1992年前往舊金山The Academy of Art University就讀，1994年取得藝術碩士後，在加州3D動畫任職資深藝術指導，雖擁有成功的事業，仍然不斷持續創作、研習進修，在工作中仍然渴望著專業作畫，常態與其他藝術家交流請益學習不同思維與畫技。這些年她從西岸搬到東岸，直到十二年前落腳於夏威夷歐胡島，開始了創作最豐盛的時期。埋首於畫室不停創作，除了作畫之外本身還寫詩，她最欣賞的畫家是”約翰•辛格•薩金特”(John Singer Sargent)，所以創作上選擇寫實的畫風，近年來她的創作渴望愈來愈強烈，在美國無數的展覽旅程下已經無法阻止她心中的夢想，將作品美好完整的呈現到自己的故鄉台灣。
Yu-Fen Shen (沈玉芬) was born in 1968 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung (高雄). As a student in high school—while most of her generation had little idea what their future would look like—she had set her mind early to be a professional artist. In her first very year, she studied under Professor Zheng Zongqiong (鄭宗瓊), an understudy of the classical Chinese painting master (and polymath), Puru (溥心畬).Right after completing applied art studies at Shih Chien College, Taipei, she got firsthand experience at a Japanese firm in 1989, moving overseas to Japan to become a designer. While working in Tokyo—and in her spare time—she continued her studies in painting techniques and visual communication arts.
By 1992 Yu-Fen Shen had moved to San Francisco, and after earning her Masters in Art Degree at the Academy of Art University, in 1994 she found herself working for 3DO, with a successful career as digital art director. While constantly creating, learning and training herself at work, still possessed with her determination to specialize in painting, Yu-Fen Shen pursued her interest in fine arts by learning and studying painting techniques, exchanging ideas with a community of artists.Several years later, and after moving to the east coast, Yu-Fen Shen has now since established her roots in Hawaii (Honolulu) for a dozen years now, and where her most productive creative period began. Delving into painting with even more purpose, Yu-Fen Shen has been creating nonstop. In addition to portrait paintings she also writes classical Chinese poetry. Yu-Fen Shen especially admires the work of John Singer Sargent, and has thus chosen realism along with her artistic sense of writing in her art. Within recent years her artistic passion has become even more intense. Realizing her unstoppable dream of creating new art, and already having displayed her work in numerous U.S. exhibitions, Yu-Fen Shen now brings a comprehensive showing of her fine art to her homeland of Taiwan.