Vivien Zheng, from NIST International School’s Class of 2008, was named by Forbes in April 2017 as one of the 30 Under 30: The Arts, a list that profiles 30 of the most promising young artists across Asia. 

After graduating from NIST, Vivien went on to earn her BA in Fine Art from UCL (University College London) and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, the world’s leading university for art and design in the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings.

As described in Forbes, Vivien “creates intricate oil paintings with repetitive patterns and abstract, bright colors and forms. Her work is heavily influenced by a sense of geographical fluidity and an interest in the intersections of cultures and forms.” Her work has been highlighted at exhibitions across Europe and Asia, including in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Hong Kong and Beijing.

As a full IB school, NIST places high value on the arts, both within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities. Beyond contributing to higher performance in other academic subjects, participation in the arts cultivates crucial soft skills and attitudes toward learning. More importantly, it helps students explore and reflect on culture and ethics, driving them to become more globally aware and conscientious as they move on to university studies and careers.