Alexander Chen is an internationally acclaimed artist that paints in what he calls a “hyper-realist” style. He travels throughout the world, visiting historical and cultural landmarks, transporting his audience into the exciting settings of his paintings. The streets of Paris, Times Square in New York, the Great Wall of China, the London Bridge, and the Grand Canyon are some of the locations that have inspired his paintings.
Alexander Chen was born in Guangzhou, China
Love of Drawing Begins
Alexander Chen’s love of drawing begins while developing a series of drawings at the age of 4
Inspired to Travel
Chen reads “Around the World in 80 Days,” and is inspired to travel. Moved to the country and worked as farmer. He then works for an on-the-road theatre company for six years painting stage backgrounds.
Moved Back to Guangzhou
Chen moved back to Guangzhou to attend various art schools such as Arts and Crafts School at Guang Dong and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Here he met his wife.
Immigrates to US
Chen and his wife immigrate to San Francisco in the United States in 1989.
First Snowfall Inspiration
Alexander Chen experiences his first snowfall in Central Park in New York City. This profoundly affects his work.
Commissioned for Olympics in China
Commissioned to create art work to represent the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China
Commissioned for Olympics in Canada
Commissioned to create original artwork for the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada
“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.”