Sylvia Ji – Potential Ballerina Paleontologist


Name: Sylvia Ji
Nickname: Ji-unit/ Sign: Aquarius

Holiday- fourth of july, I love bbq’s, beers, fireworks and summer nights.
Scent – I love the smell of a restaurant kitchen, especially garlic, onions, and carrots being sauteed in olive oil.
Pizza topping – the Asian in me loves anchovies
Q1. What is the best show (music) you have ever been too? 
A1.Radiohead at the Berkeley Greek
Q2. If you could live in any time period or be anyone dead or alive, who would you be or where would you go? 
A2. I think i’d love to travel back to the early 70’s and see a bunch of Led Zeppelin concerts.
Q3. What is something you hate doing, but must do anyways?  
A3. Paying bills and taxes!
Q4. If you had to give up one of your 5 senses, which one would you abandon? 
A4. I could go without taste, but only for a little while.
Q5. Most rewarding moment of your life thus far? 
A5.Being able to quit the 9-5 and fully commit to art making.
Q6. If you owned a parrot, what would you teach it to say? 
A6. I’d teach my parrot buddhist sayings, something to keep me motivated.
Q7. How old were you the first time you got drunk? How was the experience? 
A7. All I remember was me and a bunch of friends singing bohemian rhapsody at the top of our voices, then passing out.
Q8. Biggest Pet Peeve? 
A8.Drivers who don’t use their turn signals! This kills me!
Q9. What was your childhood ambition? 
A9.I wanted to be the best ballerina paleontologist ever.

Q10. Is there any toy you really wanted as a kid but was never given? Did you ever buy it for yourself when you got older?  
A10.I guess not a toy, but a pet! I have two cats now!

 Sylvia Ji paints the presence of strong and powerful women with a mysterious gaze rendering them further in to their untouchable state. Known for her Dia Del Muertos women, their faces painted in the Day of the Dead sugar skull style, she makes each pattern as unique to her subjects face as the character she creates. Recently her work has been exploring Native American allegory and the essence of its rich history and culture. Painting her love for culture, understanding, emotion, and life into each piece not only does she capture her audience but commands it.

Please view more of Sylvia Ji’s work on her website.

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