"Art is style; Art is enjoyment; Art is love."

Cheng Lian was born in 1955 in Shanghai, China. Part of a close-knit, highly-talented family, he learned art since he was a little boy from his father, a famous artist and professor. He graduated from China Academy of Fine Art (a famous art school in China known as Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art), and he was an honored student in the art school.

As an artist Cheng has traveled to many places in China, Asia, United States, North America, Europe and South America; he uses his artist eyes observing things that he has seen like people and scenery, and he created eye catching, breathe taking portraits, landscapes and still lifes with his unique style.

Exhibitions: Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO; Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, FL; Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO; Trailside Galleries, Jackson Hole, WY; Insight Gallery, Frederiksberg, TX; Bosque Art Center, Clifton, TX; Thornwood Galleries, Houston, Dallas, TX; East-West Gallery, The Woodlands, TX; Billy Hork Galleries, Chicago IL; Lakeshore Gallery, Milwaukee WI; Lakeside Gallery, Lakeside MI

Media & Publication: July/August 2015 (Volume 32 #6) The Artist's Magazine, The Woodlands Online, American Art Collector (USA), Art World News - cover (USA), Artists of Chinese Origin in North America Directory (USA), Chinese Select Oil Painting Artists (Japan)

2017 - 2016 - 2015 -
  • Signature member, OPA
  • Honorable Mention, 2015 Artist's Magazine All-Media Online Competition
  • One of the judge of signature member selection committee for California Plein Air Painters
  • Best figurative award, Best of America 2015, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
  • Invited as an Inaugural Signature Member of the California Plein Air Painters (CPAP)
  • 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Oil Painters of America
  • 2015 Juried Salon Show, Oil Painters of America
  • Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Oil Painters of America
  • Invited to demo at 53rd Lone Star Art Guild Convention and Art Exhibition
  • Honorable Mention award, NOAPS Master/Signature Artist Invitational Show
2014 -
  • First place in oil painting, All Media Competition, The Artist's Magazine
  • Excellence and Merit awards, Best of America Juried Exhibition, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
  • Purchase award at plein air painting event, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
  • Final list of 31st Annual Art Competition by The Artist's Magazine
  • Serve as grand judge for NOAPS Spring Online Exhibition
  • Best Portrait Runner Up of 10th International 2013-2014 ARC Salon Competition
  • Finalist of 10th International 2013-2014 ARC Salon Competition
2013 -
  • Master Signature Artist, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
  • Best of portrait award, Best of America Juried Exhibition, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
  • Top 10 Honor Award, International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America
  • Third place winner, BoldBrush August Art Contest
  • Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Oil Painters of America
  • First Annual Salon Show by Oil Painters of America
  • 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition by Oil Painters of America
  • Second place, Rites of Spring Artists of Texas and Dutch Art Gallery Juried Show
  • 2 Honorable mentions of Artistic Excellence, 1 top 60, International Salon Juried Show, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
  • Award of Excellence, NOAPS International On-Line Exhibit
2012 -
  • Honorable Mention, International Salon Juried Show, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
  • Annual Award Winner and April Finalist, RayMar Art Contest
  • Finalist at 29th Annual Art Magazine Competition
  • Best of Show award, John Wesley UMC Annual Art Contest, Spring, TX
  • Best of portrait award, Best of America Juried Exhibition, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
His art is widely collected by many corporate and thousands of private collectors in US, Europe, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, and China.