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Biography from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden:
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Master Artist of Snow and Ice School

Born: 1944, Feixian, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China

Biography:

1961 Graduated from Fine Art Department, Harbin Teacher's College and became a fine art educator thereafter.

1987 Transferred to Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, as professional artist

1989 Totally changed his style of Chinese painting from figurative to landscape, and became leader of "Four Fellows in Far Northeast", a group of artists who paint landscape with snow and ice, the foundation of Snow and Ice School

2002 Founded the Northern Art Academy of Paintings and Sculpture, Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China

Exhibitions:

1991 Group Show, Exhibition of  Four Fellows in Far Northeast, Heilongjiang Provincial Museum of Fine Art, Harbin, China, (first exhibition of Snow and Ice School)
1991 Group Show, Exhibition of Modern Chinese Landscape Paintings, D-Art, Dallas, Texas (first international exhibition of Snow and Ice School)
1992 One Man Show, Contemporary Chinese Landscape Paintings: Snow and Ice School, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
1992 Group Show, Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1993 Two Man Show, Yu Zhexue, Zhang Jingru: Mater Artists of Snow and Ice School from China, Trammell Crow Center, Dallas, Texas
1994 Group Show, Contemporary Chinese Landscape Paintings, Trammell Crow Center, Dallas, Texas
1995 One Man Show, Zhang Jingru: Master Artist of Snow and Ice School, Trammell Crow Center, Dallas, Texas
1997 Group Show, Invitational Exhibition  of Contemporary Master Artists of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Shenzhen, China
1997 One Man Show, Zhang Jingru, Master Artist of  Snow and Ice School from China, Gallery of World Journal, San Francisco, California
1998 One Man Show, Master of Snow and Ice School, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2000 Group Show, Art Exhibition for the 50th Anniversary of Heilongjiamg Province, Heilongjiang Museum of Art, Harbin, China
2001 One Man Show, Master of Snow and Ice School, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Group Show, Contemporary Artworks by Zhang Jingru, XIA Enzhi, Wu Xiquan, and Wang Bing, Heilongjiang Museum of Art, Harbin, Heilongjian Province, China
2003 Works on Paper, art fair, The Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Awards and Honors:

1991 Artist of 1991, American Foundation for Far Eastern Art
1993 Outstanding Achievement Award, American Foundation for Far Eastern Art
1995 Master Artist, American Foundation for Far Eastern Art
1996 Excellent Work Award, Chinese Artist Association, Heilongjiang Chapter
1997 Honorary Award, World Journal, San Francisco, California
2002 Excellent Work Award, China National Grand Exhibition of Artworks

Literature:

Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Liaoning Fine Arts Publishing House, 1990.

Collection of Zhang Jingru's Paintings, Heilongjiang Fine Art Publishing House, 1992.

Yan Shaoxiang, "Precious New Style", Collection of  Zhang Jingru's Paintings, July 1992.

Yu Zhexue, "Feeling About Snow and Ice", Collection of  Zhang Jingru's Paintings", July 1992.

Gary Chang, "Zhang Jingru and the Development of Contemporary Chinese Landscape Painting", Dallas Chinese News, November 6, 1992.

Feng Jianfu, "The Formation of  Snow and Ice School", Dallas Chinese Times, November 12, 1993.

Gary Chang, "Appreciation of Zhang Jingru's Masterpiece of  Mai Flower",Dallas Chinese News, October 1994.

Gary Chang, Snow and Ice School: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Chinese Landscape Painting, American Foundation for Far Eastern Art, February 1995.

Zhao Qingsuang, " Another Master of Snow and Ice School", New Guide, China, May 1995.

Celebrities Who's Who in Today's China, China Personnel Publishing House, 1996.

Zhang Jingru's World of Snow and Ice, Liaoning Fine Art Publishing House, as part of Painting Collections of Contemporary Chinese Artists, 1997.

Masterpieces of  Artwork by Chinese Artists All Over the World in the 20th Century, Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China, 1997

Wang Hongyi, "Preface", Zhang Jingru's World of Snow and Ice, March 1997.

Wang Jiaqi, " Sentimental Snow and Ice", Heilongjiang Pictorial, China, August 1997.

Mike Daniel, "Breaking the ice," The Dallas Morning News Guide, June 26, 1998, p. 56.

Gary Chang, "Tremendous reception for Zhang Jingru opening," Dallas Chinese News, July 10, 1998, p. B-7.

Christina Rees, "Ice breaker," Dallas Observer, July 16 - 22, 1998, p. 44.

Blood-Like Setting Sun reproduced on the cover of Translation Review, Number 59, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2000.

Zhang Jingru:  Master of Snow and Ice School, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Essay by Gary Chang, PhD, 2001.

50th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, March 5 - 27, 2004, color illustration.

Television Programs:

1997 "Zhang Jingru's Snow and Ice World", Heilongjiang TV.
1991 "Fellows in Far Northeast: Zhang Jingru's and His Fellow Artists", Harbin TV, Heilongjiang, China.

Teaching:

Professor Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of  Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, People's Republic of China
Executive Director China Research Association of Snow and Ice Landscape Paintings
Member China Artist Association, Heilongjiang Chapter
Life-Time Member China Art Institute, San Francisco, California

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