Emily Cheng attended the New York Studio School and received her BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Her solo shows include, Shenzhen Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA, Taipei), Hanart Gallery in Hong Kong,The Bronx Museum, Bravin Post Lee Gallery, David Beiztel Gallery, Lang and O'Hara Gallery in NY, Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe; Louis Vuitton, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Metropolitan Museum of Manila; and the Ayala Museum in Manila, Philippines; Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City; The Cincinatti Center of Contemporary Art; Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia; and Timezone 8 in Beijing.
Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such at MASS MoCA; Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, China; Contemporary Art Museum at USF, Tampa, Florida; Yerba Buena Contemporary Art Center, SF; National Academy of Arts, NY; American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; Katonah Museum of Art, NY; Shanghai MOCA; Contrast Gallery, Shanghai; Juan Silos Gallery, Santander, Spain.
Emily Cheng has been the recipient the New York Foundation of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pollock Krasner Award and a Yaddo Fellowship. In 2007,Timezone 8 published Emily Cheng, Chasing Clouds, A decade of studies. In 2018, she will have a solo exhibition at the Palais Lichtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria.