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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Winner of the Best of Show in 1995 at the Oil Painters of America, Mian
Situ made his art debut in the United States at that time. He is
Chinese born and, having traveled extensively in that country, he
creates impressionist paintings that focus on depicting the everyday
life of the people he knows. |
Situ studied at the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts where he had basic
academic training. However, during the Cultural Revolution in the
mid 1980s, he was ordered to work as a film projectionist for
propaganda films. Later he returned to the Institute to graduate.
wanted to study art in America and arrived in Los Angeles in 1987. He
worked in a commercial gallery where he copied European paintings for
75 dollars per painting.
American Artist, February 2002
|Biography from Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers VI:|
|Mian Situ was born in the South of China and grew up during the Mao Cultural Revolution. The turmoil of the Mao regime inadvertently fostered a career that Situ could not have anticipated. |
Unlike so many artists who know early on what they want to do, Situ showed no interest in art until he was 13, the year that ushered in the revolution. That interest was generated by a friend who was artistically talented. "I envied him and his ability to take a pen and draw whatever he wanted," Situ says. "The process amazed me and ultimately gave me a channel to release energy. I knew nothing about art, hadn't studied it or read any books but, when I watched my friend copy Mao's photograph, I was intrigued."
Although any references to Western ideas were forbidden by the Mao regime, Situ was able to get hold of an art book in an old library, and discovered the glories of the Italian Renaissance. Under the restrictions of the regime, Situ continued his art education, teaching himself and reading extensively.
After six years, he was able to begin formal studies at the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Art. Situ spent three years there, initially learning under the Russian approach to the study of art. Although many of the instructors had studied in Russia, "they couldn't teach Western ideas directly, so what they said wasn't necessarily what they meant."
After graduation, Situ was sent back to his home and assigned a job as an assistant projectionist at a cinema. He held that job for three years, painting murals on an outside wall. The revolution ended in 1976, and two years later, Situ returned to the institute for post-graduate work, completing his studies in 1981 and earning a Master's degree. Finally able to study Western ideas, Situ found himself longing to travel, although he taught at the institute for six years before he became too restless to continue.
In 1987, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he studied English. He supported himself by copying works of old masters. Situ then moved to Calgary, Canada, and then Vancouver. There, he painted in Stanley Park to support himself before moving on to Toronto. Three years later, Situ returned to the United States, and entered a painting into the Oil Painters of America show. It won first price of $10,000, but more importantly, affirmed his credibility as a painter.
Now a known and acclaimed painter, Situ moved to San Dimas, California, eventually venturing into Western art. This move resulted in an invitation to participate in the 2001 Masters of the American West Show held by the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California, a show at which he now exhibits regularly.
Reference: “Art of the West” July/August 2001
|Biography from Trailside Galleries - WY:|
|Mian Situ’s debut in the United States began with the 1995 Oil Painters
of America National Juried Exhibition, in which the judges recognized
his exceptional talent and awarded him the $10,000 Best of Show
award. He was also voted the People’s Choice Award recipient by
Known for his depictions of rural China, Situ strives to capture the dignity and beauty in the everyday lives of it's people.
feels a strong need, as a painter, to preserve their traditional ways
of life and dress before they are lost. “My paintings always tell
stories,” Mian says. “I have spent many years traveling throughout
China, taking photographs and studying the people . . . trying to
capture the rhythm of their lives.” Situ has further continued to
impress collectors with his amazing versatility, recently venturing out
into areas of portraiture and California landscape. Whatever the
subject, his fluency of brushwork, subtlety of palette (especially in
light reflected into shadow) and empathic portraiture are
unsurpassed. Mian continues to amaze his peers and exhibit jurors
as well, recently winning several prestigious awards, including Best of
Show at the Carmel Art Festival and the Artist’s Choice Award for
Painting at the California Art Club’s 90th Annual Gold Medal
In addition, Mian Situ recently had two paintings
accepted in the top 100 of the Arts for the Parks competition, one of
which was purchased for their permanent collection. Mian has also
participated in the Prix de West exhibitions beginning 2001 and in the
2002 Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage show in which he won the
Patron’s Choice Award.
Born in 1953, he trained in his native
homeland of Canton (now called Guangdong), China and appears to be part
of a remarkable cultural transference that began when 19th-century
European academic realism traveled to Russia under the reign of the
Czars. There it developed in the service of Communism as
Socialist Realism and was later imported to Mao's China. Western
oil painting techniques were fostered in the People's Republic during
the Cultural Revolution and were subsequently available to talented and
hardworking young Chinese. Situ was one of those influenced, and
when he emigrated to the West, he brought his skills with him.
|Biography from J Watson Fine Art:|
|Born in Southern China, Mian Situ received his formal art training in his native homeland of Guangdong, formerly Canton. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Guangzhou Institute of Fine Art. After instructing for six years, he earned a Masters in Fine Art. Immigrating to Canada, then later moving to the United States, Mian’s paintings clearly reflect his upbringing in the rural countryside of his native China. His artistic diversification of subject matter, from the people of the small villages and farming communities going about their daily lives to the exquisite portraitures as well as his most recent works inspired by western historical themes and American landscapes, all reflect the sensitive dedication of this Master Artist.|
Mian has been recognized with many national art awards. During the 2002 Masters of the American West exhibition and sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles California, Mian Situ received the Masters of the American West Museum Purchase Award, the Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Artistic Merit and the Patron’s Choice Award. In 2003, Mian was honored with the Thomas Moran Memorial Award, Artist’s Choice Award and Patron’s Choice Award. Most recently, in 2005, Mian was presented with the Artist’s Choice Award for his painting, The Word of God. He lives with his wife, Helen and daughter, Lisa in Southern California.
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