About

Master Member of IWS (International Watercolor Society)

Richard is a Chinese artist living in Sydney, Australia. Born in a family of artistic atmosphere in 1972, Richard initiated drawing when he was only a 5-year old boy. Inheriting his grandfather, who was an artist in 1930’s China, Richard’s talent turned up at very young age. After he consecutively finished his study in Xi’an Fine Arts College, Xi’an Fine Arts Academy, and finally obtained his Master of Art in Xi’an Jiaotong University, he was well-prepared to be a professional artist.
However, being an artist is not a paved way for Richard. He used to be a teacher of fine arts for 9 years in a Chinese university and had worked as a cartoonist and a designer in a Chinese newspaper for 13 years. During this period Richard had produced lots of oil painting works. It is after his settle down in Sydney in 2013, that Richard began to focus on watercolor.
Richard is an enthusiastic watercolorist with very keen sense at colors, which was initially fully reflected in his oil paintings. He also stands out for his high techniques applied in oil paintings and watercolor paintings, especially in portraits. He vividly captures the characteristics and nature of his subjects. His paintings not only witness his exquisite techniques and coloring skills, but also the deep influence of classical art upon him.
What drives him to paint with watercolor is an FAQ. Transparent watercolor is a material that is truly difficult to control. What is exciting for him is to apply quasi-super-realistic technique to experiment the possibility of watercolor in depicting the subject’s innermost being.

Education

09/2004-07/2007, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China,Oil Painting, Master of Art09/1991-07/1995, Xi’an Fine Arts Academy, China,Oil Painting, BA09/1987-07/1991, Xi’an Fine Arts College, China,Certificate of Accomplishment

Exhibitions

Prizes and Honors

“An Indian old Man” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, NWS (National Watercolor Society) 98th international open Exhibition, California, USA, 2018

“Bronze Age” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, 1st International Watercolour Festival, Czech Republic, 2018

“Feeling Good” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Bayside visual Art Award, Bayside, Australia, April 2018

Invited Demonstration Master, “Spring International Watercolor Festival”, Tirana, Albania, May 20-30, 20187

Representative Artist from the Watercolor Community of Australia, “Fabriano in Acquarello 2018”, Fabriano, Italy, May 3-7, 2018

“Street Drummer” (watercolor on paper), Second Place Winner, Harmony through Watercolor 2017, 2nd International Watercolor Society (IWS) India Biennale, New Delhi, India, Dec.8, 2017

“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

“Rodeo” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, “Waves of Colors--IWS Bangladeshi Biennale 2018”, Nov. 2017

“Hair in the Air” (watercolor on paper), First Prize Winner, IWS Canada 2017, Canada, Sept. 2017.

“Hair in the Air” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, NWS (National Watercolor Society) 2017 Member’s Exhibition, California, USA, June 2017

“Mirror Lake” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, “The World of Watercolor--IWS Slovakia International Watercolor Exhibition 2017”, Bratislava, Slovakia, June 2017

“Street Drummer” (watercolor on paper), Winner of “Reader’s Competition”, “The Art of Watercolor”, issue 27, Paris, France, Jun. 2017

“Lest We Forget” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Hunter’s Hill Art Exhibition, Hunter’s Hill, NSW, Australia, May, 2017

“Tibetan Girl” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Light Watercolor—1st International Watercolor Festival IWS Portugal, Portugal, 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

“Tibetan Sunshine” (watercolor on paper), Second Place Winner, IWS 2017 Ecuador Biennale, Quito, Ecuador, Mar. 2017

“Featured Artist”, Blue Thumb, Australia, 2017

“In the Burning Sun” (watercolor on paper), Juror’s Selection Award, 8th Continental Watercolor Art Hua-Yang, Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 2017

“A Mongolian Wrestler” (watercolor on paper), Top 30, “Blue Thumb Prize”, Australia, 2016

“A Wrestler King’s Roaring after His Victory” (Watercolor on Paper), Portraiture Top 10, IWS 2016 Albania Biennale, Tirana, Albania, Nov. 2016

“The Beauty of Faith” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Kennedy Prize, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 2016 (Unfortunately he was not eligible in the exhibition because of non-citizenship of Australia)

Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Aug. 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, 2016

“An Aboriginal Man”, Finalist, IWS Canada Biennale, Vancouver, Canada, March 2016

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, 2013

Bronze Medal, Illustration and Graphic Design section, China Newspaper Design Prize, Kunming, China, 2012

Top 10 Chinese Design Directors, “Design Matters”, 2006, China

Press

26th The Art of Watercolor: "Richard Chao Understanding Our Uniqueness" (cover and 6 pages)
27th The Art of Watercolor: Street Drummer,won the Reader‘s competition
3rd International Watercolor:Dancing with Me、 Hair in The Air
31th The Art of Watercolor: An Owner of A Small Store,won the Reader‘s competition
31th The Art of Watercolor: " ARTIST CHALLENGE Three artists, one subject: The subtle art of portrait painting" (p22-p23)

Influences

“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

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