Christopher Zhang, OPA




As a professional artist, I have received the most institutional education and substantial training of painting in both China and the US.  In the last four decades, I have successfully developed my career and markets nationally and internationally through numerous exhibits and awards at home and abroad.

My subjective paintings are mainly to two themes: (1) the Chinese minority nationality and their social customs, (2) ballerinas.
My style and techniques can best represent and express these two subjects in light of realism.  My equal success in painting these two remarkably different subjects with highly different skills has in fact become the differentiation between me and other artists and has thus become a characteristic of my art.  In addition to the subjective paintings, I paint portraits and landscapes.

Zhang is an exceptional realist painter born in Shanghai but now living and teaching art in the US since 1990.

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1990 – 1993      Rhode Island College, RI, M.F.A.
1984 – 1988      East China Normal University, PRC, B.F.A.


Master signature artist member   Oil Painters of America

Copley Master   The Copley Society of Art Boston, MA

Artist member   Salmagundi Club,

Elected artist member   Connecticut Fine Arts Academy, CT

Elected artist member   Lyme Art Association, CT

Board member  Griffis International Art Center, CT



(exhibits in China before 1989 not listed)


2014                   University of Connecticut, Groton, CT    
2012—2013        Western Colorado Center for Arts       
2012                   Sofia Press Center Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2010                    Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, NYC       
2010                    Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL        
2008                    Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA      
2008                    National Culture Palace, Sophia, Bulgaria
2008                    Smolyan Art Museum, Smolyan, Bulgaria
2007, 2005, 2003 Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL
2006                     Bellini Ruggeri Gallery, Providence, RI
2006—2009         Courtyard Art Gallery, Mystic, CT
2005                    Imagine Fine Arts, Smithfield, Providence, RI
2004, 2001          New England Center of Contemporary Arts, CT                        
2002                    Greene Gallery, Guilford, CT
2002                    Hygienic Art Center, New London, CT
2005, 2002          University of Connecticut, Groton, CT
2001                    Paul Mellon Arts Center Gallery, Wallingford, CT 
2001                    The Sole of the Dances, Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT
1999                    Pfizer Corporation Art Center, Groton, CT
1998                    New London Art Society, New London, CT
1997                    River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
1996                    Southbridge Arts Center, Southbridge, MA
1995                    Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT
1993                    Sun Cities Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1993                    Rhode Island College Art Gallery, Providence, RI
1991—2002        Tidwell Art Gallery, Charleston, SC
1990                    Alart Gallery, Providence, RI




Connecticut College
Rockport Art Association
Mystic Art Center
Lyme Art Association



Harvard University, MA
University of Connecticut, CT
Art Talk on TV Channel 38, CT
Lyme Allen Museum, CT
Sun Cities Art Museum, AZ
Providence Art Club, RI
Manchester Art Association, CT
East Hampton Art Association, CT
Glastonbury Art Association, CT
Meriden Art Association, CT
Mystic Art Center, CT   



2002      Images of Tibet (art book)
2000      The Royal Bee (illustration)  
1999       Leech Tree (illustration)