Famous Chinese Watercolor Artists

Watercolor by Chinese Artist: Xi De Jin
Watercolor, Street (1957), by Chinese Artist: Xi De Jin

>>> Xi De Jin (1923-1981)

Xi De Jin was born in Sichuan, China. He graduated from Hangzhou Art Academy in 1948, specialized in watercolor. He moved to Taiwan and later won the Chung Shan Prize in 1975. Xi De Jin taught at the Department of Architecture at Tsmchang University and the National Taiwan Normal University. He went to Paris briefly for 3 years.


Watercolor by Ding Shao Quang
Watercolor painting, Peaceful Garden (1997),  96x106 cm, by famous artist Ding Shao Quang


>>> Ding Shao Quang (1937-     )

Ding Shao Quang was born in Shanxi. He graduated from the Central Arts and Crafts Academy in 1962. From 1962-1980, he taught at the Yunnan Arts Academy.  His most famous painting was a large mural for the Great Hall of the People entitled “Xishuanbanna, a place of Beauty and Wonder”. He moved to the U.S. in 1980. His works have been exhibited extensively. One of his woodblock prints, “Light of the Human Rights”, issued worldwide by the UN in 1993, “Motherhood” in 1994 and “Religion and Peace in 1995. Six of his paintings were made stamps and collected in Geneva.


Watercolor by Wu Guan Zhong
Watercolor, Beijing Scene (1954), 46.5x36.5 cm, by artist Wu Guan Zhong

>>> Wu Guanzhong (1919 - 2010)

Wu Guanzhong was born in Jiangsu Province. He studied art at the National Arts Academy in Hangzhou, then attend classes in oil painting at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in a government scholarship. He was a lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Qinghua University, Beijing Fine Arts Normal College and the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts. Wu Guangzhou has become a leading master in the 20th-century Chinese painting and introducing Western art and abstract forms to his students. He used principles of Western paintings, but add in a spirit and tonal variations of ink that are typically Chinese style. In 1992, Exhibition “Wu Guanzhong: A Twentieh-Century Chinese Painter” at the British Museum in London.