YiChing Chen


CHEN Yiching (b. 1975) was born in Taiwan. Chen graduated with a master degree at faculty of Fine Art, Kyoto City University of Arts in 2004. She was a student of YAMAZAKI Takao, the distinguished master of the Nitten movement, since 2000. In 2003, she won the prestigious Grand Prize of the Shouhaku Museum with her painting entitled « Kabocha » (Pumpkin). Her talent and potential were recognized by Atsushi Uemura, one of Japan’s great masters of Nihon-ga; she was awarded a studio and the opportunity to study under his guidance following her master degree. In 2004, Chen had her first solo show at the Nasic Square Gallery in Kyoto.

With great admiration of the work of the Impressionists in the late 19th century, CHEN moved to France; where she continues to develop her own artistic research and pedagogy in Paris with a well set Nihon-ga atelier. Chen is one of the rare contemporary Nihon-ga artists in Europe, who has lived in Japan and studied under renowned Japanese masters. Chen is best known for her large scale polyptychs. These multi-paneled screens depict contemporary landscapes garnished with explosions of blossoming flowers. Her other large works also derive inspiration from nature using traditional Japanese painting techniques and materials.

Chen is the author of the first book in French on the practical technique and history of Nihon-ga “Découvrir la Peinture Nihon-ga , Art Traditional Japonais”, published in September 2012 by Editions Eyrolles. Chen is the Professor of Nihon-ga at The Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts, Paris, France, and a member of the Foundation Taylor for Arts, France. Artist currently lives and works in Paris.