Photo by Ian Hart
Maxine Leu is an emerging artist, art educator, and environmentalist from Taiwan. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Tainan University of Technology (TUT), Tainan, Taiwan and her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has worked in sculpture, printmaking and art education for several years. Her work tends to focus on the environment, communication, and identity. Leu has been promoting several workshops about upcycling and recycling that have been inspired by concerns over global warming, waste production, and other environmental issues.
In 2015, Maxine came to New York from Taiwan and began to show an interest in the cultural differences between Western and Eastern cultures. In 2016, she collaborated with the New Paltz ReUse Center to build a giant dung beetle from repurposed materials. She was honored with the Peoples' Choice award for Recycle 2018 Art Exhibition in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, NY, and the Artspace award for The Earth Speaks V in the Dunning Art Gallery, Tannersville, PA. One of her popular works, Plady made up of 300 woven plastic bags and resembles a mummy, has been a part of cooperative performances such as The Bags, The Earth Action- Two Hour Collection, Global Climate Strike and The Story of Water in 2019.