Zhang Chun Hong
Zhang Chun Hong was born in 1971 in Shenyang, Liaoning to parents who were both art professors. Her two sisters are also painters. When she was 15, Hong and her twin sister won a nation-wide competition to attend the high school affiliated with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Zhang studied ink painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1994, but moved to the United States in 1996. There she was awarded an M.A. from CSU Sacramento in 2002, and an MFA from UC (Davis) in 2004, before moving to live and work in Lawrence, Kansas where she also teaches at the University of Kansas.
Zhang believes that her combined Chinese and American art education has allowed her to find a balance between two identities: she combines the traditions of Chinese shui mo (ink and water) and gongbi painting with a strong conceptual foundation that makes her work unique. Her achievements were recognized with a Skowhegan Artist Residency Full Scholarship ( New York 2003 ) a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship ( New York 2004 ), a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant (New York 2006 ) and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica artist residency in Venice, Italy funded by APT ( Artist Pension Trust) in 2015. Zhang has exhibited her work internationally at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery ( Washington DC ); Asia Society Texas Center ( Houston, TX ); Japanese American National Museum ( Los Angeles, CA ); The Museum of Contemporary Art Norway ( Oslo, Norway ); Centraal Museum ( Utrecht, Holland ); The 3rd Chengdu Biennale and The 9th Shanghai Biennale ( China ) among many others.
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