Vivian Chiu was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. She received a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University. Vivian teaches at various craft schools and was an Adjunct Professor in Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019-2023. She was awarded a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture and the 2023-24 VMFA Fellowship, as well as many other residencies. Vivian currently lives and works in Richmond, VA, and exhibits her work nationally.