Alexander Chen (1952–)
Alexander Chen is an internationally acclaimed artist. His reputation for creating captivating city scenes, enchanting landscapes and famous landmarks is greatly admired. Chen has received worldwide recognition for his colorful and exciting works of art as his popularity in the United States, Asia and Europe continues to grow.
Chen is grateful that he was afforded the opportunity to experience many different cultures during his life. Born in Guangzhou, China in 1952, Chen first discovered his love of art while developing a series of drawings at the age of four. He continuously nurtured his talent and vision, as his life went through tumultuous change. At 16 he moved to the countryside where, as a farmer, Chen learned to love the land and became in awe of its splendor.
By the time he was 26 Alexander Chen began studying at various art schools and colleges in China, including the Arts and Crafts School at Guang Dong and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to learning more about his craft, Chen met and married a fellow student and artist, Su. They have one son named Brandon.
As he traveled throughout China during the 1980’s, Chen quickly developed a reputation as an upcoming young artist. His paintings were collected by provincial and national art museums and were selected for display by the National Art Exhibitions of China.
In the late 1980’s, Alexander Chen moved his family to Northern California. Since then, he has created artwork, titled “Alexander’s World”, a series of modern life in his beloved adopted country, the United States. The exciting cityscapes of life in New York, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago are amazingly popular as are his heart-rending tributes to American landmarks and icons such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park, The Statue of Liberty and Times Square.
Most recently Alexander has traveled to Europe, the Mideast, and Southeast Asia in search of new locations to add to his inspired collection of artwork. He has visited and captured on canvas, scenes from daily life in places such as England, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Germany, China and Thailand. As always Alexander shares with the viewer a side of life in all those exotic sites that is playful, unique and inviting.
Alexander Chen is an official Artist for the US Olympic Team. He created originals for both the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Alexander has the distinguished honor of being the only Olympic Artist sanctioned by both the US Olympic Committee and the Beijing Olympic Committee.
From his home in California, Chen enjoys the beauty and opportunity provided to him as an American. He fell in love quickly with “America the Beautiful” and has translated this adulation for the United States into paintings which reflect deep feelings of admiration for its bustling cities, majestic countryside and wonderful people. Chen is honored that people of all ages and backgrounds collect his artwork whether it is a painting, graphic work or something as simple as a puzzle. He takes great pride in sharing his passion for America as a land of magnificence to be appreciated and shared by all. Alexander states his deep affection to both China and the United States in the following quote, “It is the same ocean and sky that connects me with my homeland of China with my adopted land of America. I love both places and that is clearly reflected in my artwork.”
Alexander Chen’s works of art have been collected or licensed by the following individuals, companies and charities: Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Selover, The Cantor Family, Edgardo Viste, Toshiba Electric, Northwest Airlines, Shin Nippon Co., Impact Photographics, The Canada Group, FSG Crest, Second Nature Software, Time for Lyme, UNICEF and various art trade magazines.