Category Archives: Artists

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....


Ye’s Work Records Life of City Dwellers

Ye Guozhi dedicates his work to the story of the city, “an enormous space” that offers him a chance to express his inner world. As Vincent van Gogh found his spiritual dwelling in the starry skies, so Ye finds his in the urban jungle....


Shi Dongxu Paints the Extraordinary in Daily Scenes

“I think Dongxu belongs with the sea, flowers, and watermelons because he paints them so realistic. It’s like the way these objects wish they could appear,” said Zhuang Qianliang, the friend artist Shi Dongxu. Shi’s is reminiscent of the creations of Vincent Van Gogh....


Vague Echoes from the Past

Deng Xiangwei decided to commit to a career in art from an early age. His path to the profession began in high school after years of self-study. He came to Beijing to study classical oil painting during his sophomore year, and since then has...