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Hello, it's nice to meet you. My name is Shirley Yiping Zhang, and I hold a Master's degree in Fine Arts from the Chinese National Academy of Arts, as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration from Missouri State University (USA). Additionally, I have a Bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Qiqiar University.   

Around the same time that I obtained my first master's degree in the US, my first solo art exhibition was held in the same city. It was during this period that the aspiration of creating "Cross-cultural and Comprehensive Art" emerged within me.

Since then, I have persistently pursued my studies and created works encompassing painting, music, literature writing, and translation to illustrate Chinese classical poems and poetry while attempting to establish the relationship between them...

To date, I have successfully completed a one-year program at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and a rigorous 10-year study at the Chinese National Academy of Arts, culminating in obtaining an MFA from the latter institution.

Furthermore, I have participated in five art exhibitions held in Beijing, China and had six solo art exhibitions held in the US. From 2015 to 2020, I served as a guest Chinese Art Teacher for four K-12 schools located throughout Missouri and Kentucky (US), where approximately 7,000 students were instructed by me across 39 American institutes (including universities, colleges,K-12 schools, and art organizations) and two Chinese schools. My two publications: "诗画乐:综合艺术汉语 Together with Me,Learn Chinese Culture and Language by Enjoying Painting,Music,and Poetry," which include books, DVDs, and two closed websites respectively published by Jinan University Press in 2013 and 2018.

After 11 trips and a cumulative period of about 6 years studying and teaching in the US, I am currently on my 7th trip in Sydney, Australia.

I am very glad to start this column here for beginners, and I do hope to show you and help you learn something about Chinese Painting (including Chinese Xieyi, Gongbi, Mogu, Baimiao, etc.), which is a part of my Cross-cultural and Comprehensive Art. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at

Sincerely, thank you. 

Shirley Yiping Zhang

March, 2024

Sydney, Australia

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