The International Chinese Fine Arts Council (ICFAC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing a resource, platform and network to support the collaboration and advancement of Overseas Chinese in the Arts – with the core mission of advocating for humanity and sustainability, and standing up in solidarity against hate and discrimination.
Since its formation in 2006, the ICFAC have endeavored to unite, engage, and represent the creative advancement of the Overseas Chinese – the largest ethnic group of the fastest growing population in the United States – to foster a sense of belonging a communication among the Chinese Diaspora on every continent, bridging the vast cultural gaps with shared experiences and rich traditions.
We are a team of passionate individuals striving to utilize our platform to support, engage, and connect Overseas Chinese creatives, art owners, and art lovers to better resources and representation through creating opportunities, producing artistic and cultural content and programming, stimulate conversation around important social issues, and facilitate positive change.
Born and raised into a family of art enthusiasts, Inez Suen has an eye for the obvious, the outrageous, and the overlooked when it comes to discovering and promoting fine art. A world traveler, consultant, curator, and connoisseur of life, she is passionate about sustainability, migration, and diaspora in the arts. A native of Chicago by way of Taipei, she first learned about art from her grandfather, an electrical engineer who was also a painter and calligrapher. Moving to Miami after 10 years in the NYC art world, with over 20 years of international art industry experience, Suen now overseas and serves as director of the ICFAC. Suen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and attended Masters Programs in the History of Design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Parsons School of Design in New York. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Dim Sum Dialogues
Dim Sum Dialogues (DSD) is a series of panel discussions based on the idea of sharing valuable knowledge, experience, and insight, led by members of the creative community. We started DSD as a platform to call for visibility, discourse, and intersectional unity in the face of social issues. While these complex and deeply rooted problems cannot be solved in one afternoon, we believe conversations like these can spread positivity, make a difference, and bring – as Dim Sum literally translates to – "a light touch on the heart".
We conducted our first DSD panel on the 28th of May, with the topic: Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 Racism in the Creative Community – a recording of the talk along with resources shared by panelists and attendees is up on our Dim Sum Resources page, linked below. We are currently working on putting together our next DSD – stay tuned!
Chimera: Overseas Chinese Rally
Chimera is an ongoing collective Facebook Group project for the Overseas Chinese and Asian community to get together and share positive and empowering resources, ideas and actions in response to the increase in racism and discrimination following the outbreak of COVID-19.