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Simon’s Biography simon-photo-2
February 17, 2016

Passion, ingenuity, and a constant attention to detail are just a few traits Simon Liu, founder and CEO of Simon Liu Inc., imbues in his company. Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Simon began his journey in the United States as a young student interested in classic engineering. Enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Simon realized that his interests lay in the fine arts. After being admitted to the BFA art program at the University of Hartford, CT, Simon completed a four-year degree in two years, studying all facets of art–painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.

After graduating from The Hartford Art School, Simon continued his education by enrolling in Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting. At Pratt, Simon met the abstract expressionist painter George MacNeil who was looking for an assistant in his studio, primarily a stretcher-builder. George immediately hired Simon due to his engineering and woodworking background, a skill Simon developed while working in a Connecticut-based woodworking factory. While working for George for two years, Simon completed his MFA, but he decided to put painting aside and concentrate on designing and building the best stretchers and panels that he could.

Upon graduating from Pratt Institute, Simon began making a name for himself in the stretcher-making world, slowly building a business from the ground up. In the late 80’s, working by himself, Simon sought out clients, pitched his products, took orders, ordered material, designed and built the products, and, with the stretchers strapped to his trusty 1974 yellow Volkswagen Beetle, made all deliveries himself.

After 32 years in business, Simon and his employees continue to show passion and creativity in their work. Known for our custom and specialized products, SIMON LIU INC. has many acclaimed clientele, including the world’s most renowned artists, conservators, and museums. Moreover, SIMON LIU INC. offers a full line of discounted art supplies in it’s Brooklyn-based business. simonsartsupplies.com

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