Organizations* : OPA
Mian Situ studied at the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts in his native homeland of Canton (now called Guangdong), China. There he had basic academic training. However, during the Cultural Revolution in the mid-1980’s, Situ was ordered to work as a film projectionist for propaganda films. He later returned to the Institute to graduate. Situ then wanted to study art in America and arrived in Los Angeles, California in 1987. He worked in a commercial gallery where he copied European paintings for 75 dollars per painting.
Situ’s debut in the United States began with the 1995 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, in which the judges recognized his exceptional talent and awarded him the $10,000 Best of Show award. He was also voted the People’s Choice Award recipient by collectors.
Since that time, Situ’s artistic genius has gained him an impressive and loyal following, and collectors throughout the country have avidly sought his work. Known for his depictions of rural China, Situ strives to capture the dignity and beauty in the everyday lives of its people. He feels a strong need, as a painter, to preserve their traditional ways of life and dress before they are lost. “My paintings always tell stories,” Situ says. “I have spent many years traveling throughout China, taking photographs and studying the people . . . trying to capture the rhythm of their lives.” Situ has further continued to impress collectors with his amazing versatility, recently venturing out into areas of portraiture and California landscape. Whatever the subject, his fluency of brushwork, subtlety of palette (especially in light reflected into shadow) and empathic portraiture are unsurpassed.
A Master member of the Oil Painters of America, Situ continues to amaze his peers and exhibit jurors as well, exhibiting annually at the Prix de West and the Masters of the American West exhibitions, among others. He has won many awards at the Masters of the American West exhibition, held at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California, including the Artist’s Choice Award in 2003, 2005 and 2006, the Patron’s Choice Award in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, the Thomas Moran Memorial Award in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and the Masters of the American West Award in 2002. In addition, one of Situ’s works was purchased for the permanent collection of the Arts for the Parks.
His work has the remarkable quality of appealing to all types of art patrons, young and old, those purchasing their first piece of art and those with established museum-quality collections. Situ’s collectors, admirers, and potential collectors anxiously await his new work.