May 11 - 12 , Site: 244
477 Fremont Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024
Jai Zhang grew up in an artistic family in shanghai. When he was in kindergarten, his grandfather and his uncle taught him how to draw and paint. From then on, he become fascinated with art. He has been studying Chinese painting and stone carving since he was 11 years old. Two years later he began to study western sketches and painting. He has studied under many great artists in shanghai.
In 2000 he moved to Ireland and continued to study art at the National of Art & Design Dublin for oil painting and sculpture. Jai’s area of interest is in landscape and portraits. He particularly enjoys working with oil paint and watercolor. In 2007 a suite of Irish writers’ portrait drawing was sold on auction, and 2009 his portrait for Irish actor Gabriel Byrne was accepted in Royal Hibernian Academy annual art exhibition. Many galleries carried his art work in Dublin. In 2018 a suite of portraits of all the former Taoiseach (Prime minister) was painted by Jai and was sold at Victor Mee Auction for ¢37000. It was both in Irish times and China daily news. His work is collected by many private collectors and government agencies.
His painting inspirations include Monet, Klimt and John Singer Sargent.
Watercolor is one of the mediums of choice for his creative expression. He’s excited about the smoothness and vibrancy of watercolor and its ability to catch the moment readily so that he can share with others.
After years of study, in 2014 after he moved back to shanghai and opened his own studio, teaching people who love art and interesting in painting. He provides various studio classes in drawing, water color, woodcut printing, oil painting, sculpture and ceramic.
Now he has moved to the bay area and continues to create more work of art.