Deanna was born in New York state, to parents from China and Taiwan. She grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and after many years of training in classical music on various instruments, she received her degree from Oberlin College and the Art Institute of Chicago.
She studied at the Rome office of the Tyler Art School. At a young age she was able to observe microorganisms and microparticles in her mother’s scientific laboratory, and she is still fascinated by the abstract images that nature can reveal. In her work she tries to interpret traces of growth and change, forms that nature reveals in the environment that surrounds us. She has held solo exhibitions at Robert Henry Contemporary, Wave Hill, and PS122 in New York and Artemisia Gallery, Chicago.
Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at numerous venues, including: The Drawing Center, Abrons Art Center, NURTUREart, and the Projects scheme in New York City; Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; SPACES in Cleveland; and George Mason University, Virginia.
Her prizes and awards include: a Pollock-Krasner contribution, a contribution to Asia Society, BRIC Media Fellowship, Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs grants, and Mural Fellowship, National Academy. She was an artist in residence at the Millay Colony and Saltonstall Foundation.