In the quiet neighborhood of Mineola, New York an East Village like art gallery stands out
amongst the many stores dotting the main drag of Jericho Turnpike. The owner Andy Choy
who hails from China brought over his artistic skills and opened up the gallery exactly a year
ago. Since then he has hosted local artist's exhibits every month hoping to establish a place on Long Island.
Andy who completed his studies at the Hu Nan College of Arts and Sciences developed
a love for abstract art and expressionism. In China he has had numerous solo shows in
Taiwan, Hu Nan, Shanghai, ShenZhen and Hong Kong winning awards along the way. Yet
he decided to come to New York and establish a presence in America. His goal actually is
to develop some sort of exchange program where he wishes to attract artists in China to
come to NY and artists from America to experience Chinese art in China. It is a unique
idea that he is still working on.
At the gallery he also has his aide fellow artist Ruoqiao Zhu whose art work borders on
realism and expressionism. She also came to America a year ago after studying Landscape
Design in China. Her love for art is evident as she sinks her teeth into her works which are
small paintings. Her pieces which are always completed on small canvas are colorful and
mostly done in oils. Andy's work is much larger and made in bright colors with mixed mediums.
"Working small is easier for me since I can control the space,
I am working in. For inspiration I typically listen to American rock music. My goal is
to inspire others through my work and learn different styles of art from other artists,"
The two have worked hard to attract new people to their gallery as much as new artists.
It is a nice space with paintings of different styles gracing their walls. You can find everything
from abstract, cubism to pure realism. It is a nice mix of styles where it can please any visitor.
On the 26th of December they held their newest solo show by artist Lin Li entitled "Flowers
live deep in the heart -Lin li solo exhibition". Her work is vibrant and full of bright colors that
focus on the beauty of the outdoors and indoors. Lin has only been in NY for a week and plans
to return to China but desires to make NY her new home. It is her first solo show in NY. She
was told about Andy's Art Gallery via a fellow artist and Lin was interested to show her work
at the Long Island Gallery.
Being a female, she has always been attracted to flowers and bright colors. Hence, her work
reflects her personal tastes and places that depict these subjects. One of her bigger inspirations
is the artist Van Gough. Lin focuses most of her works on landscapes and still life. She has had
numerous solo shows in her native China. The shows she participated in were art contests which
she has come in first place many times. Her current goal is to build an audience in America with
her work and find a place within the art scene. Which is pretty much the same mission Andy and
Ruoqiao (also known as Bibi) have. If your ever on Long Island stop by the Andy Art Gallery on
106 East Jericho Turnpike and you will find their hospitality and art work worth the ride. To keep up
with their shows look them up at the link below.