(Chinese, b. 1952)
Chengxiang Qi’s painting reveals the influence of the Dutch School of Art and the virtuosity of the Italian Renaissance. Every innovative original reflects a sensitivity to light combined with saturated color, within a poetically excellent composition. His refined and elegant style characterizes compelling portraits of modest young omen in traditional Chinese attire, their youth and quiet innocence captured on the canvas for eternity.
Mr Qi’s devotion to his work has been untiring. After graduating from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1977, he completed his master’s degree at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing in 1987. While attending the Central Academy’s research department, Qi mastered many different styles and techniques, exploring a wide range of venues, from impressionism to realism. He is an exciting and classical contributor to the world of art.
In 2001, Qi immigrated to the US and started the “Candlelight Sequence” series. He has been featured in a number of gallery exhibitions. The Chinese government has presented him with numerous awards, including the Gold award in the prestigious 8th National Exhibition. He has been received in Germany, France, Holland and Spain for solo exhibitions.
Exhibitions and Awards
1980 “Breaking Promise” 3rd Prize, 2nd National Youth Art Exhibition, Beijing
1984 “Hot Wind” Outstanding work, 6th National Art Exhibition, Beijing
1987 Solo art show “Lonely Place”, “Black Bird”, “1100th Kilometer” National Museum in Beijing
1987 Solo art show “nude”, “still life” Museum of Central Academy of fine art, Beijing
1989 “00:15” 7th National Art Exhibition, Beijing
1990 “Steel Workers” 1st prize, National Exhibition of Excellent Oil Painting, Beijing
1993 “One man art show” Essen, Germany
1995 “One man art show” Aachen, Germany
1995 “One man art show” Seoul, Korea
1996 “Smiling Sun” Silver prize, “Ding,Shaoguang Prize” National Art Exhibition
1997 “Steel Worker” 100th Anniversary of Oil Painting Art, Beijing
1999 “Good Morning! City” Gold prize, 8th “Stars” National Exhibition, Beijing
2000 “Urban Scenery Search” Bronze prize, 9th National Exhibition, Shanghai
2000 “Good Morning! City” Contemporary Chinese Painting Exhibition, Japan
2001 “Miao Girl” “Candle Light” Painting series
2008 “Candle Light” 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils in America