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 Z. S. Liang  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Massachusetts / China      Known for: portrait and figure painting

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Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Z.S. Liang, b. 1953, China

Born in China and raised in a family of artists, Z.S. Liang began his training at an early age. Like many of his contemporaries, Liang studied realism where he had the opportunity to study the work of 19th and 20th century Russian masters. With the end of the Cultural Revolution, came the opportunity many promising Chinese artists yearned for; access to western books and magazines and the ability to travel abroad and experience western culture. It was on the east coast of the United States that Liang was first inspired to paint Native American cultures. His passion for the Native Americans as a people coupled with a keen sense of historical accuracy, storytelling abilities and exceptional drawing skills, add strength and truth to his dynamic portrayals. During the ensuing years of field research, he has made many connections and friends among native tribes from the east coast to the west coast.

Today, Liang’s penchant for detail combined with the historical and narrative elements of his paintings have firmly established him among the ranks of the finest western, representational painters in the country. In each painting, whether a complex subject matter or simple, his meticulous research and dedication is clearly evident, giving his work passion and authenticity.

Education
• Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
• Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
• Massachusetts College of Arts, Boston, MA, BFA Painting, 1986
• Boston University, Boston, MA, MFA Painting, 1989
Selected Group Exhibitions
• Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, 2006-2014
• Trailside Galleries, Artist Exhibition & Sale, Scottsdale, AZ, October, 2003-2014
Selected Publications
• Z.S. Liang, Artist’s Exhibition & Sale Catalog, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2011
• The paintings of Z.S. Liang, Tianjin People's Fine Art Publishing House, China, 2006
Selected Press
• Art of the West, “I’m Still Fighting the Battle”, Barbara Coyner, January/February, 2013
• Art of the West, Cover, (Flute Player), January/February, 2013
• Art of the West Guidebook, Cover, (The Lesson), 2012
• Southwest Art, Visual Literature, November, 2012
• Western Art Collector, Timeless Narratives, November, 2012
• Western Art Collector, December, 2011
• Art of the West, November, 2010
• Western Art Collector, 2010
• Art of the West, Cover (Buffalo Scouts), May/June, 2009
• Western Art Collector, May 2009
• Western Art Collector, Cover (Charging the Enemy), October, 2008
• Western Art Collector, February, 2008
• American Art collector, East Meets West, April, 2006
• Art of the West, A Passion for People, Barbara Coyner, July 2005
Affiliations
• American Society of Portrait Artists
• Society of Illustrators
Public Collections
• Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
• West Point Museum of The United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
• Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Awards
• Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Purchase Award, 2011
• Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award, 2009
• Oil Painters of America, President’s Award for Excellence, 2005
• Master of the American West, Purchase Award, 2001
• American Society of Portrait Artists, Best of Show and People’s Choice Award, 1998
• Arthur Ross Award for Painting, 1992
• Society of American Illustrators, Lila Acheson Award for Painting, 1986

Biography from Conservation Design Inc:
Z.S. Liang was born in China and raised in a family of artists. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou. Liang furthered his art study in the United States in 1982. He earned his BFA in painting at Massachusetts College of Arts in 1986 and his MFA in Painting at Boston University in 1989.

Liang received his great inspiration in this country while studying and painting the Wampanoag Indian culture at the outdoor Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This new found interest fired his imagination, and he began to focus his painting primarily on Native American Indian cultures and their traditional ways of life. During the ensuring years of field research, he has made many connections and friends among Native tribes from the East coast to the Rocky Mountains. Liang’s obvious passion for the Indians as a people, coupled with his emphasis on historical accuracy, adds strength and truth to his portrayals.

Among the many awards Liang has received are: the David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award, Master of the American West, 2009; the President’s Award for Excellence, Oil Painters of America, 2005; Best of Show Award and People’s Choice Award, the American Society of Portrait Artists, 1998; the Arthur Ross Award for Painting, Classical America, New York, 1992; and the Lila Acheson Award for Painting, the Society of American Illustrators, 1986.

Liang’s works are in the permanent collections of Autry National Center, West Point Museum of United States Military Academy and Harvard University.

Liang has been invited to participate the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale in Autry National Center every year since 2005. His works have been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collectors, Artists and International Artists Magazines. He is represented by Trailside Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Liang and his family reside in Southern California.

Biography from J Watson Fine Art:
Liang received his great inspiration in this country while studying and painting the Wampanoag Indian culture at the outdoor Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Among the many awards Liang has received are the David P. Usher Patrons' Choice Award and the President's Award for Excellence.

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