Ni Rong lived in China until the age of 28, when she immigrated to the United States for graduate school. Her ambivalence toward her cultural identity is illustrated in her series "In America - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter." Rong's self portraits are visual interpretations of the tension between her desire to embrace the past while looking for a future for herself in a new land.
"This project has helped me to make connections both to my distant home in China and my new one in this land of freedom. It has also helped me grow as a person and as an artist by gaining a deeper perspective that home is where things were born, and growing into the new is what life is really about."
Ni Rong was born in Beijing China in 1957. She moved to the United States in 1985 for graduate school education. Since 2006, she has taken numerous photography courses at the Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop and Palm Beach Photographic Center. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Nutrition at Tufts University; a MA from Central Michigan University, and BS from Beijing Normal University.
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