In Zi Ling's early years she mainly focused on etching, in which she was fascinated with mark making of abstract figures. Now Zi Ling is on her way of communication through portrait painting, especially using watercolour as medium. The relationship between brush, colour and paper excites her.
Zi Ling observes real-life people and also finds emotional moments from photographic images as inspiration. With watercolour, she trusts her intuition before making any marks. She thinks each portrait is a result of whatever truth one feels at the very beginning. Colour is important to her because for her it represents different personalities and realities.
Zi Ling has been trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Chelsea College of Arts and Central Academy of Fine Arts China.
2015 - The Rosemary & Co. Prize
2016 - The Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2016, Mall Galleries, London
2016 - Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2016 - The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2015 - Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London & UK Tour
2015 - Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries, London
2015 - Society of Women Artists 154th Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2011 - National Etching Competition Finalists Exhibition, The National Art Museum of China
2010 - Asia Art Expo - Watercolour Selection, China World Trade Centre
2010 - 60 Years on Paiting, Central Academy of Arts, China
Central Academy of Fine Arts 60 Years of Drawing 1949 - 2009
The Undergraduate Students Works Selection of Central Academy of Arts II
The Works Selections of Fine Arts School Attached To The Central Academy of Fine Arts No. 1
People's Daily newspaper.