Artistic Excellence 2015 | Second Place: Zimou Tan


Zimou Tan, Grandma, oil, 16 x 20.

Zimou Tan, Grandma, oil, 16 x 20.

What inspired your winning entry? The inspiration came from my grandmother. She passed away at the age of 97, and GRANDMA was a piece to commemorate and honor her.

How would you describe your style? My style combines impressionism, realism, and hyperrealism.

What artists, living or deceased, have influenced your work? The artists who have influenced me are Ilya Repin, John Singer Sargent, Antonio Mancini, Nicolai Fechin, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Huihan Liu, Zhaoming Wu, and many others.

What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have received is, “Paint with your passion, be true to yourself.”

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? If I weren’t an artist, I would be lost.

What is one thing you will never paint? Anything besides the truth.

What’s the most meaningful recognition you’ve received for your artwork? When collectors, viewers, or people who have commissioned a work say, “You captured the soul of the person you have painted.”

When you are not painting, what do you enjoy doing? I enjoy drawing and listening to music.

What galleries represent your work? Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.


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