Shawn Zheng (Shu-Cheng) began his training as an artist at an early age and pursued formal studies in traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, seal inscription, poetry, art history and Western idioms. His painting features the use of black ink applied with free-spirited brushstrokes to compositions that are distinguished by simplicity, elegance and dynamic force (Qi / Ch’i). Zheng draws his inspiration from poetry, philosophy and life. Shawn Zheng was born in Fuzhou, Fujian province, a coastal metropolis about 800 km south of Shanghai. After completing his Master's Degree in Chinese Painting in 1986, he was appointed Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Fujian Teacher’s University before immigrating to Canada in 1989. For 12 years he served as Media Developer at the University of Saskatchewan. He enrolled in the Masters of Education program in 2002, studied photography and now teaches Fine Art in the University of Saskatchewan Community Arts program. Mr. Zheng continues to explore new ways of sharing his culture through art and photography.
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