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Da Zhong Zhang (Zhang Da Zhong) and Craig Mattoli


Da Zhong Zhang (Zhang Da Zhong; Zhang Dazhong, 张大中) Biography

Da Zhong Zhang became an artist relatively late, in life.  During the days of the cultural revolution, people did not go to college, as academia was stifled and shunned by the government.  In the late 1980's, Zhang finally went to school and eventually got a masters of fine art from the Guangzhou Fine Arts Academy, which is even more of an accomplishment because he did not choose art as his field of undergraduate study, having chosen literature, instead.  His painting career, then, began, in the 1990's.  He was a starving artist for only a short time before one his paintings received national awards, and a Hong Kong gallery agreed to take him on.  However, the gods, it seems, always want artists to suffer at bit more for their work, and, as a result of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, the gallery closed.  Still, Zhang DaZhong did not give up, although he did despair.  He continued to paint, feverishly, even though his wife begged him to give up and get a real job.  He painted night and day and peddled around the streets of Guangzhou with paintings on his bicycle trying to find a gallery that would take on his art.  For all his effort, galleries refused, saying that oil paintings were not popular in China, and, then, one day when he woke up, his wife was gone. 

Apparently, those galleries (and his first wife) were wrong.  He finally got a second chance at success and fame when one of his paintings received a prize for excellence, in the "I Love My Country" Exhibition, in 2000.  His paintings, now, sell in the range of tens of thousands of U. S. dollars, which, in terms of buying power of the Yuan, makes him a very successful and rich artist and man.  He says that his studio is still filled with boxed noodles, but his new wife points out that his girth shows that he is no longer a starving artist.

In the new millennia, Da Zhong Zhang has become famous for his political art, featuring Red Guard girls.  As part of the so-called Cultural Revolution of Mao, women were encouraged to not be women but to be part of the homogeneous, androgynous worker masses.  Women wore loose-fitting clothing and hung their heads to hide their natural curves.  Da Zhong, whose sister and her friends were real Red Guard girls when he was growing up, has taken offense with that whole issue, and he has painted a number of works featuring Red Guard girls in happy carefree atmospheres, not taking life so seriously as good Maoist comrades should, and with their curves accented, not hidden, by their Maoist garb, several of which we feature, in our on-line gallery, with several more, in the physical gallery, in Guangzhou.  Da Zhong's ability in portraiture is top-notch, taking on an almost photographic quality.  Today, there are collectors from Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, Indonesia and other distant places who come to Guangzhou, only for the purpose of seeing (and buying) his art.  We have a number of his "Red Guard Girl" series and others, available, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery (some not shown on-line).
 Dancing Red Guard: painting by Da Zhong Zhang Golden Sun in Beijing by Zhang Da Zhong Red Sun in the Mountains: painting by Da Zhong Zhang New Year: painting by Da Zhong Zhang Wanquan River Tale by Da Zhong Zhang
We have other works by Da Zhong Zhang, in our gallery, which are not displayed in our on-line gallery.  If you are interested in seeing more of her works, please contact us by phone or by email, and will will forward more of her works to you by email. Office: 086 20 83600764; clm@leonacraig.com
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