John To resides in Castro Valley. He was born in Vietnam in 1947. He studied the
Lingnan Style of Chinese painting with master Luong Thieu Hang in Vietnam before coming to the United States. Later he studied with professor Lui-Sang Wong, whose paintings are collected and shown at the SF Asian Art Museum.
John is a gifted painter of flowers and birds in the realist style, particularly known for his peonies. In his painting, John combines a traditional Chinese aesthetic with modern elements to create work with wide appeal. He exhibited his first solo show at the Clay Studio in San Francisco in July 1993. He is a member of the Oriental Art Association, and has participated in many art exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014 and 2015, he was awarded “Best of the Show” in the Trilogy Annual Juried Art Shows.
From 2012 to 2019 he taught Chinese Painting at the Hayward Senior Center at the Hayward Japanese Garden. He has influenced many artists from all over the East Bay. During this pandemic period he has continued his painting while also providing his support to his students and artist friends via social media.