Born and raised in Beijing, China, Tao Chen received his Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication and his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University.
Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Digital Art & Design in the Visual Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining the Art and Art History Department, he was an Assistant Professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he taught a variety of courses including web design, graphic design and computer illustration. During teaching at UWP, he worked with his students to develop print- and web-based design projects for many non-profit organizations. Chen’s specialties are in digital art, graphic/web design and his artwork has been exhibited in many regional, national and international juried exhibitions.
With over 15 years of professional design experience in web and print communications, he continues to work with various clients designing editorials, user interface and websites. Chen served as senior designer, art director for design, marketing and fashion companies in Miami, Florida and San Diego, California. His clients include Comcast, Oceania Cruises, Air China, Cooper Carry and etc. In his art & design work, he always attempts to discover the relationships among things and represent his work in a simplified and unique art form. As he says “transforming the complexity into clarity through a unique way always stimulates me to dive into the sea of art and design.”