Richard (Tiejun) Chao

Born in Shanxi, China, 1972
Lives and works in Sydney

Richard Tiejun Chao is a world renowned watercolorist. Born in a family of artistic atmosphere, he has accomplished 11-year systematic professional study on oil painting and obtained Master’s Degree of Art.

Basing on his profound background and rich experience on oil-painting, Richard has focused on watercolor portrait. Taking a contemporary perspective, he depicts his interpretation on the human world in his realistic paintings.

An exploratory artist as he is, Richard tries out the possibilities of watercolor as a medium with huge size paintings. His models are people from every corners of the world with diverse and unique customs and cultures, as well as religions on the one hand, which amaze him; while the common feature among these people from all walks of life impresses him—their sufferings and happiness. His expertise and endeavour on painting have won him awards and reputation worldwide.

In last years, he’s been winners or finalists in 37 prizes world-wide and his art works have been exhibited and solo exhibitions have been held in 5 continents. Meanwhile, his artworks are featured in the international leading journals. His paintings are collected by museums, galleries and private collectors. Richard travels around the world to international art exhibitions and art festivals. He is also invited to give demonstrations, workshops and lectures world wide.