Zhang Chun Hong
Zhang Chun Hong is a Chinese born and US based artist. She was born in 1971 ，Shenyang, Liaoning province. At the age of 15, She passed the national exam and was admitted to Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts affricated high school in 1986. From there, she began her professional art training till 1990. Then she spent another four years studying in Chinese Ink Painting (fine style figurative area) at CAFA and received a BFA degree in 1994. Although she learned fine craftsmanship at the Academy, the art content was restricted by the Chinese government. Therefore, in 1996, Chun Hong came to the United States to further her education in visual art and received an MFA degree in Studio Art at the University of California, Davis in 2004. Through her education in Chinese and Western aesthetic modes over the past 20 years, Chun Hong has developed a solid foundation and have been able to explore other possibilities to expend her art practice and perspective. She combines traditional skill with new concepts and draws from her own experiences and observations in China as well as the United States. The result is work produced on a massive scale with incredible fine details. Her signature works are black and white charcoal drawings that are based around the idea of hair and explore her identity as a minority Chinese American woman, a sister and a mother.
Chun Hong’s work has been collected and exhibited in North America, Asia and Europe at prestigious venues including The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, China National Art Museum in Beijing, The Contemporary Museum of Art Norway in Oslo and The Central Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her work is also in the public collections of the Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas and The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University as well as in the private collections on contemporary Chinese art such as DSL collection in Paris, France，White Rabbit gallery in Sydney, Australia, and The Ink Studio of Contemporary Chinese Ink Art Collection in Beijing. Moreover, Hong has received many awards including The Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship, The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Artist Residency Full Scholarship. She currently lives and works in Lawrence Kansas and is represented by Haw Contemporary Gallery in Kansas City and NanHai Art Gallery in San Francisco.