Chang Jiahuang

Chang Jiahuang

Chang Jiahuang, painter, was born in 1950 in the Huangqing temple at the Mogao grottos in Dunhuang a holy land of Chinese grotto art in northwestern China’s Gansu Province.

Decades ago, his parents, Chang Shuhong and Chengxian Li gave up a promising artiest career in Paris and came to protect the Grottos in Dunhuang where they introduced him to the oil painting since 1971.

Until 1978: Chang Jiahuang is disciple of his father as well as for artistic research on Dunhuang and for drawing from nature. At the same he works closely to Chinese artists like Li Keran, Wu Zuoren, Guan Shanyue and Shi Lu, while learning from them he participated to the  research  work on Mogao Caves led by Chang Shuhong and Changxian Li. During the four years of his training, he learned the techniques of archeological restoration and the art of copying Dunhuang frescoes with his parents as teachers.

In 1978, matriculated in oil painting, at the School of Arts, Northwest Normal University.

As the assistant and secretary of parents he participated to the arts development at Dunhuang for 30 years as the photographer of Chinese cultural relics bureau.

In 1982, graduated and worked in State Administration of Cultural Heritage and became member of Chinese Artist Association.

Between 1984 and 1990 went to Japan for study and research in oriental art at Takushoku University at Tokyo University and at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music having as professors prestigious Japanese painters like Ikuo Hirayama, Kaii Higashiyama and Tatsuo Takayama. During those six years, he participates to pictorial achievements under the leadership of his parents, travels extensively, particularly in Central Asia, and throughout Japan to paint live. Strongly influenced by the art and culture of Japan, interested in Buddhist philosophy he went to India and Nepal to better understand Sakyamuni. He participated with his parents to create the frescoes at the prestigious Buddhist temple of Horyu in Japan. Back to China he becomes  professor and researcher at the University of Hangzhou.

After so many years working as an established artist, he has at last decided to follow his father’s footstep and come back to Dunhuang.

1994: Chang Jiahuang promises his father to continue the work Chang Shuhong started nearly fifty years earlier in Dunhuang to proclaim the Chinese traditional culture. In same year, after the father’s death, he starts his father project to open new caves in Dunhuang, devoted to art production by contemporary artists.

In 2000, he participates to the creation of the biggest environmental work in the world, «Forest Dragons» (1000 m x 800 m), a plantation of thousands of trees.

In 2004, he paints on the cliffs of Dunhuang the China’s first outdoor mural (25 m x 60 m).

Between 2009 and 2010, he begins to create a series of large paintings on the theme of the prosperous China, including Mount Qomolangma exposed to the Beijing Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

His recent works:

  • In 2010: «Crown of the East» (8,1 x 2,3 m) for the World Expo Shanghai, «The Olympic Games Torch» and «Pearl River», two paintings for Asian Olympic Games of Guangzhou.

  • In 2011 he paints «The tides of Qiantang River», for the Province and the University of Zhejiang, «The Huashan Mountain», for the government of Saitama Prefecture in Japan , and for the Shenzhen University Olympics a memorial painting offered to the Mayor of the city.

  • He completed the enormous work of «Heart Sutra».

  • In France, in Saint Paul de Vence, he paints live a large canvas during a lyric  performance on the life of his father, Chang Shuhong. This painting «Sun in the Mediterranean» has been presented at the Association of Artists of Saint Paul.

  • In 2012 he paints in Japan, «The Energy of Furano» presented to the government of Furano, Hokkaido,  complets his monumental work «Pine of Hope» and «The supplication of the oriental  Cherry» presented to the Earth Greening Center and exposed in all major Japanese towns.

  • Back to his country he begins a long series of paintings «The light of our country».

Like his parents, and for their memory, Chang Jiahuang is dedicating his life to the protection and resurrection of Dunhuang to passing the Chinese Traditional culture continuity to the whole world.