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A teacher of Fine Art, a cartoonist, a designer, no matter what titles used to be, the best description of Richard Chao (known as Tiejun Chao by his Chinese name), however, is a born artist.
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 Art
09/1991-07/1995, Xi’an Fine Arts Academy, China,Oil Painting, BA
09/1987-07/1991, Xi’an Fine Arts College, China,Certificate of Accomplishment

Exhibitions

“A Wrestler King’s Roaring after His Victory”, Top 10 Portrait Artist, the 2nd Tirana International Watercolor Biennale, 2017, Albania
“Tibetan Sunshine”,The 2rd Place, 2017 International Watercolor Society Ecuador 2017 Biennale
“In the Burning Sun”, Merit Award, The 8th Continental Watercolor Art Hwa-yang Award, Taiwan, 2016
“An Aboriginal Man”, Finalist, IWS First Canada International Watercolor Biennale 2016, Canada
“A Weathered Face”, Finalist, IWS HK First International Watercolor Biennale 2016, Hong Kong, China
“A Mongolian Wrestler”, Top 30, Bluethumb Prize, 2016, Australia.
“2016 Featured Artist”, Bluethumb Prize, 2016, Australia
“The Parable of seeds”, Finalist, Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression, 2016, Xi’an, China
“A Little Girl from Rural Western China”, Finalist, Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression, 2016, Xi’an, China
Invited artist, “Cultural Trip around South Guangdong”, 2016, Guangdong, China
Watercolor Solo Exhibition, 2016, Sydney, Australia
Gold Medal, Illustration and Graphic Design section, China Newspaper Design Prize, 2013, Kunming, China
1st Design Director interviewed by News Front, the professional journal on journalism run by the People’s Daily, 2013, China
Bronze Medal, China Newspaper Design Prize, 2012, Kunming, China
Top 10 Chinese Design Directors, “Design Matters”, 2006, China

Press

26th The Art of Watercolor: "Richard Chao Understanding Our Uniqueness" (cover and 6 pages)

75cm (W) x 55cm (H)
Artist watercolor, 300g cotton paper
$2,600
75cm (W) x 55cm (H)
Artist watercolor, Arches 300g cotton paper
$3,950
75cm (W) x 55cm (H)
Artist watercolor, Arches 300g cotton paper
$3,950
75cm (W) x 55cm (H)
Artist watercolor, 300g cotton paper
$2,800
55cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Artist watercolor, Arches 300g cotton paper
$4,450
60cm (W) x 42cm (H)
professional print on cotton paper
$380
60cm (W) x 44cm (H)
professional print on cotton paper
$380
60cm (W) x 44cm (H)
professional print on cotton paper
$380
55cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Artist watercolor, 300g cotton paper
$6,650
75cm (W) x 55cm (H)
Artist watercolor, Arches 300g cotton paper
$2,900
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