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"The Thrill of Victory" 42" x 60" Oil
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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Born in China and educated at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing,
Xiang Zhang settled in Plano, Texas where he paints with bold
impressionism the life of the cowboy from frequent visits to a ranch in
the Panhandle. He also paints numerous pictures of female
figures, thinking it important to balance the two subjects.|
child, he and his family were forced to move to the country by the
Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao. He studied anatomy from an
exiled medical professor and then after the Cultural Revolution, was
able to get a formal education at the Academy of Drama in
Beijing. This training combined theater and fine art and gave him
a solid designer background and earned him a full scholarship to Tulane
University in New Orleans. There he designed for the Mardi Gras
and theaters and then moved to Dallas where his wife got a job in
He became a full-time artist, and in 1995, art
patron Dorothy Coleman hosted his first one-man show. He also
earned a spot in the Top 100 for the Art in the Parks competition.
|Biography from Trailside Galleries:|
|Xiang Zhang was born in the year of the horse and started to paint
horses with the Chinese brush when he was 8 years old. He is the
first and only Chinese artist who has created so many American cowboy
paintings. The bold colors and the masterful strong brush strokes
express his fascination with the cowboy way of life. Xiang’s art
collectors often say that “he is an artist who really knows how to draw
horses”. During his artistic development, Xiang was strongly
influenced by 19th-century Russian masters such as artist Ilya Ripen. |
Xiang received BFA and MFA degrees from Central Academy of Drama in
Beijing and Tulane University in New Orleans. After teaching
painting and art history in universities as well as designing opera and
theater sets, Xiang’s childhood passion for horses led him back to the
ranches. The cowboys, cattle, chuck wagons and ranch dust
blocking the sun all touch Xiang’s heart. He even learned to ride
horses without embarrassment in front of the 6-8 year old
cowboys! He also learned a lot from his cowboy friends and
scholars of Western History.
With a strong academic background and traditional painting techniques,
Xiang has been combining the realistic images with abstract patterns in
his paintings. He was featured in the Art Of The West in 1999, The Artist’s Magazine 1999, Taos Magazine in 1998, Arts For The Parks exhibition catalogue 1995, and a book titled 200 Great Paintings Ideas For Artists.
Although 30 years of painting is a long time, Xiang feels that he still
has endless challenges that lay ahead of him in his work. In
addition to his paintings, Xiang teaches oil portrait workshops nation
wide so he can share his knowledge with other artists.
|Biography from McLarry Fine Art:|
|Born in the year of the Horse, Xiang Zhang (pronounced Shong Zang) grew
up in China. After graduating from the Central Academy of Drama
in Beijing, where he was strongly influenced by the 19th century
Russian masters, he received his Masters Degree in Fine Art from Tulane
University in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he honed his skills
portraiture and began painting western themes.
Numerous awards in regional and national shows marked him as an artist to watch.
In 2002, he moved to a ranch in Sherman, Texas. Immersed in the
local ranching lifestyle, his work reflects the symbiotic relationship
between the cowboy and his horse.
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