about Jenny

I create with the hand of an architect and the heart of a scientist. My drawings serve as an infinite sketchbook – a way to organize a messy inner monologue with the help of an ever-evolving visual logic.

Part neurological self portrait and part unintentional rorschach test, my drawings explores a miniature universe borne out of spontaneous expression and meticulous chaos.


Jenny Guan was born in Shaoguan, China in 1985. As a first generation immigrant growing up within the ever expanding Silicon Valley, she cultivated an appreciation for logic and systems through frequent trips with her mechanical engineer father to electronic stores and robotic laboratories.

These early explorations of the magic that happens when one puts the right pieces together in the right order carried over into a decade long career as a practicing architect, and later on, as a co-founder of a predictive analytics startup. The experiences and knowledge gained from this multidisciplinary path provides a continuous funnel for her body of artwork.

Jenny received her Bachelor of Architecture from California College in 2008, where she recently taught drawing and digital fabrication as a member of the design faculty. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.

exhibition history

Drawing Now: 
September 2019, B4B3L4B, Oakland, CA

The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty: Art Pop-up featuring Todd Hanson, Jonah Roll, and Jenny Guan
September 2019, 1226 Church, San Francisco

stARTup Art Fair
April 2019, Hotel del Sol, San Francisco

AnarchaPortugal  featured artist
July 2018, Porto, Portugal

Everything is a Little Strange at the Moment  solo exhibition
March 2018, The Laundry, San Francisco

Meticulous Chaos: the Sketchbooks of Jenny Guan  solo exhibition
October 2008, Thomas & Tecoah Bruce Gallery, Califonia College of the Arts, San Francisco


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