May Zheng

Currently 20 years old, May began attending the Art Academy of Hillsborough, with Kevin Murphy, world-renowned illustrator and portrait artist and founder of Evolve Artist Training, as her instructor when she was 12. At age 16, May was apprenticed to Murphy and began intensive study with him in illustration and fine arts.

Her first book cover was published by kOZMIC Press in September 2021 for The Mad King by Rebekah Mabry. At age 19, she has been recognized as a Finalist by the 16th Art Renewal Center Salon in the professional tiers of Imaginative Realism and Portraiture. At age 20, May has been recognized as one of the winners of the Illustrators of the Future contest. May has worked with Evolve Artist Training to provide painting livestreams to an international audience. Selections of her work are on display at Highlands Art Gallery. May works in both traditional oil paint as well as digital mediums.

In addition to painting, she is currently a full time student at Rutgers University, pursuing a major in Cognitive Science and a minor in Russian literature.

Exhibiting at the IX Art Show this year

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