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Cat Xu Art
Cat Xu Art

Cat Xu Art

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Introduction: My mission is to create art that celebrates the people in your heart. My style is realistic and flattering because I seek to capture everybody's best selves. I've been in business serving the Bay Area for over 10 years. My art revolves around faces, which I paint in watercolor fine art and also draw through traditional caricatures. I can take commissions remotely, based on photos -- see my project examples, and feel free to ask. Thank you for stopping by!

Hired 11 times

Serves San Francisco, CA

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1 employee

13 years in business

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Apple Pay, Cash, PayPal, Venmo

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Jul - Dec

Featured Projects

16 photos

  • Caricature Commission

    Portrait Artistry

  • Wedding Portrait Commission

    Portrait Artistry


Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

Excellent 4.9

10 reviews


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Giovanna B.

Portrait Artistry

Cat Was great! Extremely professional, and eager to bring my grandmother’s photo to life through her interpretation and artistry. I felt very comfortable discussing edits and tweaks with Cat, and with her openness she produced a beautiful portrait that brought me to tears.
Dec 16, 2020
Sonja F.


Cat was an amazing asset to my daughter's birthday party. The artwork is incredible and it's wonderful for the kids to bring home their pictures, all worthy of a frame. Captures a memorable day! Thanks Cat.
Cat Xu Art's reply
Thank you Sonja!! It was a treat to spend an afternoon drawing the kids, especially since they're so creative and love to draw :)
May 3, 2021
Gillian C.


Cat arrived early to set up so that she was ready to start right on time. She did an amazing job and the kids all loved their pieces. She was the hit of the event.
Cat Xu Art's reply
Thank you for the review!! It was a blast to draw with the kids and share their enthusiasm! Thank you for inviting me!
May 4, 2021
Kelly d.


Cat was amazing! the project was done using a few photos of the subjects, and somehow she seemed capture their personalities without ever meeting them! i would definitely hire her again, and would most certainly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional artist! Thanks Cat !
Cat Xu Art's reply
Thank you for commissioning such a thoughtful gift, and for sharing photos/stories to make this project come together! Glad they liked the drawing :)
Jan 6, 2020
Lyna P.


My family and friends loved Cat work. We had her extend her stay and she was very accommodating!
Cat Xu Art's reply
Thanks Lyna for welcoming me to your party! It was a treat to draw the kids! Hope your friends and family have a great holiday season :)
Dec 2, 2019
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Cathy Xu


  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I’ve been keen on drawing and painting from a young age, and was recruited by a caricature company through my art program. Pros in the industry put me through a caricature bootcamp, and I was working as a live artist during summers between school. It’s a passion I’ve taken with me for decades.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    I caricature live for birthday parties, corporate events, marriage proposals, weddings, and for guests at a theme park. I also draw based off photos, to commemorate anniversaries, holidays, and special occasions. I’ve drawn people of all backgrounds and ages, from toddlers to adults and everyone in between!

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    Caricatures are as much about the process as they are about the final artwork! Make sure your artist is friendly, conversationalist, and able to put your guests at ease during a 5-10 minute sketch; otherwise the drawings won’t capture the person’s warmth and personality.

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