Category Archives: Artists

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...


Beige Tones Hint at Du Shidong’s Nostalgia

Du Shidong said his creative motif is all about human warmth people. Born in 1980, the 36-year-old artist excels at creating timeless scenes in acrylic. In his paintings he focuses on familiar roles such as mothers, homeless men, children and office workers. His latest...


Zang Peng Reflects on Daily Scenes in his Art

The creative journey of artist Zang Peng began with a sketch of his uncle. When Zang found the sketch as a child, he marveled at the extreme similarity between the work and its subject. It was the moment he began to appreciate art. Zang...


Meng’s Art a Dark Parallel of the Real World

Artist Meng Chengxiao is a believer in the power of night. In his eyes, the moonlit hours possess a magical charm that transforms the mundane world into a land of fantasy. That explains why night has become his dominant artistic theme. Meng started his...


Millennial Artist Seeks Spirit of Heroism

Every artist eventually has to decide whether they want to make money or be themselves. But that question was never a struggle for 26-year-old Zhang Beibei. From a young age she was determined to create without bending to other’s desires. A glance through Zhang’s...


Animator Crosses Over to Traditional Arts

Kang Haoxian’s first art teacher was the religious paintings hanging in his family home. Those images of Chinese deities not only became his first models, but cultivated his lifelong interest in Chinese religion and mysticism. His first completed on-easel acrylic painting was “Lost in...


Fantasy from a Peaceful Mind

A constant theme in Xiu Yingtong’s works is her interpretation of “serenity.” Drawing on an affection for traditional culture, Xiu builds brilliant Chinese landscapes with her paintbrush. Xiu, a graduate of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, includes many boats in her creations....


Art from a World of Stories

“I never choose art. It has been with me since childhood,” says Xu Fan, a Beijing artist born in the 1980s. Xu first came to attention in 2015 with his painted sculpture Yangguifei, a Chinese adaption inspired by Shaun the Sheep that became the...