Teen Namiko Liu graduated from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California
where she pursued her artistic education earning a BFA w/ distinction. She attended Vanderbilt University Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Herbert D. Ryman recipient and
currently a Writers Lit Fellow at Stony Brook Southampton.
She began designing at the studio of Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart in Manhattan as a creative
paper engineer and illustrator on children's pop-up books. Since then she has developed numerous designs
for MoMA, Lucasfilm, Candlewick Press, Scholastic Books, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Penguin Publishing Group, Vogue Japan, GE, Toei Japan, mssng peces, and has consulted for photographer David la Chapelle and The Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea. She was also the liason for the first ever life-size pop-up book exhibition in Tokyo, Japan and featured on an episode of the popular Japanese reality tv show, Ururun.
At the age of 27 she began to teach the undergraduate program at ArtCenter and
The School of Visual Arts New York
on paper engineering collaborations and modern design.
In addition, she also teaches painting.
She launched Paper Engine creative design studio specializing dimensional works of fine art media.
Her designs can be found at the Museum of Modern Art.
Teen has exhibited at the Walt Disney Gallery, Space 38/39 NY, Gallery 835 Los Angeles
and the Figures Futur Salon du Livre in Montreuil, France.
She is also an accomplished figure skater. She lives and works in Soho, New York City with her many cacti.
For whatever we lose, (like a you or a me) it's always our self we find in the sea.- e.e.cummings