Marlene Tseng Yu was born in Taiwan in 1937 and came to the U.S. in 1963. From 1969 to 2007, she lived and worked in SoHo, New York City, and in 2008, opened a studio in Long Island City. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei in 1960, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1967. She taught art at Denver University in Colorado in 1967 to 1968. Since 1994, she has been on the Advisory Committee of the Fine Arts Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1995, she has curated exhibitions for the new art movement, “Forces of Nature." Marlene is Founder and Curator of the Rain Forest Art Foundation (2001 to present). In 2014, Marlene established her own museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Marlene Yu Museum.
As of June 30, 2019, Marlene Tseng Yu has had 81 solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and numerous international group shows.
Marlene’s art has been reviewed in 9 languages in more than 300 publications, by numerous art magazines, newspapers, TV, and radio shows, such as ARTFORUM, Art in America, Art News, World Journal, and Barbara Walters’ Today Show.
Marlene has received many awards for achievement in the arts. In 2005, she received the first “Muse” Fine Arts Award in the Muralist Paintings category at the inaugural ARTV Awards in Las Vegas.
For more than 50 years of creation, Marlene has completed 4800 paintings, of which over 1000 are in public and private collections. Marlene is able to do commission work according to requirements of large-scale architectural projects.