Bilan Liao

BiLan Liao is a contemporary Chinese artist, educator and motivational speaker. She was born and raised in China experiencing the many reforms under Mao Zedong from 1949

to 1976. The most common reform known in the West was called the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which would become the modern world’s greatest tragedy. During Mao’s

period, it is estimated that over 45 million died. Even today, people are surprised to learn about this history of China under Mao’s dictatorship. BiLan Liao dealt with the pain of struggling

through this difficult period in history by painting the story of her journey.

Bilan’s art and stories are featured in her book Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter  that follows her journey in China and offers an honest look at the political, social, and cultural

issues of China for 50 years. She explores the relationships between her personal story, Chinese history, and fine art. Her paintings are dramatic, soulful and revealing, and they open

a discussion to what it truly felt like to live through the worst holocaust in recorded human history. Her paintings are a window into a search for meaning, purpose, love, and the power of holding

firm to your dream.

BiLan’s father was a physician, and along with other professionals, educators and business owners, they lost everything and were sent to work in the factories, on farms and many went

to prison. BiLan’s father was “labeled a Capitalist,” and went to prison three times while Bilan along with her mother, grandmother, sister and brother went hungry with millions of Chinese.

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Learn more about Bilan’s story and more in our latest issue of Women of Wealth