Calvin Liang was born in Canton, China in 1960, and first began painting in high school. He completed his art education at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, recognized as one of China’s most prestigious and competitive art academies. In China, his skills as a fine artist were applied to the theatrical industry, where he designed and created sets for operas and musical dramas for the Canton Opera Institute.
Liang moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his profession as a full-time artist. He had a successful career creating visual art for the entertainment industry in animation, which included Walt Disney Studio and Nickelodeon Studio. He put in a semester in college learning the ins and outs of animation, and eventually helped bring “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella Stories” to life. He was later employed with Nickelodeon, working on “Angry Beavers” and “SpongeBob.” Ultimately, however, Liang became fascinated by the beautiful California landscape and decided to become a plein air painter. He put his animation career on hold when his reputation as a painter started to catch fire. He was once quoted as humorously saying, “The fine arts cannot be used for ‘SpongeBob’”.