Chen Jiqun, renowned for his oil paintings of portraits and landscapes, has devoted himself to preserving Inner Mongolia's environment, local people's rights and nomadic cultural traditions through the sales of his paintings.
Chinese artist, Chen Jiqun was born in 1947 and attended the art department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1967. He moved to Inner Mongolia in 1967 as a young man in search of adventure.
The grasslands and landscapes imprinted during his youth, live on through his paintings even if in reality they continue to recede. Vast landscapes filled with horses galloping between herds of sheep, goats, and cows grazing on foot-high grass have been replaced with cornfields, fenced-in pastures, mines, and increasingly, deserts. Jiqun is a professional, full-time artist who is open to commission requests and teaches oil painting.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist