Z.S. Liang, b. 1953, China
Born in China and raised in a family of artists, Z.S. Liang began his training at an early age. Like many of his contemporaries, Liang studied realism where he had the opportunity to study the work of 19th and 20th century Russian masters. With the end of the Cultural Revolution, came the opportunity many promising Chinese artists yearned for; access to western books and magazines and the ability to travel abroad and experience western culture. It was on the east coast of the United States that Liang was first inspired to paint Native American cultures. His passion for the Native Americans as a people coupled with a keen sense of historical accuracy, storytelling abilities and exceptional drawing skills, add strength and truth to his dynamic portrayals. During the ensuing years of field research, he has made many connections and friends among native tribes from the east coast to the west coast.
Today, Liang’s penchant for detail combined with the historical and narrative elements of his paintings have firmly established him among the ranks of the finest western, representational painters in the country. In each painting, whether a complex subject matter or simple, his meticulous research and dedication is clearly evident, giving his work passion and authenticity.