In 1982, Shan Shan Sheng came to United States to pursue her academic and artistic interests by attending Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree, and continued to Harvard University as an artist-in-residence for two years. Now she lives and works in San Francisco.
In 1989, she was an official artist for the Asian Art Festival in Chicago, she was one of a hundred distinguish career women for the city of Chicago. In her 25 years as a professional artist, she has spent the last 18 years working in the public art field. She has now completed over 30 large-scale projects in the states of California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Florida, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and the cities of Chicago, Miami, Denver, Nashville and Charlotte as well as the international cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, London and Venice. Her public art project “Ocean Wave” at port of Miami was awarded the best public art project by Americans for the Arts in 2007.
In 2009, Sheng‘s artwork “Bamboo Forest” at high speed train station, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, was awarded the best public art project by Minister of Culture, Taiwan.
Shan Shan Sheng has held over thirty one-woman shows in Europe, Asia and America. Most recently, her “Open Wall” project was including in the 53rd Venice Biennale as part of an exhibition organized by the International Association of Art, UNESCO, Italian Committee. In 2010 the Open Wall project is being exhibited at the theme pavilion Urban Footprint in the Shanghai World Expo, organized by the Shanghai Museum.
2010 Open Wall travel to Museum Kampa Prague for 6 months Exhibition. Sheng's works appear in selected public collections around the world including Harvard University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, China National Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai International Convention Center, Amoco Building in Chicago, Art Museum of South Texas, Berengo Collection, Venice, Italy and Shanghai Art Museum, Museum Millesgarden, Stockhom among others.