Xiang Zhang biography:
Xiang Zhang (pronounced Shong Zang) 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. He is a yearly participant in the “Night Of Artists” exhibition and sale at the Briscoe Museum.
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oil 16″ x 20″
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Biography courtesy AskArt.com
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