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Z. S. Liang was born in China and raised in a family of artists. He studied at the Centra; Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and later furthered his art studies in the United States. He earned his BFA in painting at Massachusetts College of the Arts in 1986 and his MFA in painting at Boston University in 1989.
Liang received his first great inspiration in this country while studying and painting the Wampanoag Indian culture at the Outdoor Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This newfound interest fired his imagination and he began to focus his painting primarily on Native American Indian cultures and their traditional way of life. During the ensuing years of field research, ht has made many connections and friends among Native tribes from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains. Liang's obvious passion for the Indians as a people, coupled with his emphasis on historical accuracy, adds strength and truth to his portrayals.
Among the many rewards Liang has received are the 2009 David P. Usher Patron's Choice Award at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale: the 2005 President's Award for Excellence, Oil Painters of America: the 1998 Best of Show Award and the People's Choice Award: the American Society of Portrait Painters: 1992 Arthur Ross Award for Painting, Classical America New York, and the Lila Acheson Award for Painting, Society of American Illustrators. Liang's works are in the permanent collections of the Autry National Center, West Point Musuem of United States Military Academy, and the Harvard University. He set a new action record at the 2009 Coeur d'Alene Art Auction for The Painted Robe.
Z S Liang is represented by Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona. Giclee reproductions of his work are available through Greenwich Workshop deals