Xinlin (Xinleh) was born in Beijing and grew up in Singapore. I received my Bachelor of Design in Communication Design from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

To learn English as a child, I was given a lot of books to read by my mother. This habit instilled my lifelong interest in books. For several years I worked as an editor, book publisher and translator. 

Growing up, I wanted to be a writer, an actress and a paleontologist. The variety of interests would explain the storytelling aspect of my work. Art is a way to record my thoughts and express my views about the world, an attempt to connect seemingly unrelated things together, to make sense of my relationship with time.

I'm attracted to themes of mystery, beauty, distortion, the bizarre and supernatural. I gravitate towards things that are not conventionally attractive. I am fascinated by  Chinese history and heritage, the lushness and sensuality of Southeast Asia, its wildlife, myths and legends. Besides Asian mythology, I also love stories related to the ocean and marine creatures. 

(Painting not by me: Let me know if you're the artist!)

(Painting not by me: Let me know if you're the artist!)