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Zhang Wen Xin

Zhang Wen Xin

Zhang WenXin, born in 1928, is a native of Tianjin. He was an artist at the Beijing Fine Art Academy.

Zhang Wen Xin is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and a member of the China Fine Artist Association. He has been a member of OPA since 1993 and has been the recipient of cash awards for excellence every year from 1994 through 2000.

He graduated from the Department of the North China University in 1949. He also studied physics at the Beijing University.

Resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico

A self-described "people painter", Zhang Wen Xin knows first hand the sacrifices and indignities wrought by social strife and political upheaval as well as the suffering that people often endure.

He remembers well how Japanese troops invaded Tienjing and Beijing in 1937, and the food shortages that forced his family's move to Manchuria. He remembers the fighting between Japanese and Russian forces in 1945 and the Communists' victory over the Nationalists in 1949, the same year he graduated from Northern China University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in oil painting.

A recent profile in Southwest Art, noted Wen Xin was almost forced to abandon his art on three separate occasions because of the political unrest in his native country. "Yet each time he took it up again, without assurance that he could support himself and his family," the article noted.

To eat, he painted portraits of Lenin, Stalin and Chairman Mao. From 1951-1959, he worked in the People's Fine Art Studio, a department of China's Cultural Bureau. And he is one of the artists who designed the monument, Hero of People, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

With the beginnings of the Cultural Revolution in the mid-1960s, he began painting Chinese history. His paintings of village peasants reflect the beauty and grace he saw in their hearts. But the government considered them as "unfinished" and unworthy. In the 1980s, China's political mood relaxed, and he was able to move to Wyoming in 1987, and later to Albuquerque. Since then, there has been a rising interest in his works.

A prolific artist, Wen Xin once estimated he had produced some 300 pieces after only four years in America. His work is on display in Taos, Albuquerque, Denver, Jackson Hole and Park City, Jinzhou Cultural Palace, China's Liaoning Province, Jinzhou Cultural Palace, Shandoung Province, and the Habin Cultural Palace, Heilonging Province.

Wen Xin's work, a realistic portrayal of the character and meaning of his subjects, has received critical acclaim and wide appreciation from collectors the world over. In 1993, he was named a World Famous Artist by the World Modern Artists Dictionary and the Judgmentation Committee of China. In 1996, he was awarded the status of World Famous Chinese Artist and Best of Show from the Oil Painters of America, from whom he has received the title of Master Signature Painter.

He believes the unlimited freedom of expression he has found in the United States has given him a new perspective from which to reflect on the ever-changing face of China. As an artist, Wen Xin endeavors to "find the beauty that exists in this world and express it sincerely."

In 2005, Zhang Wen Xin returned to Beijing permanently to paint historic scenes of China and complete his autobiography and another book of images. He will not be sending work to the United States. We will miss him.

Zhang Yibo

Zhang Yibo - 张义波

Zhang Yibo was born in 1966. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1985.

While studying art at college, Yibo was under the direct tutelage of contemporary masters of the classical oil painting tradition (such as Wang Yidong, Jin Shangyi, Sun Weimin).

He incorporates classical Chinese elements such as period costumes replete with antique jewelry and furniture, to set the background of his paintings to the late 19th Century and early 20th century Qing Dynasty Era.
During his contact with the peoples of the Miao Tribe in Southwestern China, Yibo was greatly influenced by their rich traditions and simple lifestyle. He has since incorporated these two cultural characteristics in his works.

Says Yibo; "I like to use warm colours as the glow is gentle and soothing, signifying purity and hope; whereas the surrounding dark areas serve to intensify the chiaroscuro effect, adding a tinge of mystery."

1985: Awarded Encouragement Prize
1986: Participated in New York Exhibition
1996: Solo Exhibition, Malaysia
1998: "Out of China" Exhibition, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Represented by since 1997

Yu Xiaodong

Yu Xiaodong - 于小冬

Live: Tianjin Hexi
Home: Shenyang

children painting's  here

Wu Chengwei


吴成伟 Wu Chengwei

1973 - Born in Shenyang , Liaoning Province, China
1997 - Graduated from the Art Faculty of Shenyang University of Education, specializing in oil painting

1997-99 - Furthered his studies at the Central Art College


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