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Zhi Lin


"Just a short note to let you know how much I enjoyed being able to participate in Zhi Lin's Portrait Workshop! He is an outstanding teacher and unselfish in his sharing of knowledge and technical ability. I made some real strides in both understanding and execution ó I'm looking ahead for more opportunities to apply these new skills."
— John Unbehend, Gage student

Zhi Lin (born in Nanjing, China) received a BFA from the China National Academy of Fine Arts and MFA degrees from both the Slade School of Fine Art at the University of London and the University of Delaware.

Linís work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States, China and the UK including exhibitions at the China National Fine Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, Frye Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, Cambridge University and the Contemporary Arts Institute in London. Linís work is included in the collections of the China National Fine Art Museum in Beijing, the Slade School of Fine Art, the Rothermere Foundation, the Michael Marks Foundation in London, the Frye Art Museum and the Princeton University Art Museum.

Lin has been the recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Visual Artist Grant, a Lila Wallace-Readerís Digest Artist Grant, an NEA Fellowship, a Midwest Regional NEA Fellowship, a Washington Art Commission Visual Artist Fellowship, a Missouri Arts Council Visual Artistsí Biennial Grant and a Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship among many others.

His works have been reviewed and published by many national and international print media, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Artnews, Art in America, American Arts Quarterly, Artweek and Art Review in London in addition to many others in Chinese-language media. His work also has also been the subject for two monographs and three special television programs. Linís work is represented by the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles.

Currently, Zhi Lin holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington School of Art and as an Affiliated Associate Professor at the China Studies Program of the University of Washingtonís Jackson School of International Studies. He has lived and worked in Seattle since 2001. Previously, he taught at Missouri State University, China National Academy of Fine Arts and Huazhong Normal University in China.

To view additional work by this artist, please visit Koplin Del Rio Gallery.

Artist's Statement
In my work with students, I attempt to build the studentsí understanding and confidence through exercises that isolate and clarify particular aspects of visual art. These exercises develop basic skills and give a wide variety of experiences, but most importantly they investigate the underlying thought process of vision and problem solving. I believe it is here, in the formation of the studentsí critical thinking and attitude, that I am most effective.

Emphasis is placed upon questions raised by the process rather than upon the idea of correct answers or products and students are encouraged to discover an active and meaningful way to process their seeing and thinking. Since one of the optimal goals of an artwork is to establish a meaningful communication to recipients, I help them realize that an artwork must possess conceptual and formal integrity; content and form are two aspects of a single reality being inseparable and interdependent. The most important objective is for them to develop and form their own critical judgments to guide their own destinies.

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