Richard Chao

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Flourish, 2019
Watercolour on Paper, Gold Leaf 115 x 78 cm, 150 x 115 cm (Framed)
SOLD

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Richard Chao

晁铁军

Born in Shanxi, China, 1972

Lives and works in Sydney

Richard Tiejun Chao is a world-renowned watercolourist. 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 watercolour portrait. Taking a contemporary perspective, he depicts his interpretation of the human world in his realistic paintings.

An exploratory artist as he is, Richard tries out the possibilities of watercolour as a medium with huge size paintings. His models are people from every corner 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 worldwide and his artworks 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 worldwide.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

09/2004 – 07/2007 Xi’an Jiaotong University, Oil Painting, Master of Art
09/1991 – 07/1995 Xi’an Fine Arts Academy, Oil Painting, BA
09/1987 – 07/1991 Xi’an Fine Arts College, Certificate of Accomplishment

WORK EXPERIENCE

12/2013 –               Present Watercolorist
06/2004 – 12/2013 Chinese Business View, Head of Depart of Graphic Designing (Full-time)
03/2000 – 06/2004 Chinese Business View, Graphic Designer, Cartoonist (Part-time)
07/1995 – 06/2004 Shaanxi Xueqian Normal University, Teacher of Fine Arts (Full-time)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

08/2016   Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia,
05/2018 Richard Chao’s Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia,
03/2019   Identity— Richard Chao’s Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW,Australia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS and AWARDS

2019        “the Marry Lind Award President”, National Watercolor Society, USA
2019        Jury of GAWA (Global Association of Watercolor Artists) Annual International Watercolor Contest
2018        “Indian Old Man”(watercolor on paper), Finalist, 2018 NWS 98th International Open Exhibition, USA
2018        “Indian Old Man”(watercolor on paper), Finalist, 2018 NWS 98th International Open Exhibition, USA
11/2018   “Good Friends” Excellence Award, The first Universal Watercolor Exposition, Zhejiang, China
11/2018   “Record of Life” Finalist, SENSAZIONI International Watercolor Exhibition, Italy
2018        “The Thinker” Rosemary & Co Bruch Award, A Symphony International Watercolour Festival, Exhibition, Richmond, Canada
2018        “Bronze Age” Excellence Award, International Watercolour Festival、Exhibition,Czech Republic
2018        “Street Drummer 2” Finalist, IWS Mexico’s Premio Tláloc,Mexico City, Mexico
05/2018   “Richard TiejunChao and His Watercolor” Solo Exhibition, Live in Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia
05/2018    Invited Demonstration Master, “Spring International Watercolor Festival”, Tirana, Albania,
05/2018    Representative Artist from the Watercolor Community of Australia, “Fabriano in Acquarello 2018”, Fabriano, Italy
12/2017   “Street Drummer” (watercolor on paper), Second Place Winner, Harmony through Watercolor 2017, 2nd International Watercolor Society (IWS) India Biennale, New Delhi, India
12/2017   “Dancing with Me”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong
12/2017   “Hair in the Air”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong
09/2017   “Hair in the Air” (watercolor on paper), First Prize Winner, IWS Canada 2017, Canada
06/2017   “Hair in the Air” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, NWS (National Watercolor Society) 2017 Member’s Exhibition, California, USA
06/2017   “Mirror Lake” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, “The World of Watercolor–IWS Slovakia International Watercolor Exhibition 2017”, Bratislava, Slovakia,
06/2017   “Street Drummer” (watercolor on paper), Winner of “Reader’s Competition”, “The Art of Watercolor”,
issue 27, Paris, France
05/2017   “Lest We Forget” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Hunter’s Hill Art Exhibition, Hunter’s Hill, NSW, Australia
05/2017   “Tibetan Girl” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Light Watercolor-1st International Watercolor Festival IWS Portugal, Portugal
03/2017   “Understanding Our Uniqueness”, interview article, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France
03/2017   “Looking into the Sky”, Cover Painting, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France
03/2017   “Tibetan Sunshine” (watercolor on paper), Second Place Winner, IWS 2017 Ecuador Biennale, Quito
03/2017   “In the Burning Sun” (watercolor on paper), Juror’s Selection Award, 8th Continental Watercolor Art Hua-Yang, Taipei, Taiwan
2016        “A Mongolian Wrestler” (watercolor on paper), Top 30, “Blue Thumb Prize”, Australia,
11/2016   “A Wrestler King’s Roaring after His Victory” (Watercolor on Paper), Portraiture Top 10, IWS 2016        Albania Biennale, Tirana, Albania
2016        “The Beauty of Faith” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Kennedy Prize, Adelaide, SA, Australia
(Unfortunately he was not eligible in the exhibition because of non-citizenship of Australia)
2016        “A Weathered Face”, Finalist, IWS HK First International Watercolor Biennale, Hong Kong, China
2016        “The Parable of Seeds”, Finalist, Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression, Xi’an, China
2016        “A Little Girl from Rural Western China”, Finalist, Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression, Xi’an, China
03/2016   “An Aboriginal Man”, Finalist, IWS Canada Biennale, Vancouver, Canada
2013        Gold Medal, Illustration and Graphic Design section, China Newspaper Design Prize, Kunming, China
2013        “Mass-Media Innovation under the Influence of Integrated Graphic Design”, interview by News Front (the professional journal on journalism run by the People’s Daily), Beijing, China
2012        Bronze Medal, Illustration and Graphic Design section, China Newspaper Design Prize, Kunming, China
2006        Top 10 Chinese Design Directors, “Design Matters”, China

PUBLICATIONS

“Dancing with Me”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong, Dec. 2017
“Hair in the Air”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong, Dec. 2017
“Richard Chao Watercolor” (Book of Art) Sydney, Australia, May 2017
“Understanding Our Uniqueness”, interview article, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017
“Looking into the Sky”, Cover Painting, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017

MEMBERSHIP

Master Member of IWS (International Watercolor Society)
Member of NWS (National Watercolor Society of America)
Signature Member of GAWA (Global Association of Watercolor Artists)