Category Archives: Artists

Getting Ideas for Paintings on a Bus

When life is boring, it can stir people’s creativity and desire to make it more interesting. Artist Yan Bingqing believes that he should paint distinctive pictures to make up for not having weird experiences in real life. Yan likes to take the bus or...


Artist’s Portraits Slow Down the Pace of Life

Zhao Xinyu often paints women who are wearing different outfits and assuming various postures. He believes portraits are the most difficult form of realistic oil painting, but he is very pleased to take on the challenge. “Every time I appreciate other masters’ portraits, I...


Artist Journeys from Modeling Clay to Murals

Yang Shen paints his childhood fantasies. On his canvas, pupils await the arrival of US President Richard Nixon; sailors gaze out through binoculars; and the Chinese children’s song “Yifenqian” comes to life. The 42-year-old Beijing artist grew up during a time when resources were...


Aging Artist Hopes Works Can Instruct Youth

A poetic description of China’s modern-day elders calls them 70-year-olds with the faces of 60-year-olds, the fashion sense of 50-year-olds, the daily lives of 40-year-olds, the energy of 30-year-olds and the dreams of 20-year-olds. Artist Huang Ruihong, who recently celebrated her 70th birthday, see...


Sunshine Boy: Hu Yang

Hu Yang has beams with positivity, and that warmth is reflected in all his work. But as a child, Hu was raised to be quiet and reserved. “I often stayed alone seeking peace of mind, but I never felt isolated,” he says. His decision...


The Man in the Pictures

The phrase “Shang Chao” in spoken conversation would usually refer to one of China’s earliest dynasties. But for artist Shang Chao, it’s his name. “I didn’t choose it. It’s only one printed on my ID card and hukou,” he says. China’s art scene values...


Lost in Landscapes

Art has defined Ning Yufei’s life, steering her through higher education and shaping her career as an educator. Ning completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Hebei Normal University’s Academy of Fine Arts, a school that “has fostered many talented artists and is an...


Tang Wan Paints Secrets in the Sunshine

Tang Wan artistic journey began in childhood with a supportive mother. From an early age, painting was her biggest hobby and she spent most of her time engaged in various artistic pursuits. Tang finished her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Ukraine, a country she...


Art Along the Road of Love

Tian Qi discovered her love for the arts during childhood, “it was the arts that chose me rather than a personal interest”. Tian Qi says of what brought her into the world of contemporary art, and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. As...


Artist Duo Blends Dreams and Fantasy

Bufan is the artistic duo of Pan Long and Tian Yiran, two graduate students of oil painting at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. Pan and Tian have been friends since high school, but their decision to form an art group is more recent....