Steele Xiang

Born in Beijing, China, Steele Xiang demonstrated an exceptional artistic talent.   He was admitted to the esteemed Beijing Children's Place Art School at third grade.  His art studies continued, even though in 1966 at the age of nineteen, the Cultural Revolution broke out in China.  This was a turbulent time, but Steele managed to continue his studies and practice by painting Chairman Mao's portraits and producing propaganda paintings for government and public exhibitions.

In 1973, Steele Xiang was honored by the city of Shanghai with a teaching position at Shanghai Normal University, where he became a full professor in 1982.  He continued to gain recognition in China in the 1980's.  Then in 1986 he moved to Shanghai University to become a professor at their College of Fine Art School.  Later on that year, his oil paintings were chosen to be part of an exhibition held in Royal Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark, and later another exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.

Steele Xiang immigrated to the United States in 1988 to advance his art career.  He studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco until 1990.  Soon after, he began to exhibit his unique style of painting in major San Francisco galleries.  His style, which he developed in the late 80's, was a mixture of influence from western and oriental art, and aided by inspiration he gained from years of travel in and around China.

Steele diligently works to infuse his paintings with the rich past of life experience, the inspirations sparked from travels and the incompatible skill gained from years of training.  Some of his paintings evoke a sense of time and place, taking the viewer to locales and people often only read about and imagined.  Others reproduce the serenity one feels watching as ripples on a water surface shimmer and recede, capturing with permanence the fleeting moments we all know.  Steele produces his work at all times with the craftsmanship that would be expected from the master painter that he is.
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"St. Tropez Alley In Spring"
22" x 16" Oil/Linen
$ 5,200.

"Flying Through Clouds"
14" x 20" Oil
$ 3,600.

"Dawn Lake Canal"
18" x 24" Oil
$ 5,200.

"Misty Corner, Water Canal"
24" x 26" Oil
$ 6,400.

"Spring Rain"
36" x 24" Oil
$ 8,200.

"Morning Light, China Water Canal"
28" x 36" Oil
$ 9,200.

"Flying Cranes In Morning Scene"
14" x 20" Oil
$ 3,800.

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