Calvin Liang

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Calvin Liang
Judge For: 5th Annual Competition Month #4- January 2011

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Calvin Liang was born in Canton, China. He began painting in high school and completed his art education at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, recognized as one of China’s most prestigious and competitive art academies.  In China his skills as a fine artist were applied to the theatrical industry where he designed and created sets for operas and musical dramas for the Canton Opera Institute.  Liang moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his profession as a full-time artist.  He had a long and successful career creating visual art for the entertainment industry in animation, which included the Walt Disney Studios and Nickelodeon Studio where he worked on the Little Mermaid and SpongeBob Squarepants.  However, he decided to quit working for the studios to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. 

Since leaving his animation carrier in early 2002, Liang has definitely been noticed.  His accomplishments include winning several top awards in important exhibitions including Juror’s Best of Show- 38th Annual C.M. Russell 2006, “Art-Talk Award of Excellence” Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibition 2005, “People’s Choice Award” 6th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Invitational 2004, “Best of Show” Plein Air Painting Event in Bowers Museum 2002, “Best of Show” American Impressionists Society’s 4th Annual Juried Exhibition 2002, thus assuring his position as one of the nation’s leading artists. 

National art magazines also took notice.  In 2004 Liang’s work graced the cover of Art of the West’s special 16th Anniversary Edition, and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 he had a full feature article in American Art Collector Magazine.  He also received a full feature article in South West Art Magazine, American Artist Magazine in 2005 and American Artist Workshop Magazine in 2007. 

Calvin is a Master Member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society and a Signature Member of the California Art Club and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.