Fang Xiang (b. 1967) recently won the Silver Award in the most prestigious 9th National Fine Arts Competition sponsored by the China Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Artists Association.
Mr. Lin Yun, Director of the Guangdong Fine Arts Academy described Mr. Fang Xiang's art work that will give you a feeling of warmth and tranquility.Mr. Fang's unique technique uses ink water splashes on handmade rice paper.The wetting and drying process is repeated, layer upon layer, to achieve a casual, yet softly washed background.
His works are colorful, vibrant, exquisitely detailed, and unobtrusively populated by cats, birds, and chickens, this painted world inexorably attracts observers with its palpable serenity, stated in an editorial in Chicago Magazine, April 1998.
Born in Shantou city, Guangdong Province of the People's Republic of China
Graduated from the Department of Traditional Chinese Painting of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Numerous works were recognized at National Exhibitions of Traditional Chinese Paintings as well as collected by the Guangdong Art Gallery Selection of Paintings exhibited in Singapore and Canada
Held a one-man exhibition in Guangzhou and participated in the Korean exhibit titled "Sine-Korea Art Exchange Exhibition"; Appointed to Guangdong Fine Arts Academy as one of thirty permanent artists-in-residence
"Fang Xiang's Album of Paintings"was published by Guangdong Tourism Publishing House; Created traditional Chinese paintings for the Thai Imperial Art Academy; Elected member of the Council of Guangdong Artists Association, member of the China Artists Association; A dozen works including "January in Chaozhou and Shantou" were selected as part of the collection featured in the "Treasure of Modern Landscape Paintings" published by Henan Art Publishing House; "A Rural New Year Celebration" won the Bronze Medal for Guangdong Province at the 8th Annual National Art Exhibition. This work was collected by the Guangdong Art Gallery; Selected works exhibited in Japan.
Held "Fang Xiang Collection of Paintings"; Exhibition at City Gallery in Hong Kong; Published "Mood of Southern China" Collection; "Banana Grove" won the "China Tourism Arts Exhibition" Award of Excellence
"Returning Home" was collected by Shenzhen Art Gallery; "Back Home Lane" was collected by the China Foreign Ministry"; Sunset Glow "was collected by the China Military Museum Second exhibition held at City Gallery in Hong Kong; "Flower Hot House" won the Gold Medal at the China Painting Exhibition in Guangdong Province; "The Home Town of the Dragon" won the Award of Excellence at the 4th Annual Physical Educalion Art Exhibition; "Spring Warmth" won the Award of Excellence at the Guangdong Provincial Youth Art Exhibition; Published "A Residence of Solitaire" and "Fang Xiang's Latest Works"
Held "The Tranquil Impressions of Southern China" Exhibition at The Eastern Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Participated in "Star of the Century"Biennale Chinese Art Exhibition held in Toronto, Canada and Shanghai; Participated in the French Culture Association's three-man Exhibition held in Singapore; Participated in an Art Exhibition of Guangzhou Artists as part of the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Sister City Between Guangzhou and Frankfurt/Main
The Eastern Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 Ming Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 Linden's Gallery, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA - 2003, 2004 Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - 2001, 2003
Solo exhibit at Guangzhou Museum of Art & Shenzhen Museum of Art,2002 Solo exhibits in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Singapore, 1998,1999, 2001, 2002
2004 Bronze Award recipient at the 10th National Chinese Fine Arts Competition; Participated in the First Zhi Baoshi Ink Paintings Exhibition in Nanjing
1999 "The Harvest Year" received The Silver Award at the 9th National Chinese Fine Arts Competition and the Gold Medal for the Guangdong 9th National Chinese Fine Arts Competition
1997 "Flower Hot House" won the Gold Medal at the China Painting Exhibition in Guangdong Province
1995 "A Rural New Year Celebration" won the Bronze Medal for Guangdong Province at the 8th National Chinese Fine Arts Competition
1992 " Rich Fruit" won the Bronze Medal of Guangdong Fine Arts Competition
"Fang Xiang's Album of Paintings " published by Guangdong Tourism Publishing House, A dozen works including "January in Chaozhou and Shantou" were selected as part of the collection featured in the "Treasure of Modern Landscape Paintings" published by Henan Art Publishing House, "Mood of Southern China" Collection, "A Residence of Solitaire" and "Fang Xiang's Latest Works", "Fang Xiang's Paintings - The Selection of Contemporary Chinese Paintings" published by Shangdong Art Publishing House, "About Fang Xiang - A Series of Contemporary Chinese Landscape Paintings" published by Hebei Educational Publishing House, "Spring Wind, Summer Rain - Fang Xiang Chinese Exhibition: A Chinese Fine Art Series of the New Ningnan Style" published by Guangzhou Fine Arts Museum, "Fang Xiang - Contemporary Chinese Artists Series" published by Hebei Educational Publishing House. "Getting Close to the Artist - Fang Xiang" published by Tianjin People's Art Publishing House, "Fang Xiang - China Ceramics Series", published by Hebei Educational Publishing House.
Works in Public Collections
"The Harvest Year", China Art Museum; "On The Way Home", Beijing University, China; " Flower Hot House", Guangdong Art Museum , China; "Southern Country", Shanghai Art Museum, China; "Returning Home", Shenzhen Art Museum, China; "A Rural New Year Celebration", Guangdong Art Museum, China; "Sunset Glow", China Military Museum; "Back Home Lane", China Foreign Ministry; "River Village", Thai Imperial Art Academy; "Rich Fruit", China Culture Association.