Chinese artists in the Archibald Prize
By the Art Gallery of NSW
Chinese-born artists living in Australia have made a significant contribution to the Archibald Prize, which is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. Many of their Archibald works from over the years are presented here. Click on a work to read more about it in our prizes archive.
For a few others we don't have images, including Wendy Li (1990 portrait of Eunice Gardner). And, of course, there are other artists of Chinese heritage, born in Australia or elsewhere, who have exhibited in the Archibald but are not included here.
A selection of these paintings - alongside some from the Salon des Refusés - was displayed in the exhibition A retrospective of Chinese Archibald finalists, curated by Jiawei Shen, at the China Cultural Centre, Level 1/151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, 25 July to 27 August 2015.
Born in Shanghai in 1963, Li Baohua received a university diploma from the Shanghai Arts College. In 1987 he was represented in the China Oil Painting Exhibition. He migrated to Australia in 1989. We currently do not have an image of his 1999 portrait of Francis Giacco.
AGNSW prizes Li ‘David’ Baohua Portrait (Hazel Hawke), from Archibald Prize 1994
Guo Hua Cai
Guo Hua Cai studied Fine Arts in China at the Shanghai Textile Engineering College and the Shanghai Jiaotong University. He then went to Japan and did a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree in oil painting at Musashino Art University.
AGNSW prizes Guo Hua Cai Lee Lin Chin, from Archibald Prize 2001
Adam Chang (Hong Jun Zhang) was born in Shanghai in 1960 and educated at Shanghai University's college of fine arts. He began exhibiting in the early 1980s and had his first solo exhibition in 1985. He was subsequently represented at major national exhibitions throughout China. In 1989, he was selected to join the Art Association of Shanghai: the youngest member in the history of the organisation. Chang migrated to Australia in 1997.
AGNSW prizes Adam Chang John Coetzee, from Archibald Prize 2011
AGNSW prizes Adam Chang Gene & the doorway, from Archibald Prize 2005
AGNSW prizes Adam Chang Brian, the dog and the doorway, from Archibald Prize 2007
AGNSW prizes Adam Chang Spirit of an ancient culture, from Archibald Prize 2009
AGNSW prizes Adam Chang Two eyes - closing to open (Simeon Kronenberg), from Archibald Prize 2010
AGNSW prizes Adam Chang Emile Sherman, from Archibald Prize 2012
Born in China in 1960, Jun Chen graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1986, then worked as an art editor in book design and as a fine arts lecturer. During this time, he entered many art competitions, winning several prizes. He came to Australia in 1990 and obtained a Master of Fine Art from the Queensland University of Technology.
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen Joe Furlonger, from Archibald Prize 2006
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen Ian Smith, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen John Yu with artist, from Archibald Prize 2012
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen Ray Hughes and five other moods, from Archibald Prize 2009
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen Ray Hughes, from Archibald Prize 2017
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen Judith Bell, from Archibald Prize 2018
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen Mao's last dancer – Li Cunxin, from Archibald Prize 2019
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen The art dealer: Philip Bacon, from Archibald Prize 2020
AGNSW prizes Jun Chen Artist – Joe Furlonger, from Archibald Prize 2021
Wei Bin Chen
Wei Bin Chen was born in China in 1964. He graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1987 and was a practising architect in China. He exhibited work in multiple group exhibitions across East Asia before immigrating to Australia in 1991.
AGNSW prizes Wei Bin Chen The artist ‒ self-portrait no 6, from Archibald Prize 2015
Born in Zhongshan in 1969, Zhong Chen arrived in Australia in 1989. He studied in Adelaide for a Diploma of Visual Arts and has a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of South Australia. Since completing a Master of Fine Arts at London's Chelsea School of Art in 1998, he has undertaken a further exploration of traditional Chinese art and regularly incorporates Chinese subject matter into his paintings.
AGNSW prizes Zhong Chen Self-portrait, from Archibald Prize 2007
AGNSW prizes Zhong Chen Nicholas Harding, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Zhong Chen Self-portrait on a horse, from Archibald Prize 2011
Kordelya Zhansui Chi
Born in China in 1967, Kordelya Zhansui Chi graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts from the Fine Arts Institute of Guangzhou. She now lives in Australia but continues her connection with China through her style and practices.
Chi was also in the Archibald in 1996 with two portraits, for which we currently don't have images.
AGNSW prizes Kordelya Zhansui Chi Julius, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Kordelya Zhansui Chi Good morning, this is Neil Mitchell, from Archibald Prize 2009
AGNSW prizes Kordelya Zhansui Chi Mr Walker, from Archibald Prize 2010
Born in Beijing in 1946, Hong Fu was already well known in China, including a major show at the National Art Gallery in Beijing in 1988, before he moved to Australia in 1990.
AGNSW prizes Hong Fu Dr Joseph Brown, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Hong Fu Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, from Archibald Prize 2009
AGNSW prizes Hong Fu Professor Mabel Lee, from Archibald Prize 2021
AGNSW prizes Hong Fu Portrait of Peter Wegner, from Archibald Prize 2022
Born in Beijing in 1957, Guan Wei graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Bejing Capital University. He came to Australia in 1989.
AGNSW prizes Guan Wei Plastic surgery, from Archibald Prize 2016
Pei Pei He
Born in Shanghai, China in 1954, Pei Pei He arrived in Australia in 1987. She studied visual arts in China, training in traditional Russian and Chinese academy styles, then continued her studies in Australia, graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010.
AGNSW prizes Pei Pei He Portrait of Theodore Wohng, from Archibald Prize 2018
Born in China, He Huang studied painting and sculpture with a Chinese master who specialised in the Western style at Guangzhou University, where Huang was later a teacher himself. He arrived in Australia in 1988.
AGNSW prizes He Huang Artist Daniel H Kojta, from Archibald Prize 1998
Born in China in 1962, Zai Kuang has a Bachelor and a Master of Visual Art (Painting) from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing. He taught art at Beijing University for ten years before coming to Australia in 1998. He has since completed a Master of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University in Melbourne in 2002.
AGNSW prizes Zai Kuang The sisters - Celia and Julia, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Zai Kuang Sarah and the doll, from Archibald Prize 2007
Born in Beijing in 1982, Dapeng Liu was trained by his father to sketch from age four. Long fascinated by difference and similarity, he is drawn to blending these two great civilisations on canvas.
AGNSW prizes Dapeng Liu Portrait of Yin Cao on blue-and-green landscape, from Archibald Prize 2014
AGNSW prizes Dapeng Liu A mind–body dualism portrait of Joanna Capon, from Archibald Prize 2021
AGNSW prizes Dapeng Liu John and the light of ultramarine, from Archibald Prize 2022
Born in Shanghai into a Russian-Jewish family, Jenny Sages came to Australia in 1948 at the age of 14. She has been a finalist 20 times since 1990; her 1995 portrait of Gene Sherman and family does not currently have an image.
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Adele Weiss and Benjamin, from Archibald Prize 1990
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Keith Bain (everyone is doing the farandole), from Archibald Prize 1993
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Loti and Victor Smorgon, from Archibald Prize 1994
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Paul Cox, from Archibald Prize 1996
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Greg Weight making a portrait of Tom Bass, from Archibald Prize 1997
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Nobody's daughter - Meme Thorne, from Archibald Prize 1998
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Meryl Tankard, from Archibald Prize 1999
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Each morning when I wake up I put on my mother's face, from Archibald Prize 2000
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Jackie and Kerryn, from Archibald Prize 2001
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Ros and Joe, from Archibald Prize 2002
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages True stories – Helen Garner, from Archibald Prize 2003
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Seeing the lights - Anthony Hopkins artist, from Archibald Prize 2004
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Gloria Tamere Petyarre, from Archibald Prize 2005
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Hossein Valamanesh, from Archibald Prize 2006
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), from Archibald Prize 2007
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Anita and Luca, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages Heidi and Sarah-Jane ‘parallel lives’, from Archibald Prize 2009
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages My Jack, from Archibald Prize 2011
AGNSW prizes Jenny Sages After Jack, from Archibald Prize 2012
Born in Shanghai in 1948, Jiawei Shen was an artist of considerable fame in China before he relocated to Australia in 1989.
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen PhD John Clark in black kimono, from Archibald Prize 1993
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen Hedda's camera (Portrait of Claire Roberts), from Archibald Prize 1994
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen The artist couple: M Huang and F Yu, from Archibald Prize 1995
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen Self-portrait with GE (Chinese) Morrison, from Archibald Prize 1996
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen Seven self-portraits, from Archibald Prize 1997
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen Eyewitness (portrait of George Gittoes AM), from Archibald Prize 1998
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen William Yang, from Archibald Prize 1999
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen The lady from Shanghai (Jenny Sages), from Archibald Prize 2002
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen Tom Hughes, from Archibald Prize 2004
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen John So, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, from Archibald Prize 2005
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen This is not a photo, from Archibald Prize 2006
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen Homage to Esben Storm, from Archibald Prize 2012
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen Self-portrait as Quong Tart’s contemporary (after John Thomson), 2010, from Archibald Prize 2011
AGNSW prizes Jiawei Shen How to explain art with a white rabbit, from Archibald Prize 2015
Born in China in 1961, Song Ling graduated in 1984 from the China National Academy of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and was one of several important artists involved with the 1985 New Wave art movement in China. He migrated to Australia in 1988.
AGNSW prizes Song Ling Angelina Pwerle, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Song Ling My name is Fartunate – self-portrait, from Archibald Prize 2011
Born in China in 1949, Xu Wang is a graduate of the art teachers course at the Central Institute of Nationalities in Beijing where he trained as a traditional Chinese brush-and-ink painter. On arrival in Australia in 1989 he undertook further study, principally in oil, and now holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and Masters in Fine Art from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.
AGNSW prizes Xu Wang Jiawei Shen, from Archibald Prize 2005
AGNSW prizes Xu Wang John Yu and George Soutter, from Archibald Prize 2007
AGNSW prizes Xu Wang Nick Waterlow, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Xu Wang Self-portrait (interviewing Maoist victims), from Archibald Prize 2013
Born in Tianjin in 1959, Yi Wang has a Bachelor of Art from the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating in 1982, he started work as a senior art editor for one of China’s biggest-selling newspapers, The Evening Gazette of Tianjin, and in 1990, he set up the Shadow Art Gallery. His reputation as a portrait painter grew during the 1980s. He Wang moved to Sydney in 2006.
AGNSW prizes Yi Wang Long hair, from Archibald Prize 2008
AGNSW prizes Yi Wang Bishop Elliott and Lady Jacqueline, from Archibald Prize 2010
Born in Shanghai in 1957, Huihai Xie studied at Jiaotong University in Shanghai, graduating in 1984 with a Master of Arts (Painting). He began exhibiting in 1979. Xie arrived in Australia in 1989.
AGNSW prizes Huihai Xie Jonny Raper – a living legend, from Archibald Prize 2000
AGNSW prizes Huihai Xie Bannerman, from Archibald Prize 2003
AGNSW prizes Huihai Xie A groom, from Archibald Prize 2006
Apple Xiu Yin
Born into an artist family in China, Apple Xiu Yin sees herself as a traveller journeying from an Eastern to Western culture and trying to find her own way in both. As a result, her art features both Eastern and Western influences. She graduated from Hornsby TAFE in 2009 with a Fine Arts Diploma.
AGNSW prizes Apple Xiu Yin The previous life, from Archibald Prize 2010
AGNSW prizes Apple Xiu Yin Hearing • meditation, from Archibald Prize 2011
Born in Beijing in 1953, Dalu Zhao was a professor at the Capital Normal University in Beijing. He migrated to Australia in 2001.
AGNSW prizes Dalu Zhao ‘Lao Fei’ Stephen Fitzgerald, from Archibald Prize 2003
AGNSW prizes Dalu Zhao Life on stage - John Clark, from Archibald Prize 2004
Born in Shanghai in 1952, Hongbin Zhao studied Fine Art at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He migrated to Australia in 1988.
AGNSW prizes Hongbin Zhao Graeme McMahon, from Archibald Prize 1994
Born in Dalian in 1962, Qiang Zhang graduated from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. He migrated to Australia in 1990.
AGNSW prizes Qiang Zhang Here, from Archibald Prize 2014
Born in China in 1963, Tianli Zu moved to Australia in 1988. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and a Master of Fine Arts and a PhD from Sydney College of Fine Arts at the University of Sydney.
AGNSW prizes Tianli Zu 'Edmund, your Twomblys are behind you', from Archibald Prize 2015
AGNSW prizes Tianli Zu Tim and kelp, from Archibald Prize 2020