Shan-Shun Yao (XiaoYao Yao) was born in 1942 in ZheJiang Province, China. He had a passion for painting since his childhood days. His formal training includes Chinese brush painting lessons from Hu, Nian-Zu, oil paintings from Doug L. Mcllvain, Ozzie A. Arnts, and Connelle Gaynor. Over the past couple of years, he has become more interested in portrait paintings.
2010 Best in Show
N.J. Chapter – American Artists Professional League, Inc., 2010 Open State Juried Exhibition of Representational Art
2010 Kojola Award for Realism (painting),
Guild of Creative Art 18th Annual Open Juried Show
2009 Honorable Mention in painting,