b. 1969 -

Zhong Chen is internationally sought after for his portrait and landscape paintings, his work having been exhibited internationally in New York, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Being a multiple finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, his artworks are held in numerous collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, BHP and Macquarie University.

Born in Zhongshan, China, Zhong Chen arrived in Australia in 1989, aged 19. After completing his Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia, he was granted the prestigious Samstag International Scholarship to complete a Masters of Fine Arts at the Chelsea School of Art in London in 1998. Throughout his career Zhong Chen has pursued his fascination with cultural issues and has explored his transcultural identity through a melding of Eastern and Western influences.

Both change and continuity are evident in Zhong Chen’s work – yet have continued to evolve to bold, gestural canvases, beyond the pixel paintings that brought him his earliest recognition, Zhong Chen has continued to work in the portrait and landscape genres and to explore historical and contemporary aspects of Chinese culture.

Undeniably Zhong Chen’s two most identifiable bodies of work have been his ‘Girl’ series – which consider the depiction of the female image in both contemporary and historical Chinese culture –  and his large gestural and colourful Australian landscapes, many of which have been multiple Wynne Prize finalists. Zhong Chen is now incorporating both these with new lyrical figurative works that meld between ancient Chinese character calligraphy and mythology, often joyous splashed with the strokes of a modern and very western palate providing a enthusiast contemporary edge.


Through his illustrious and growing international career Zhong Chen has already been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2009 Salon des Refusés People’s Choice Award. He was a finalist in the Sulman Prize (2008 and 2013), the Archibald Prize (2007, 2008 and 2011), the Wynne Prize (2006, 2007 and 2008), as well as the Doug Moran Art Prize (2009). Zhong Chen has received two Australia Council grants (2001, 2006) and the SBS Federation Art Award.

Would you like to view more works by Zhong Chen? Feel free to contact us on (02) 9660 7799 or [email protected] 

Zhong Chen
Beijing Girl, Oil on Canvas 137x137cm
Zhong Chen
Beijing Girl, Oil on Canvas 150x150cm
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