Birth: 

1947 Nanjing, China


Education:

City College of New York, New York, NY – Graduate Program, 1985–1989
Central Art Academy, Beijing, China – Graduate Program, 1984
Central Art Academy’s Affiliate High School, Beijing, China – 1969–1973


Solo Exhibitions:

2008 San Marino Gallery, Pasadena, California, Song of Endless Sorrow: the Saga of Yang Gui Fei
2007 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York, Summer
2005 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York, New Works
2004 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York Woodstock Landscapes
2003 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York, From the Garden
2001 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York, Light and Life
2000 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York, Works on Paper
1999 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York, New Works
1998 Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, New York, New Chinese Paintings and Prints
1997 Loretta Goodwin Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama, New Views of Tibet 
1994 Imavision Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, The Visual Touch
1993 James Cox Gallery, Woodstock, New York, The Universal Pageant
1992 Accomack Museum of Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Portraits of a Colony
1991 China House of Art, New York, New York, The Year of Tibet
1988 Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, New York, A Universe of Humble Truth


Group Exhibitions:

2013 National Museum of China, Beijing, China, Zhonghua Wenming Lishi Ticai Meishu (Chinese Civilization Historical Subject Art)
2011-2012 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, American Chinese Oil Painting Artists League: Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism
2011-2012 Shanghai Museum of Art , Shanghai, China, Chinese Epic & Historical Painters
2011 National Arts Club, New York, New York, American Chinese Oil Painting Artists League: Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism
2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, International Masters of Fine Art
1998 Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, Masters from China
1997, 1996, 1995 Quast Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, China to Taos
1991 Oriental Gallery, New York, New York, Chinese Artists in New York
1990 China House of Art, New York, New York, Two Artists Show
1989 Bishop Gallery, Allenspark, Colorado Realism from China
1987 Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Contemporary Realistic Painting from China
1987 The Museum of Modern Art, Santa Ana, California, Contemporary Realistic Painting from China
1986 Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California, Chinese Realism
1986 Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, New York, Realism from Chine
1985 Office of Governor Mario M. Cuomo, World Trade Center, New York, New York, Chinese Art
1984 Sixth National Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
1980 All-China Young Artists Exhibition, Beijing, China
1979 China’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Art Exhibition


Honors/Awards:

Honor Award, 2011 International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America
Grand National Winner 1991/1992, Napa Valley Art National Competition
Commendation Award, “Outstanding Artist”, Beijing Municipal Government
Bronze Medal in the Sixth National Art Exhibition, Beijing, China, 1984. China’s National Art Museum acquired the painting, Preparing for Winter, for their permanent collection.

Second Place in the All–China Young Artists Exhibition, Beijing, China, 1980. China’s National Art Museum acquired the painting, We Were Young Then, for their permanent collection.

Third Prize in China’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Art Exhibition for Ah, Yellow River, 1979


Public Collections:

New Britain Museum of American Art

The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

The National Geographic Society, Washington, DC

The Citadelle, Canadian, Texas

 

Archived: Asia Art Archive, (Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990)


Select Publications:

Books:

  1. The Chinese Contemporary Distinguished Oil Painter: Zhang HongNian (Beijing: RenMin Meishu 2008).
  2. HongNian Zhang & Lois Woolley, The Yin Yang of Painting (New York: Watson–Guptill, 2000)
  3. Chen BoPing, Selected Works from the China Art Gallery Collection (Hangzhou: Zhejian Art Publishing House,1990) *
  4. Tao YongBai, 1700 – 1985 Oil Painting in China (Nanjing: Jiangsu Art Publishing House, 1988) *
  5. Joan Lebold Cohen, The New Chinese Painting, 1949–1976 (New York: Harry A. Abrams, 1987)

Articles: (click to download pdf)

  1. Tao YongBai, “The Return of a Native: The Life and Art of Hongnian Zhang,” Meishu (Chinese Art) May 2014 p. 62-67*
  2. Hongnian Zhang, “Painting the First Thanksgiving,” Fine Art Connoisseur May/June 2013 p. 75
  3. Ross Rice, “The Art of History: Epic Painter HongNian Zhang,” Roll October 2010 cover feature, p. 8–13
  4. Today’s Masters, “Three to Watch, Artists Making Their Mark” Fine Art Connoisseur November/December 2009 p. 45
  5. Tao YongBai & Wu Jing, “Dreaming to be a Director on Canvas – An Interview with Zhang HongNian,” Meishu (Chinese Art) February 2008 p. 75–92*
  6. G. Alexander Irving, “HongNian Zhang, An American Artist,” New Art International, Volume XI, Book Art Press 2006–2007 p. 102–114
  7. Zhang Hongnian, “My Passion for Historical Painting,” People’s Daily July 20, 2007 p.16*
  8. Salon d’Art Today’s Masters, “HongNian Zhang: A Cinematic Epic,” Fine Art Connoisseur January 2006 p. 55, 58–61
  9. Dan Goodard, “Artist Escapes Political Canvas,” San Antonio Express News, November 5, 2003 p. 1G, 10G
  10. Behind the Scenes, “Big is Beautiful: Paintings of China Fill a Broad Canvas,” National Geographic Magazine July 2003
  11. Maggie Price, “Applying The Yin/Yang of Painting to Working in Pastels,” The Pastel Journal (cover feature) May/June 2002, p. 48–53
  12. Rita V. Rogan, PhD, “Painting Through the Colors of Tragedy,” The Pastel Journal January/February 2002: p. 61–62
  13. Pauline Uchmanowicz, “HongNian Zhang, Contemporary Master,” Guide January 2002 p. 32, 34, 36
  14. Tresca Weinstein, “The World According to Zhang HongNian,” Northeast (cover feature) September 1998 p. 1, 32–33
  15. Raymond Steiner, “Zhang HongNian at the Fletcher Gallery,” Art Times September 1998 p.9
  16. Renee Samuels, “A Painter’s Long March,” Woodstock Times August 27, 1998 Cover feature p. 1, 10–11
  17. Elizabeth Exler, “Glazing the Mood,”Artists Magazine July 1996 Cover feature p. 1, 48–53
  18. RenYuan, “As Old as Mountains and Rivers, Painting is Life: Zhang HongNian’s Amorous Style of Figurative Painting” World Weekly September 17, 1995 p. S17*
  19. Chen RenShan, “The Missing Star: Chinese Painter Zhang HongNian,” Da Ming Daily December 6, 1994 p.12*
  20. Carol Zaloom, “Dances with Canvas,” Woodstock Times October 28, 1993, Cover feature, p. 1, 16
  21. Chen YianNi, “The Experience: The Character of Zhang Hongnian,” Reader September 1993 p. 4–6*
  22. Dakota Lane, “The Way of Zhang,” Woodstock Times April 1, 1993 p. 14–15
  23. Cindy Nickerson, “Portraits of Pilgrims,” Cape Cod Times November 14, 1992, p. C1, C3
  24. Zhu ChenGuang, “The Pastoral Spirit in Zhang Hongnian’s Painting”, MingBao June 1988 p.67–70*
  25. Review: “Oils by Zhang HongNian at Grand Central Art Galleries,” Antiques and Arts Weekly, February 5, 1988
  26. Pat Lambert, “Freedom Fuels a New Chinese Art,” The Wall Street Journal December 28, 1987
  27. Michael Brenson, “Art: Works by 12 Chinese–Americans in Show,” The New York Times August 28, 1987
  28. New York Reviews, “Realism From China, Grand Central,” Art News September 1986 p.130
  29. Preview, “Realism From China,” Antiques and Arts Weekly May 9, 1986
  30. Zhang Hongnian, “New Artist,” Liao Ning 1984 Inside Cover Feature *
  31. “Contemporary Paintings,” Jiangsu Meishu 1983*
  32. Zhang Hongnian, “My Heart Beats with the Pulse of My Homeland,” Beijing Art 1982*北京 艺术

 

Artwork Provided for Articles:

  1. Robert D. Hormats, "Shape, Steer, and Sustain: A US Strategy for the New Global Economic Order" Atlantic Council Strategy Papers June 2016
  2. "Halloween in Woodstock" Woodstock Times October 2014
  3. Paul Smart, "Woodstock's Thanksgiving Embrace" Woodstock Times November 2013
  4. Violet Snow, "Family's Free Thanksgiving Dinner" Woodstock Times November 2012
  5. Frank Viviano, “China’s Great Armada,” National Geographic Magazine July 2005
  6. Mike Edwards, “Han Dynasty: A Chinese Empire to Rival Rome,” National Geographic Magazine February 2004
  7. Peter Hessler, “The New Story of China’s Ancient Past,” National Geographic Magazine July 2003
  8. Peter Hessler, “Rising to Life: Treasures of Ancient China,” National Geographic Magazine October 2001
  9. Erling Hoh, “China’s Great Enigma.” Archaeology September/October 2001

 

Teaching:

Fudan University, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Shanghai, China; Professor, 2010 – present
Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, New York 1992 – present
Graduate Program for Figurative Art, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York, 1998 – 2001
Beijing Art Academy, Professional Artist, Beijing, China 1974–1985


Organizations:

Chinese National Artists Association, 1979 – present
Oil Painting Research Association 1978 – present
The Contemporaries, Founding Member, 1978
Epic and Historical Painting Association of China – Founding Member
American Chinese Oil Painting Artists League – Honorary Member

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                               * published in Chinese