I was born in Guangdong China. I started painting and participating
in art shows in China at an early age. I attended the Qingdao
Oceanographic University and earned a B.S. degree in Meteorology.
Later I became a vocalist accidentally. I never stopped painting
at any point in my life, even during the Cultural Revolution.
My Mentors and Inspirations
In 1971 I moved to Beijing and, later
met my wife. My father-in-law, General Li, befriended many
artists and collected a great deal of Chinese contemporary
art over the years. With my father-in-law's blessing, I was
able to study all of these great works and to become very
close to many well-known artists in China. These included:
Liu Hai Su, painter and professor, the founder of the first
art school in China- the Shanghai Fine Art School, and the
former President of the Nanjing Art School; Wu Zuo Ren, painter
and professor, former president of the Chinese Artists Association
and the China Central Academy of Fine Art; Lu Yan Shao, master
landscape painter and professor at Zhi Jian College of Fine
Art; Guan Shan Yue, Lin Nan style painter and professor at
the Guang Zhou College of Fine Art; Ya Ming, painter and former
president of the Nanjing Academy of Chinese Painting. These
masters had a profound affect on my artistic development,
especially my teacher Lu Yan Shao.
After many one-man shows in China, I traveled to US in 1988.
Upon my return to China, I exhibited for the first time my
signature style of blending the philosophy and technique of
Chinese painting with western art concepts. These paintings
were inspired by western landscapes I had admired during the
visit. This exhibition was held at the National Museum of
Fine Arts in Beijing, and was highly acclaimed by the art
critics in China.
I consider the brush-stroke the essence and the language of
Chinese Painting. And though ever mindful of the tradition
of my training, I have found my own expression with my brush.
In my landscapes, I use ink and gouache in many layers to
give the painting texture and depth, and sometimes paint on
both sides of the absorbent rice paper. I call this technique
“ Heavily-Colored Free-Hand Chinese Painting”.
Inspiration for my landscapes started in China with Huang
Shan (the Yellow Mountains), the Great Wall and the Yangtze
River and continue in America with the Grand Canyon, the Pacific
Coast and New England.
I love to travel, always observing the light and the intricate
structures and colors in nature. I gather these images and
my responses in my paintings.
I love music. I recorded two albums of songs. I often relate
music to painting, stating that they both have their origin
in the heart and spirit of the artist and that they are both
expressions of nature and life.
Migrating to America
I immigrated to Boston in 1991, and was later joined by my
family. Over the past years I had exhibited in the Boston
area, Los Angeles and New York City. I devote my love and
passion to teaching. I am fortunate to have many students
in Boston area, and they have organized as the Chinese Painting
Guild (CPG www.chinesepaintingguild.com). The CPG has coordinated many shows, workshops,
lectures and trips to China.