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Alexander Chen

Alexander Chen

Alexander Chen was born in 1952, in Canton, China.
Alexander Chen's interest in art began developing while in kindergarten, where he started drawing images of his own life and the lives of his fellow classmates. In the years that followed, legendary heroes came to life in the form of pictures and drawings he compiled in storybook form. By the time Alexander finished elementary school, he had completed nearly forty picture/storybooks.

In 1966, Alexander Chen joined fellow students in an educational exploration trek of over 300 miles from Canton to Zhanjiang. In 1968, he became part of the state agricultural effort to raise food for Chinaís growing population, drawing life in the country. By November 1972, Alexander had been chosen as a stage designer by the state opera troupe, so for the next four years, he traveled again on foot from one small village to another, living with the company as they performed.

During the ensuing years, there were many experiences that shaped Alexanderís future life. At 25, he found himself again a student; this time in the arts school at Guangdong and the Canton Academy of Fine Arts. For the next few years, Alexander continued traveling throughout much of China, painting life in the countryside. Many works were exhibited in provincial and national art museums and also in the United States and France. Later his works were collected by the P.R.C. National Art Gallery, where many were published.

In 1989, Alexander and his wife immigrated to the United States, where he began assimilating our culture and painting life in his new land. He has completed eleven works which are being printed as puzzles by one of Japanís largest puzzle makers. Alexanderís images have also been reproduced on posters, t-shirts, telephone cards, and greeting cards.

Alexander's paintings are extremely detailed and complex, offering the viewer many levels of enjoyment. Some of his paintings take over six weeks to complete because of the attention to detail and the intricacy of the subject matter. Alexander's greatest desire is to contribute something of value and beauty by painting what he observes in his unique style, bringing a little of Alexander's World into your life.


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