Ivan was born in Guang Dong, China in 1956. He came to the United States in 1998.
Ivan's training began in 1972 in the art school of Guangdong. There, he had the opportunity to study under Zhou Da Ji, the best portraiture professor at the school and who is himself an artist of great renown in China.
"The study of portraiture was always my main interest, although I have also studied still-life painting. The beauty of the skin tones is fascinating to me. The way the light reflects on a shoulder, a cheekbone, a hand, it is captivating. To capture the beauty of both light and subject and to see how one plays off of the other challenges me with every brush stroke."
Ivan's nostalgic "portraits" of beautiful women have been strongly influenced by French and American Impressionists and Realists such as Degas, Chase and especially Sargent. His technique combines a traditional Chinese love of nature with French Impressionism. The paintings are a combination of the "color and feelings" from Impressionism and the form and techniques of realism.
"It is my opinion that paintings have a poetic beauty and that they should bring joy to people."
Tilting at Windmills is proud to include the works of Ivan in our collection of quality collectable artists