b. 1953, China

Chen Danqing Biography

Chen Danqing is an American-Chinese painter known for his realist depictions of nudes and rugged landscapes. Influenced by the paintings of Jean-François Millet, Chen empathetically portrayed Tibetan farmers and herdsman, drawing criticism from the Communist regime during the 1980s.

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Born on August 11, 1953 in Shanghai, China, he created propaganda art as teenager depicting the feats of Mao Zedong. Chen went on to enroll at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 1982, the artist immigrated to the United States, where he spent the next 18 years writing and painting in New York. During his time in New York, Chen befriended fellow artist and activist Ai Weiwei. In 2000, he returned to China, and became an outspoken critic against the state. Ai and Chen published the book Interviews Not About Art in 2007.

With the long lost humanity and strong personality, Chen Danqing, unlike many contemporary Chinese intellects, dares to question the social reality, and reflects and criticises many social events with a senesce of detachment that should have been possessed by an intellect. He is awarded the prizes for 'The Fifty Public Intellectuals Who Have Influenced China', '2005 Top Ten Male Elites in China', 'Elites of the Era", etc..

Chen Danqing Featured Artworks

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Mi Fu and Others No.2 by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing Mi Fu and Others No.2, 2019 Oil on canvas
120 x 241 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Princess and The Maid by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing Princess and The Maid, 2008 Oil on canvas
137 x 188 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Old Man Plays The Role of Henry VIII by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing Old Man Plays The Role of Henry VIII, 2018 Oil on canvas
152.5 x 122 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
After Diego Velazquez by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing After Diego Velazquez, 2014 Oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
After Diego Velazquez by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing After Diego Velazquez, 2014 Oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Chunhua Pavilion and van Gough No.2 by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing Chunhua Pavilion and van Gough No.2, 2015 Oil on canvas
101 x 228 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Veil by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing Veil, 2017 Oil on canvas
180 x 160 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Just Over 60 Years Old by Chen Danqing contemporary artwork painting
Chen Danqing Just Over 60 Years Old, 2014 Oil on canvas
138 x 92.5 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Chen Danqing Recent Exhibitions

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Chen Danqing Represented By

Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong

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