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Richard Tiejun Chao

 GAWA Signature Member, IWS Master

Richard Tiejun Chao is a world renowned watercolorist living in Sydney, Australia. He has accomplished 11-year systematic professional study on oil painting and obtained Master’s Degree of Art. Basing on his profound background and rich experience on oil-painting,Richard has focused on watercolor portrait. Taking a contemporary perspective, he depicts his interpretation on the human world in his realistic paintings. An explorative artist as he is, Richard tries out the possibilities of watercolor as a medium with huge size paintings. His expertise and endeavour on painting have won him awards and reputation world wide. In last years, he’s been winners or finalists in 37 prizes world-wide and his art works’ve been exhibited and solo exhibitions have been held in 5 continents. Meanwhile, his artworks are featured in the international leading journals. His paintings are collected by museums, galleries and private collectors. Richard travels around the world to international art exhibitions and art festivals. He is also invited to give demonstrations, workshops and lectures world wide.

All art should inspire and evoke emotion. Art should be something you can actually feel. - Richard Tiejun Chao    

# “Indian Old Man”(watercolor on paper), Finalist, 2018 NWS 98th International Open Exhibition,USA, 2018
# “Good Friends” Excellence Award, The first Universal Watercolor Exposition。Zhejiang, China, Nov. 2018
# “Record of Life” Finalist, SENSAZIONI International Watercolor Exhibition, Italy, Nov. 15, 2018
# “The Thinker” Rosemary & Co Bruch Award, A Symphony International Watercolour Festival、Exhibition,Richmond,Canada,2018
#“Bronze Age” Excellence Award, International Watercolour Festival、Exhibition,Czech Republic,2018
# “Street Drummer 2” Finalist, IWS Mexico's Premio Tláloc,Mexico City, Mexico, 2018
# “Richard TiejunChao and His Watercolor” Solo Exhibition, Live In Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia, May. 2018
# Invited Demonstration Master, “Spring International Watercolor Festival”, Tirana, Albania, May 20-30, 2018
# Representative Artist from the Watercolor Community of Australia, “Fabriano in Acquarello 2018”, Fabriano, Italy, May 3-7, 2018
# “Street Drummer” (watercolor on paper), Second Place Winner, Harmony through Watercolor 2017, 2nd International Watercolor Society (IWS) India Biennale, New Delhi,
India, Dec.8, 2017
# “Dancing with Me”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong, Dec. 2017
# “Hair in the Air”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong, Dec. 2017
# “Rodeo” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, “Waves of Colors--IWS Bangladeshi Biennale 2018”, Nov. 2017
# “Hair in the Air” (watercolor on paper), First Prize Winner, IWS Canada 2017, Canada, Sept. 2017.  
# “Hair in the Air” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, NWS (National Watercolor Society) 2017
# Member’s Exhibition, California, USA, June 2017
# “Mirror Lake” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, “The World of Watercolor--IWS Slovakia
# International Watercolor Exhibition 2017”, Bratislava, Slovakia, June 2017
# “Street Drummer” (watercolor on paper), Winner of “Reader’s Competition”, “The Art of Watercolor”, issue 27, Paris, France, Jun. 2017
# “Lest We Forget” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Hunter’s Hill Art Exhibition, Hunter’s Hill, NSW, Australia, May, 2017
# “Tibetan Girl” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Light Watercolor-1st International Watercolor Festival IWS Portugal, Portugal, May 2017
# “Understanding Our Uniqueness”, interview article, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017
# “Looking into the Sky”, Cover Painting, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017
# “Tibetan Sunshine” (watercolor on paper), Second Place Winner, IWS 2017 Ecuador Biennale, Quito, Ecuador, Mar. 2017
# “In the Burning Sun” (watercolor on paper), Juror’s Selection Award, 8th Continental Watercolor Art Hua-Yang, Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 2017 
# “A Mongolian Wrestler” (watercolor on paper), Top 30, “Blue Thumb Prize”, Australia, 2016
# “A Wrestler King’s Roaring after His Victory” (Watercolor on Paper), Portraiture Top 10,
# IWS 2016 Albania Biennale, Tirana, Albania, Nov. 2016
# “The Beauty of Faith” (watercolor on paper), Finalist, Kennedy Prize, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 2016 
# “A Weathered Face”, Finalist, IWS HK First International Watercolor Biennale, Hong Kong, China, 2016
# “The Parable of Seeds”, Finalist, Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression, Xi’an, China, 2016
# “A Little Girl from Rural Western China”, Finalist, Watercolor Exhibition of Western China Impression, Xi’an, China, 2016
# “An Aboriginal Man”, Finalist, IWS Canada Biennale, Vancouver, Canada, March 2016 
# Gold Medal, Illustration and Graphic Design section, China Newspaper Design Prize, Kunming, China, 2013
# “Mass-Media Innovation under the Influence of Integrated Graphic Design”, interview by News Front (the professional journal on journalism run by the People’s Daily), Beijing, China, 2013
# Bronze Medal, Illustration and Graphic Design section, China Newspaper Design Prize, Kunming, China, 2012
# Top 10 Chinese Design Directors, “Design Matters”, 2006, China

# “Dancing with Me”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong, Dec.  2017
# “Hair in the Air”, selected art work, International Watercolor, Issue 3, Hong Kong, Dec.  2017
# “Richard Chao Watercolor” (Book of Art) Sydney, Australia, May 2017
# “Understanding Our Uniqueness”, interview article, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017
# “Looking into the Sky”, Cover Painting, “The Art of Watercolor”, Issue 26, Paris, France, Mar 2017

# Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Aug, 2016
# Richard Chao’s Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia, May, 2018
# Identity— Richard Chao’s Watercolor Solo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, Australia,March, 2019


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