China Daily (Hong Kong) - - ART SPECIAL -

Zhao Yan­bin was born in Zhaoyuan city, Shan­dong prov­ince in 1956. He is a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Artists As­so­ci­a­tion and a re­searcher with the Chi­nese Tra­di­tional Cul­ture and Art Re­search In­sti­tute at Pek­ing Univer­sity. He is also the deputy di­rec­tor of the re­search center on ink paint­ing founded by Chi­nese art mas­ter Cui Zi­fan in Bei­jing. show­ing the spirit and essence of things. Var­i­ous styles and forms can be used to ex­press your true feel­ings for the world,” Zhao said, ex­plain­ing why he de­vel­oped his col­or­ful style.

“Life is the source of art,” he said, adding that com­pre­hen­sion comes from keen ob­ser­va­tion.

With that guid­ing prin­ci­ple, Zhao once trav­eled thou­sands of kilo­me­ters to the Yel­low River Stone For­est, a na­tional ge­o­log­i­cal park in Lanzhou, Gansu prov­ince, eight times in a sin­gle year.

“What I try to do in all my life is to look for the true beauty in na­ture that is of­ten so tran­sient. So I have to keep ex­plor­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing with forms of ex­pres­sion,” said Zhao. He noted some of his works took years to com­plete and were mod­i­fied time and time again.

The ef­forts paid off. His art­work, es­pe­cially the Yel­low River Stone For­est se­ries, is highly praised by crit­ics and fel­low artists.

“His works are eye-catch­ing. They com­bine re­al­ity and imag­i­na­tion, us­ing ink to vividly ex­press the spirit of the na­ture,” said Liu Dawei, chair­man of China Artists As­so­ci­a­tion.

Renowned Chi­nese art critic Shao Daqian once said “Zhao’s paint­ings are cre­ative and full of in­no­va­tion, show­ing a unique in­ter­pre­ta­tion of his at­ti­tude to­ward life”.

His por­trayal of mag­nif­i­cent views and his en­thu­si­as­tic brush­work have brought fa­vor from both do­mes­tic and over­seas col­lec­tors, in­clud­ing Kim Young-sam, for­mer pres­i­dent of South Korea.

His works have won awards in many global events in­clud­ing the 12th In­ter­na­tional Art Ex­hi­bi­tion held at the Tokyo Metropoli­tanMu­seum of Art in 1988. He has also been fea­tured in me­dia out­lets such as CCTV and South Korean broad­caster KBS. con­tact the writer through wangqian2@chi­

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