Monika Lin, the director of Colorbox, was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1986 she accepted a scholorship to the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. After college, she moved to San Francisco where she worked for 12 years before heading to New York City and then Kansas City where she taught painting practice and theory at the Kansas City Art Institute for several years before taking the job that would bring her to China. She now lives in Shanghai with her husband and daughter where she works as an artist, educator, designer, and independent curator. She is an internationally exhibited artist, represented by galleries in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Shanghai.