Emma Lau was born in 1979 and has lived in London (UK), Hong Kong, and, in 2016, relocated with her husband to Toronto, Canada.
Lau's art-making practice and meditation practice work hand in hand as she seeks to make visual her meditation experience through fine art. She also applies a number of the mental tools used within meditation towards creating artwork. She is influenced by study of Eastern philosophy, including Buddhist dharma, although does not subscribe to any specific religion.
Emma Lau has exhibited in London, Nottingham, Hong Kong, Port Moody BC, and Toronto ON, and her work is held in a number of private collections.
She received her MFA (High Distinction) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in partnership with Hong Kong Art School. Her PGCE from the UCL Institute of Education, a BA (Hons) from Nottingham Trent University, and Art Foundation from Central Saint Martins University Arts London. She worked as an art educator for 14 years starting in London secondary schools and later as Head of Art at an international school in Hong Kong. Following her successful MFA exhibition at Pao Galleries in Hong Kong Art Centre, she decided to resign from teaching to focus solely on studio practice and was soon granted a debut solo exhibition at a commercial gallery in Hong Kong.