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 Yiming Chen  (1951 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / China/France      Known for: female figure, city genre, floral and Chinese object painting

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Biography from Tobin Reese Fine Art:
Chen Yiming, younger brother of the famous oil painter Chen Yifei, was born in Shanghai in December of 1951. Yiming's works are characteristic of the Shanghai style of oil painting.  Most of his paintings are of women, however he has also painted figures and flowers, and incorporated traditional Chinese artifacts such as fans and musical instruments, especially the pipa (Chinese lute) into his works. Yiming's realistic paintings express powerful anecdotes of the old Shanghai. He has achieved recognition in China and at the international level for his craftsmanship in blending the culture of the Orient with western compositional techniques.

Yiming began studying art as a young boy. He attended the Shanghai Art Technology Academy and was a student in the oil painting department at the Shanghai Theatre Academy during the years of 1972 to 1979. In addition, he enrolled at the Harbin Academy of Fine Arts in 1976 and took more oil painting classes at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1984. He worked as an art instructor at the Shanghai Light Industry College for a brief period before moving to the United States in 1981 to study at the New York Art Student Union.

Hoping to gain exposure in another international city, Yiming traveled to Paris in 1991. Yiming's current titles include professor in oil painting at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, director of the China Oil Painting Society, and member of the China Arts Association (Zheijang branch).

Yiming has been featured in a number of exhibitions throughout the world, including museums in Illinois and Florida and at the Findlay Gallery in Paris, the Wally Findlay Gallery in New York (1987), and at the Shanghai Art Museum. The show at the Shanghai Art Museum separated his works into two series?"Vanity of the World" and "Dreamland". The first series included ten large oil paintings, the largest measuring three meters by two meters, which represented Shanghai city life and the sentimentality it evokes. "Dreamland" pieces were made with a variety of mediums and included southern Chinese seaside villages and urban scenery.

One of his largest one-man shows was held at the Hammer Galleries in New York in 1997 and included works depicting beautiful women wearing different traditional dress, from the costumes of the wealthy to the attire of the working boat girls on the seashores of southern China.

A partial list of his award winning exhibitions is as follows:

1979 5th Chinese National Art Exhibition; Gold Medal
1981 2nd National Youth Art Exhibition; Silver Medal
1984 6th Chinese National Art Exhibition; Bronze Medal
1989 1st National Oil Painting Competitive Works Exhibition; Silver Medal

Kristin Guess for Tobin Reese Fine Art

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