BiLan is a new filmmaker, retired art professor in 2016 to concentrate on her artwork, her documentary film. She is the author of the book Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter, and received the 2019 Readers' Favorite Book Review and Award.
She was born and raised in China. She and her family experienced much discrimination and many hardships under the dictator Mao Zedong. During this dark period, all the schools were closed, and books were destroyed, and she had to study in secret. She was blessed with a variety of artistic talents: painting, photography, fashion design, journalism, and teaching. While still in China, in 1999 she was granted U.S. permanent residency as an “Alien of Extraordinary Abilities.” At age forty-five, she realized her dream when she came to America.
BiLan earned two master’s degrees in art (MA and MFA), studied art in Italy, and became an art college professor in Kentucky, where she built the BiLan Liao Gallery. BiLan’s artistic perspective explores the relationships between her personal story, Chinese history, and fine art in Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter. Her priorities are to be educational and to learn from our history and no longer make repeated mistakes as she describes her life during the worst holocaust in recorded human history. Despite the horrors she endured, including the deaths of her father and sister, she has a message of hope to share with people: even during difficult times, never give up your dreams.
She has been featured in these news programs: Chicago Movie Magazine, ABC Night line, AJC, Supper China, The world China, Morning Blend (ABC), 106 Radio, WSIU (PBS), National Public Radio, Paducah Channel 6 and 2, Atlanta Chinese News, Women of Wealth magazine, PaducahSun newspaper, Paducah Life magazine etc. Her artwork exhibited in national and international at galleries and museums.
Please visit her website: www.bilanliao.com