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Birthdate: October 20, 1949, Ning-Beo, Zhe-Jiang Province, China

Education & Professional Experience:
Art School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 1965-69
Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University Shanghai, China 1985-87
Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna, Vienna, Austria 1987
School of the Art Students League, New York, 1988-1990

Professional Associations: Art Editor of Drama Journal Beijing, China 1976-84

Selected Exhibitions & Collections:
1997 Commissioned by Blazer Communications and the Jewish News to create two large size paintings of modern Jewish history:  “Theodor Herzl addressing the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, August 29, 1897”; “David Ben-Gurion Announces the Independence of Israel, May 14, 1948” These two historical paintings will be collected by Judaic Museum in Basel, Switzerland or Herzl Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Commissioned by Blazer Communications and the Jewish News to create 75 portraits for the pictorial biographical book The Pioneers of Israel.
1993 Oriental Art Center, Los Angeles
1992 The Fine Art Expo of Asia, Hong Kong
8th Annual Art Expo, Los Angeles
“Arte” International Fine Art Show, New York
1990 Garett Stephens Gallery, New York
12th Annual Art Expo, New York
Museum of Realism and Aesthesism, Lvov, Ukraine, Soviet Union
Beijing Artists Association, Beijing, China
Bavak Bank, Raabs, Austria
1989 5th Annual Art Expo, Los Angeles
11th Annual Art Expo, New York
1988 Celedon Gallery, New York
Community Art Center, Elisabeth City, North Carolina
1987 Malzgass-Galeria, Vienna, Austria
1986 Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen Denmark
Museum for Volkerkunde, Vienna, Austria
1985 Chinese National Art Hall, Beijing, China
1984 Beijing Fine Arts Exhibition, Chinese National Art Hall, Beijing
Chinese National Exhibition of Book Design and Illustration, Chinese National Art Hall, Beijing

Serigraphs “Blue Wind”, published by Dianne Fine Art, Florida
“Fifteen Friends”, “The Lost Emperor” and “Lover’s Reflection”, published by C.G. Rein Galleries and Ernst Fine Art, New York
Lithographs “Door God”, published by Suddenth Fine Art International, Florida
“Herzl Addressing the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, August 29, 1897”, published by the Committee of the 100th Anniversary of the 1st Zionist Congress of the World.
Books The Pioneers of Israel (75 portraits created by the artist) published in 1998.
“The Holy Places of Christian In The Holy Land” (50 paintings created by the artist) published in 1999.

He Ning's artistic sensibility, formed from the strict classical discipline and extraordinary diverse cultural heritage of his native China, is reinvested with a universalism that is at once lyrical and primally dynamic.

He Ning's paintings and serigraphs share a distinct affinity with the renowned and popular Yunnan School that developed from the cinders of the Cultural Revolution.  This stylistic and theoretical renaissance was initiated by the master painters Jiang, He Neng, and Liu Shaohui. These artists formulated a "heavy color" manner of rendering the figure by synthesizing the impact of the recently uncovered Buddhist cave paintings of Dunhuang, and the verdant jungles of Yunnan province with the study of international artistic elements.  The subject matter is drawn from the rich mythical and allegorical tales of ancient China.  It is from this rich literature that the artists weave their complex tapestry of figures.

In the recently issued limited edition serigraphs by He Ning, titled "The Enigma Variations," mystical hidden images are gradually revealed through a complex overlaying and interlacing of curvilinear patterns.  Sudden insights are unveiled as the narrative content contained within the intricate labyrinth comes into focus.  The artist's imagery and imagination is paradoxical -- structurally controlled, yet expressively free.  It is like kung fu, says the artist, "soft on the outside, but strong on the inside."  He Ning's art is a journey into the diverse paths that he has taken, both in the orient and now in the western world he calls home.  The art of He Ning touches the viewers' emotions and quickens an immediate response making us aware that..."we are all one, and if we go to the deepest level, all cultures are one."

The most interesting thing for He Ning is that combining the Oriental art and the Western art together creates something new, so most inspirations are from history, religion, mythology and music.

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