Zhong Chen

Zhong Chen is an internationally exhibited artist who explores issues of cultural identity, trans-cultural identity, belonging and place within his work. Having arrived in Australia from his native China at the age of 19, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia before being awarded the prestigious International Samstag Scholarship to complete a Master of Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Arts in London in 1998.


Drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese art, Zhong effectively conveys his own cultural identity within his work. With over 55 group and solo exhibitions to his name, Zhong is undoubtedly a fixture on the Australian art scene. He was awarded two Australian Council grants to participate in residencies in New York in 2001 and 2006, and is represented in numerous local and international collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank, Bendigo Art Gallery and BHP.

Zhong has gained acclaim as a three-time Finalist in not only the Archibald Prize, Australia’s most prestigious portraiture art prize, but the Wynne Prize for landscape as well and The Doug Moran Portrait Prize. He has also been a Finalist in the Sulman Prize. In 2009 Zhong was awarded the People’s Choice Award for the Portrait Salon Des Refuses Prize.


He retains artistic integrity even during the process of diversification, with his portraits, pixellated images, landscapes and most recently his brush stroke series, heavily praised by both art critics and collectors alike. Internationally, Zhong has exhibited in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York Asian Art Fairs. His work is also held in private collections in Singapore, Switzerland, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York.