Richard Tiejun Chao is a Sydney based watercolorist, M.A. in Oil Painting. Master member of IWS.

What is exciting for him is to apply realistic technique to experiment the possibility of watercolor in depicting the subject’s innermost being. His subjects are mainly the common people in life.

However, every one of them is a manifestation of their own cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and life experiences. They are from all walks of life, living at different corners of the world. In this sense, each of them is unique. What Richard is looking for is the core of their uniqueness. That is, their hope, purity, devotion, happiness or hardship.

Achievements in last 3 years:
Winner, 1st Universal Watercolor Exposition Online Contest, IWS Global, 2018
“Top3 Awards” by Daniel Smith, IWS Bangladeshi Biennale 2018
1st Prize Winner, ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’, IWS Canada Watercolor Competition, 2017
2nd Place Winner, Harmony through Watercolor, 2nd IWS India Biennale, 2017
2nd Place Winner, IWS Ecuador Biennale, Quito, Mar. 2017
Juror’s Selection Award, 8th Continental Watercolor Art Hua-Yang, Taiwan, 2017
Portraiture Top 10, IWS 2016 Albania Biennale
Finalist, “Fabriano in Acquarello 2018”, Fabriano, Italy, 2018
Finalist in “Heritage @rt International Watercolor Exhibition”, Indonesia, 2017
Finalist, NWS 2017 Member’s Exhibition, California, USA, June 2017
Finalist, “The World of Watercolor–IWS Slovakia International Watercolor Exhibition 2017”,
Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017
Finalist, Hunter’s Hill Art Exhibition, Hunter’s Hill, NSW, Australia, May, 2017
Finalist, Light Watercolor—1st International Watercolor Festival IWS Portugal, 2017
Finalist, IWS HK First International Watercolor Biennale, Hong Kong, China, 2016
Finalist, IWS Canada Biennale, Vancouver, Canada, March 2016
Invited Demonstration & Guest Exhibiting Master, “Spring International Watercolor Festival”,
Tirana, Albania, May, 2018
Representative Artist of Australia, “Fabriano in Acquarello 2018”, Fabriano, Italy, “Looking into the Sky”, Cover Painting, “Understanding Our Uniqueness”, interview article, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017
Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Aug. 2016