Award-winning artist dies in traffic accident


LASTING ART – Barbara Shwe-Ching Liang stands next to her elephant sculpture, which she created out of organic unsalted peanuts and a glue-gun. The sculpture was featured at the “2009 Student Art Show,” in which Liang was a winner.  Courtesy of Vincent Price Art Museum


By Jesus Figueroa


“2009 Student Art Show” winner Barbara Shwe-Ching Liang died on June 1, 2013 at the age of 29 in a traffic accident in Los Angeles.

The exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

Award-winning sculpture “Warning: May Contain Peanuts” held on display at the Vincent Price Art Museum in the student art show was was created by Liang. The elephant sculpture made with organic unsalted peanuts and a glue-gun was displayed by the entrance to the “2009: Student Art Show.”

Liang was born on February 7,  1984 at Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to Benjamin and Lonna Liang.

Liang was raised in Los Angeles surrounded by her family.

In 1996 Liang moved to Alhambra where she resided until her death. She attended Alhambra High School and graduated class of 2002.

During Liang’s high school years she was a comic book artist for the school newspaper.

Liang continued her education at East Los Angeles College, where she concentrated on the arts. She took many different art classes in different mediums of art. She would later choose graphic design as her career goal.

Liang is survived by Benjamin Liang, father, Anita, sister, and Christina Liang, sister.

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