Prosperity of culture means prosperity of the country, and a strong culture means a strong nation. Without a high degree of cultural confidence and cultural prosperity, there would be no great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Culture is the backbone and soul of a nation. It creates the soul and character of a country and a nation. A nation can exist in the world only if it has cultural self-confidence. Only when the people have faith can the country have strength and the nation have hope. Cultural self-confidence is the most important factor contributing to these goals.
Chen Kezhi, who has been deeply influenced by the traditional culture of his family at an early age, is a member of Chinese Artists Association, dean of Oriental Oil Painting, president of Beijing Oriental Painting and Calligraphy Research Association, vice president of China International Painting and Calligraphy Research Association, vice president of Central Painting and Calligraphy Institute of Agricultural Workers’ Party, and winner of special allowance for experts of the State Council of China. He was awarded the “International Lifetime Art Achievement Award of Daya Culture” by Canadian Daya Culture International in 2011, the title of “Ambassador of Peace Culture” by the United Nations in 2018, and the “Sino-European Art Exchange” by French International Philatelic Center
Chen Kezhi is an oil painter, Chinese painter and calligrapher with academic influence. He has extensive thoughts and exquisite skills. His consistent style is the integration of Chinese and Western. His works are famous for historical figures and humanistic paintings, and his works have the oriental style of classicism and modern consciousness. He once said, “There is no art without imagination”, and he used his thoughts and works to expand the brand-new art space with historical, natural and philosophical significance, manifesting the new thinking, new vision and new atmosphere of art and life!
Travel thousands of miles of art, look at the essence of Eastern and Western museums, break the gap between Eastern and Western painting, skillfully use a variety of materials, cross ethnic boundaries in painting techniques, care for the universal values of common destiny and the future of mankind! His exploration is setting a new milestone style and brand-new cultural chapter for the new history of world painting.
He was born in 1961 and graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. At the age of 18, he painted an oil painting “History”, which was collected by the National Art Museum of China. His work “The Morning Song of the Three Gorges” was the first oil painting hanging in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. “The Soul of the Yangtze River-the Three Gorges Skitter” won the gold medal of the Stars Award of the Ministry of Culture (ranked first), “Winter Dawn” won the Chinese Oil Painting Award of the First China Oil Painting Exhibition of the Chinese Artists Association, and “Chongqing Big Bombing” “The Son of the Orient” was selected by President Samaranch into the collection of the International Olympic Committee Museum in Switzerland, and many works were collected by the National Art Museum of China, the Memorial Hall of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the Lincoln Art Center in the United States.
In addition, he also served as Chairman of Artists Association of Washington, USA, Co-Chairman of North American Pacific Literary Alliance, and Consultant of Artists Association of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is enthusiastic about public welfare undertakings, has no reward for various disaster relief activities, the Hope Project and the Red Cross cause, has been awarded the title of Outstanding Youth in Sichuan, has been re-elected as a member of the All-China Youth Federation for three times, and has been featured in the World Who’s Records in Cambridge, England, the World Who’s Records in the American Encyclopedia, and the People’s Column in the Oriental Son of China Central Television. As an artist, Chen Kezhi was a guest at the Tiananmen National Day military parade on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 2019.
Son of the East, 1990, by Chen Kezhi, collected by the International Olympic Committee Museum
The Soul of the Yangtze River – The Three Gorges Skitter, 1997, by Chen Kezhi, Gold Award of Chinese Ministry of Culture
Chongqing bombing 1938-1943, 2003-2015, by Chen Kezhi creative group
Where are we going? 2018, by Chen Kezhi
“Grateful Meet”, 2019, by Chen Kezhi
Starlight Eternity – World Anti-epidemic in 2020, 2020, by Chen Kezhi