Currently residing in Louisville, KY, Jessica is native to New Mexico and focuses on both communities to share her work. Jessica Chao studied at the University of New Mexico, focusing on lithography, sculpture, and oil painting, and earned a BA in studio arts in 2012. Jessica has been a contributing member of the Albuquerque art community by participating in art shows and co-founding the Graft art collective formerly situated in Albuquerque's historic Barelas neighborhood.
Jessica has shown work in Albuquerque, NM including Harwood Art Center, 516 Art, the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation Gallery, where Jessica received “Curator’s Choice” award given by Regina Held, Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum. In other regions, Jessica was selected to show at the Surreal Salon with guest juror Greg "Craola" Simkins, Chicago Art Department, Louisville Visual Arts, and Carbon Copy Gallery.
Jessica Chao's art centers around humans and their psychological states which can be implied through carefully orchestrated narrative moments. The moments are glimpses of past memory or feelings.
Jessica's artwork is designed to “peculiarize” the familiar to draw attention to undercurrents of hidden meaning. Jessica's works of art supports narratives that are meant to drive the implications of human relationships, our world that includes animals and plants, and larger problems that introduce topics of environmental issues.