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Zhou Tianya












Zhou Tianya


Well known Chinese watercolorist Zhou Tianya was born in jingzhou city, Hubei Province, China. Currently he is Curator of the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennale Exhibition. As a watercolorist, art educator and editor, he lives in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, China, with his wife and daughter.
Zhou is a member of China Artists Association, a signature member of National Watercolor Society, USA.artistic Advisory Member for Asian Museun of Watercolor Art. he studied art at the Hubei Institute of Fine Art in Wuhan, and taught watercolor and was Chair of the Art Department at Jingchu Academy of Technology in Hubei Prov..
Zhou has participated in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions and won more than 50 awards for his paintings both in China and abroad, including the Bronze Medal Award of the 10th National Arts Exhibition of the Ministry of Culture of the P. R. China and China Artists Association. He also won one of top prize" Jack Richeson & Co. Purchase Award" in the 89th Annual Juried Exhibition of National Watercolor Society, US (and accepted into the National Traveling Exhibition 2009-2010, one year long tour, six venues), the 1st Place Award in the Watercolor Art Society-Houston’s 32nd International Exhibition and the 2nd Place in the VII Viña del Mar Watercolor International Biennial in Chile, the 2nd Place in the International Watercolor Society(Turkey ) Art Contest. His work was accepted into the 145th American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition and Traveling Exhibition 2012-2013(one year long tour, seven venues), and Juried into the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition in UK.
His works can be found in many public and private collections in China, USA, France, Turkey, UK, and Chile. including the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, Zhengzhou Museum of Art in Henan. Hubei Museum of Art in Wuhan, Guanlan Museum of Art in Shenzhen, Jack Richeson & Co. in US. and Enjoy Casino of Viña del Mar in Chile.
His paintings and art articles have been featured in numerous publications, including Watercolor Artist (US), Splash 11-12, International Artists (Australia), Art Magazine (China), The Artist Magazine (U.K.), Takungpao (Hong Kong) , The Art of Watercolor (France), a book about his watercolor art titled The Case study of the Chinese Contemporary Famous Watercolorist Zhou Tianya published by Beijing Art & Design Press in 2010. Zhou also co-authored Inspirations and Technical Breakthroughs - Secrets of International Watercolor Masters with Dr. Ruan Hoe of UCLA, published by Jilin Fine Art Press, China, in 2012.


The main Juried Exhibitions and Awards in Recent Years(Partial Listing):

1999,The 9th National Fine Arts Juried Exhibition /The Ministry of Culture of the P. R. China and China Artists Association/in Jiangsu Museum of Art.
2000,The 5th National Watercolor and Pastel Juried Triennial Exhibition/ China Artists Association/in Gangdong Museum of Art.

2000,The Yaheng Cup-Nationgal Paintings(Chinese painting and watercolor) Juried Exhibition/ China Artists Association/ in Henan Museum.

2000, Golden Award-Heading for the 21st Century:Hubei Painting and Calligraphy Juried Exhibition/Hubei Artists Association/ in Hubei Institute of Fine Art Museum.

2000, Silver Award - Hubei University Teachers' Fine Arts and Photographic Juried Exhibition/in Hubei Academy of Fine Art Museum.

2001,The First National Portain & Fiqure in Watercolor Juried Exhibition/ China Artists Association/ in the Luxun Academy of Art Museum

2004, Bronze Medal Award-10th National Fine Art Juried Exhibition/ the Ministry of Culture of the P. R. China and China Artists Association .

2004,The 2nd Li Jianhen Award-Nationgal Watercolor Juried Biennial Exhibition/ China Artists Association/ in Jiangsu Museum of Art.

2004,Golden Award - the 3rd Guangdong Watercolor Juried Triennium Exhibition/Guangdong Artists Association/ in Jiangmen City gallery.

2005,Excellent Award- the 7th National Watercolor and Pastel Juried Triennial Exhibition/ China Artists Association/ in Guangdong Museum of Art.

2005,Golden Award-the 6th Guangdong Fine Arts & Calligraphy & Photographic Juried
Exhibition/Guangdong Artists Association/ in Longgang Artistic Center.

2006,Finalist-The Classical Fine Arts in the Past 50 Years in Guangdong Province.

2007,Finalist-The 14th Qunxin Award by the Ministry of Culture of The People's Republic of China /in Guangzhou Academy of Art Museum and Xiangfan City Gymnasium.

2007,Arts Works Juried Exhibition to Celebrate the 80th Foundation of The Chinese People's Liberation Army/The Ministry of Culture of the P. R. China /in China Museum of Art.

2007, Dalbe Award(3rd Place) - the 14th Poitiers Visual Art Juried Salon in France.

2007,Invited by the Parliament of Vienne France to Host a two artist Watercolor Exhibition in the Parliamentary House and workshop.

2008,Zhou Tianya and Cao jianxin Watercolor Exhibition in the City of Shenzhen Art Gallery.

2009, M. Graham & Co. Merchandise Award- San Diego Watercolor Socitey's 29th International Juried Exhibition /San Diego Watercolor Socitey/ The Gallery of SDWS

2009, Jack Richeson Purchase Award-the 89th Annual Juried Exhibition of National Watercolor Society andTraveling Exhibition /National Watercolor Society USA/The Brea Art Gallery,Fallbrook Art Center,Cultural Center of Cape Cod,Zanesville Museum of Art,Kerr Arts and Cultural Center,Firehouse Arts Center

2009, First Place Award - Watercolor Art Society-Houston's 32nd Intenational Juried Exhibition‏/ Watercolor Art Society-Houston /The Gallery of WAS-H

2009,The 11th National Fine Arts Works Juried Exhibition /The Ministry of Culture of the P. R. China and China Artists Association/in Jiangsu Museum of Art.

2010,Casino de Viña del Mar Award(2nd Place)-VII Vina del Mar Watercolor International Juried Biennial Exhibition in Chile 2009-2010/Organised by Municipalidad de Viña del Mar and Corporación Cultural de Viña del Mar.Sponsored by Enjoy Casino of Viña del Mar,Chile; and the collaboration of: "Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes"de Chile, "Casa del Arte de la Universidad de Concepción" ,"Centro Cultural "El Austral" de Valdivia and company "El Mercurio S.A.P."/Casino of Viña del Mar,Chile

2010, Merit Award - Watercolor Art Society-Houston's 33nd Intenational Juried Exhibition‏/ Watercolor Art Society-Houston /The Gallery of WAS-H

2011, Founders Award - Pikes Peak Watercolor Society's International Watermedia XVII Juried Exhibition‏/ Pikes Peak Watercolor Society /Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs,CO.USA.

2012, American Watercolor Society's 145th International Juried Annual Exhibition‏/ American Watercolor Society/Salmagundi Club in New York.USA.

2012, Royal Watercolour Society 21st Century Contemporary Watercolour Competition / Royal Watercolour Society / Bankside Gallery in London,UK.

2013, Dorothy J.Corson Award - the 88th Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Open Water Exhibition

2013, National Watercolor Society 93rd Annual Exhibition.

2013, fourth International Watercolours Biennale “Vada + Farba”. Polotsk, Belarus.



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