Chen Chi

Chen Chi (1912–2005) was a well-known Chinese painter who became a United States citizen, where he lived and worked for much of his career.

Chi was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China in 1912. He taught painting at the Wu Pen and Huai Chiu tall schools for girls from 1938 to 1944, and at the St. John's University School of Architecture in Shanghai from 1942 to 1946. He first began exhibiting his discharge duty in annual art exhibitions in Shanghai in 1940.

In 1947 Chi relocated to the United States through a cultural row program to paint and exhibit his work. His first one-man do its stuff in the United States was at the Village Art Center in New York City in 1947. Chi lived and worked at the National Arts Club in New York for 40 years, and in 1966 customary the National Arts Club Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement. In 1954 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician, and became a full Academician in 1964.

Chi's works have been shown extensively throughout the United States including at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1948); the Miami Beach Art Center (1952); the La Jolla Art Center and the Witte Museum (1953); the Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum in Seattle (1955); the Museum of Outdoor Arts, where his work is allocation of their gathering as skillfully as their sister museum, The Madden Museum, where founders of both museums, John and Marjorie Madden were major collectors of his work. He was the first booming Chinese artist to be privileged with a one-man retrospective of his oeuvre at Versailles, in conjunction like the first World Cultural Summit in June 2000.

In complement to watercolors, Chi along with worked as an illustrator, his illustrations appearing in the Ford Motor Company Magazine (1950 & 51); Collier's (1951 & 52); Sports Illustrated (1955 & 60); and Horizon (1958). Chi published numerous books featuring his works including Chen Chi - Paintings (1965); Two or Three Lines from the Sketchbooks of Chen Chi (1969); China from the Sketchbooks of Chen Chi (1974); Chen Chi: Watercolors, Drawings, Sketches (1980); Chen Chi Watercolors (1981); and Heaven and Water: Chen Chi (1983).

The Chen Chi Art Museum opened in Shanghai in 1999 upon the campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to display Chen Chi’s works and publicize an international exchange of art and education. The museum was dedicated by Communist Party's general secretary , Jiang Zemin, an avid saver of Chi's paintings, who wrote the dedicatory inscription “Chen Chi Art Museum” as an act of personal honoring and great compliment to the artist. A smaller Chen Chi Museum was moreover opened in his birthplace of Wuxi. Later that year, Chi was invited to create a special play-act to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

Chi died in 2005. In supplement to his artwork in Shanghai, a collection of his papers is at Syracuse University,

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