Chinese, b. 1958
Zhang Li was born in 1958 in Beijing, People's Republic of China. He graduated from the Fine Art Department of the People's Liberation Army Institute in 1983, where he majored in oil painting. Mr. Zhang is currently a Professor at the Institute, as well as a member of the Chinese Association of Artists. Zhang Li has won many national awards in China, including the Artist's Excellence Award at several different national exhibitions. His talents are widely recognized in the US as well: Mr. Zhang was recently awarded the Grand Prize for Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artists' International Portrait. Li's concentration on portraiture allows him to focus on the emotional character of his subjects, and the broad emotional motifs are made starkly visible to the viewer because of Li's dedication to such exquisite detail.
Even though his subject matter- young women dressed in the traditional garb of various Chinese ethnic groups—may seem singular, the haunting beauty of his portraits possess a wonderfully universal appeal. Many of his works are collected by the Chinese National Gallery and the Center of Chinese Art Interchange in Beijing. His paintings have also been collected in the United States, England, France, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong—a fact that aptly illustrates the growing worldwide popularity that Zhang Li is enjoying.
1983, Fine Art Department of the People’s Liberation Army Institute, Oil Painting major
2003-2006 National Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
2002 The International Portrait Competition held by New York City Society of Portrait Artists, New York
2002 The International Portrait Competition held by American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2000 The International Portrait Competition held by American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1998 Solo Exhibition, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1994 American Master Miniature Show, Park City, Utah
1993 Asian Art Fair, Hong Kong
1992-1995 Participated in the International auctions held in Hong Kong by Christie's Co.
1992 China to Taos, Taos, New Mexico
1991 International Art Exhibition, France
1990 China to Taos, Taos, New Mexico
1990 Turkey European Artistic Show, Turkey
1990 Third Asian Art Show, Japan
1989 Seventh Chinese National Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
1988 First Chinese Oil Painting National Art Exhibition, China
1987 National Fine Art Exhibition, Beijing, China