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 ShuQiao Zhou  (1938 - )

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Lived/Active: California / China      Known for: Oriental genre, landscape and portrait painting

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Painting everything from Chinese culture depictions to landscapes, all in a finely rendered realistic style, Shuqiao Zhou has exhibited world wide including Albania, Yugoslavia, Canada, the United States, and his native China where he is a member of the Chinese National Association of Artists.

In 1987, he emigrated to the United States to become an artist-in-residence at Occidental College and has been a resident of Los Angeles, California since that time.

He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and Artist Member of the California Art Club.  In June, 2001, he won the Club's Purchase Award for his portrait The Sisters.  In 1997, he entered the painting Going to Visit Grandparents in the Oil Painters of America's Sixth National Exhibition where it won the American National Award of Excellence for Best of Show.

Shuqiao Zhou was born in the Chinese countryside, outside Guangzhou, and grew up under poor circumstances economically.  He was admitted to the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Art, and received vigorous training in depicting the human form.  He was required to participate in the Cultural Revolution during which he painted super-size portraits of Chinese leaders for the walls of institutions.  He was also assigned a special studio and required to produce paintings of revolutionary themes.

Early in his career he worked at Guangzhou Art Studio as a Professor of Creative Arts.  He then became Director of the Oil Painting Department and also Vice President of Guangzhou Art Academy.

During those years he worked on large portraits of national leaders for many Chinese cities and provincial governments and communities.  Zhou was selected to join the Creative Painting Group of the National Revolution History Museum, the Guandong Provincial Museum and the Guanzhou City Museum.  Twice a year he created large posters for the Plaza in Guangzhou.  Zhou also created four large-sized murals for the great houses in the open cities of Southern China.

On ten different occasions Shuqiao Zhou's paintings were selected for National Art Exhibitions.  His work has appeared in shows throughout the world---China, Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania and Canada.  His American exhibitions include Occidental College and Pacific Asia Museum-Pasadena.

His work hangs in permanent collections in The Chinese National Museum, The Museum of Revolution and History in Beijing and at the Chinese National Museum of Fine Arts.  In the United States permanent collections include, Occidental College and the Pasadena Historical Museum in Los Angeles.

Zhou's many portrait commissions include Jackie Collins, Dr. Richard C. Gilman, Professor Robert Hansen and attorney Wellington Y. Kwan.  His oil portraits, Mr. Pennington" and Miao Girl were selected in The Best of Portrait Painting published by F&W Publications, Inc., March, 1998.

Weifang Zhou, daughter of the artist
Submitted August 2005 by Jacqueline Kamin, Fine Art Professional, August 2005

Biography from Artistic Gallery:
ShuQiao Zhou is known for his portraiture, his story-telling ability, and his technical skills.  His paintings of China village convey outdoor light mixed with expression of a love of people that are caught in the activities of everyday life.

He is a prolific painter and his subjects include still lifes, landscapes, nudes, genre and figures.  Since joining the California Art Club in 2000, Zhou has won many of top awards and has introduced many Western artists to the techniques he learned in the 1960s and 1970 as a student at the Guang Zhou Institute of Fine Art and later as lead artist and vice chairman at the Guang Zhou Art Academy.

Peter Adams, President of the California Art Club said of Zhou:  "It is because of his exceptional talent that he has achieved great success.  He never toyed with his paintings, each was derived from an original idea.  Throughout his career, Zhou was fortunate enough to secure posts that afforded him the opportunity to paint.  Zhou excelled in the City of Guang Zhou, a fertile colony nurturing many artists.  His achievement comes from a lifetime of hard work, built upon countless notes, drawings and sketches.  In epic works one human figure may be rendered with ten poses, each with revisions and refinement; the amount of work multiplied by thousands of portraits paves the path to ultimate achievement.

China Art Association
Chairman, China Art Association Guangdong Branch

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