Meet The Artist With Down Syndrome Painting From Her Travels

With infinite love and support from her family, Hui-Ting Chuang expresses herself through art and her travels around the world.

Hui Ting painting Taipei Wendy

A few month ago, I met Hui-Ting in Nepal. She was quiet, calm and extremely attentive. It’s no surprise the 23-year-old with Down Syndrome was such an angel, her parents exuded just as much sweetness. Mrs. Chuang was an open-minded, charismatic woman with infinite stories to tell. She was always by Hui-Ting’s side. At times, their bond was seemingly mother/daughter. But most of the time, they looked like best friends who knew each other all their lives. Mr. Chuang was a business man who had barrels of jokes, ones that would make my stomach hurt from laughing uncontrollably. One look from Hui-Ting, the funny man would melt then gravel at her feet.

On Saturday, right inside the gorgeous Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Hui-Ting hosted her second solo exhibition featuring 20-some oil paintings. The British Castle, Amazon River, Russia, American Big Fall, Saver of North Carolina were just a few of the global landscapes that Hui-Ting has captured from traveling around the world.

Hui Ting painting Taipei

Former Director of Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Professor Kuang-Nan Huang, candidly shares:

The expression of painting aesthetics is the result to convey feelings, thoughts and skills to paintings, and also a kind of form between human nature and nature, or social recognition and expression…Hui-Ting’s paintings are not dreams, but the expression of reality.

In Nepal, never once did I hear Hui-Ting complain about any aspect of the trip. She ate quietly and indulged in local cuisine. She strolled along the streets on Durbar Squares and snapped photos with her phone, observantly. I think she was an even more impressive travel buddy than some of my girlfriends. I asked Mrs. Chuang how she was so complacent about any situation. Apparently, it’s simply part of her easygoing personality.

Taipei Chiang Kai Shek Hui Ting art

Just as I typically capture my travels with a pen and a journal, Hui-Ting grasps her worldly experiences with a brush and a blank canvas. There I was, staring at paintings of places even I haven’t been to. Dynamic colors, strokes with conviction, straightforward yet abstract; the way Hui-Ting depicts the world somehow brought tears to my eyes. And there she was, being paparazzi-ed by a group of Buddhist monks. No big deal.

I love the way the world comes through this young woman’s eyes and art. I’m pretty sure she is what a living inspirational angel looks like.

Email us if you’d like more info on Hui-Ting’s paintings:

Italian Mountain Range: 

Hui Ting painting Taipei Italian Mountain Range

Japanese Bank:

Hui Ting painting Taipei Japanese Bank

Dad and Camel:

Hui Ting painting Taipei dad and camel

Alishan (Taiwan):

Hui Ting painting Taipei Alishan

American Big Fall:

Hui Ting painting Taipei American Big Fall


Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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