Zifen Qian is a New Conceptual Romanticism artist who combines eastern and western cultures in his paintings. He established a concept of Global Culture with diversity of post modernism creations. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University and Portland State University with MFA a terminal degree of visual arts. He has been teaching at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and Art & Design College of Shanghai Institute of Technology as Adjunct Professor. He is an Art Research Specialist at Shanghai Culture & Artwork Research Institute and Vice President of America Arts Research Institute in the United States.
Zifen Qian's paintings have been selected into official Shanghai Fine Arts Exhibition and Across East China National Oil Painting Exhibition in his early ages. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Paris, London and other cities of the world since 1990s. He has created a great number of paintings being published through greeting card publishing company with over hundred million copies sold around the world in the past two decades. His book "The Art of Zifen Qian" is available online and in many book stores of the United States, Europe and Asia. Oregon Senate and House of Representatives, museums, universities, corporations and private collectors have acquired his paintings. Oil painting "Traveling Companion" has been selected for the cover of an American national history book. He was exclusively invited as an illustrator of a celebrity's book "Entertaining With Betsy Bloomingdale". His artistic life has been introduced by many US and Chinese medias such as "The Oregonian" "The Washington Post" and "People's Daily". His profile has been listed in "the Dictionary of Achievements of the World Chinese Artists", 8 times in American editions "Who's Who in America" and 12 times in American editions "Who's Who in the World".
Zifen Qian Statement
As a visual statement, my painting enhances western art traditions with modern spirit. One of main issues in my painting is about art standard. The painting techniques I grasp is the media of language to express my contemporary art philosophy no matter it has been done realistically or abstractly. I always believe that a professional artist must have something that those who are not art professionals do not have, that are the techniques of image making and the ability of using such techniques to present philosophical concept. It would be wrong to say that artist only needs philosophical thinking without technical training. My painting has shown a clear point that art is not only a philosophical symbol but also an unique statement of creativity and aesthetics though professional skills. It is based on a simple knowledge that philosopher and thinker are not artists. The other issue in my painting is about cultural diversity. As a Chinese American artist I am proud of having the privilege and the responsibility to create artworks with multi cultural concepts as I believed an important part of Contemporary Art. In this global cultural society it becomes more and more important issue not only in artistic expression but also in all free communications.
I have greatly admired both western and Chinese old and modern masters who have done remarkable works with exceptional techniques and profound philosophical concepts. Those who have influenced my creative work are not only the techniques of their depictions and presentations, but more importantly the passion of creativity and its originality. From Botticelli's graceful, rounded style and the projection of a sense of spirituality in his works of later 15th century, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael's depth and powerful depiction icons in the High Renaissance, to Kandinsky, Mondrian, De Kooning and Pollock's abstract expressions in the 20th century; From Wu Dao Zhi's paintings in Tang dynasty, Guo Xi's paintings in Song dynasty to Wen Zhen Ming, Shen Zho's paintings in Ming dynasty, Ba Da San Ren's paintings in Qing dynasty. I have been truly inspired. In retrospect, my art experiences have shown the convergence of multiple approaches with those masters' influences in conjunction to my independent vision of the modern world.