Bio

My name is Xian (Xian pronounced “see-an”) and I am the human who created sweet potato pig. I was born and raised in the southern tip of that little island off the coast of New Jersey (i.e., Manhattan) and have always had a passion for anything that involves paint, clay, colored pencils, non-colored pencils, markers, and candy. My training in math and science combined with an undying interest in visual aesthetics and how humans see led me to pursue graduate studies in visual perception. Then one day, taking my PhD in psychology from New York University with me, I packed my bags and left my urban life on the concrete island for the peaceful green (and sometimes brown) pastures of Nashville, TN, where I worked as a healthcare technology researcher at Vanderbilt University.

I now live in Cambridge, MA. During the day (and sometimes nights) I work for small-ish tech organization dedicated to serving the underserved and under-resourced around the world using digital health solutions. And then, in the wee hours of the night, I may be found secretly painting or crafting in the basement after my two crazy, but inspiring young daughters and a hairy four-legged son are fast asleep…