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                                                Qigu Jiang
Clarendon Hills, IL
Associate Professor, Art Institute of Chicago
Department of Painting and Drawing
Department of Art History Theory and Criticism

There is an ancient legend about a painter who painted a
perfect line.

Even though his picture had only one line, it was kept in a temple along
with the city’s other treasures. The painting with the single line probably
sat on a shelf along with gold and silver and sculpture masterpieces.
Eventually, the temple burned and the painting was destroyed,
but the legend remains for every painter to think about.

Qigu Jiang practices both Western and Chinese-style painting, and also works
in several styles that are in-between. He paints with an awareness of both
traditions; the perfect lines of historical Chinese bird and flower paintings and
Jin Dynasty white glazed pottery as well as twentieth-century artists Matisse,
Pollock and Miro.

Qigu Jiang was born in Shanghai. He obtained his B.A. in 1983 at
the Shanghai Normal University, and his M.A. in 1990 at the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently a faculty member of
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had numerous one-man
shows and group shows both in the USA and worldwide.
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