Jia Lu Biography


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ia Lu is one of America’s best?known figurative painters from China. She was born
in Beijing to a family of artists, the daughter of Lu Enyi, famous for his paintings of
historical and military subjects.
Jia Lu entered the China Central Academy of Art and Design in 1980 as a student of the
master ink painter Fan Zeng and moved to Canada in 1983 to continue her studies at
the Toronto School of Art and York University.
Having spent over 30 years working in the West, Jia Lu has chosen an individual style
that reflects her reading of Buddhist and Christian traditions. Her goal is to assimilate
tradition into a contemporary sensibility and uncover sympathetic currents running
through distinct cultures.
Jia Lu’s work resonates with Eastern philosophical and Western religious concepts,
blended with her own deep sense of humanism and personal imagery. Though best
known for her realistic oil paintings, in recent years she has explored a wider variety of
media and new forms of personal expression.

1983-2018 Over 200 solo and group shows in Canada, United States, Japan, China and France.
1983-1986 Continuing Studies at Toronto School of Art
1986-1989 Graduate Studies at York University
1989 Instructor at Lambton College, Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum
1990 Researcher and Chief Designer at the Tang Culture Research Institute, Tokyo
1999 Represented Chinese oil painters at China Week 99, UNESCO Paris
2000 First Chinese woman artist to solo exhibit at United Nations Headquarters, New York
2000 Became honorary citizen of San Diego
2003 Listed in the Overseas Chinese Who’s Who
2003 Her work “Flame” recreated as a monumental sculpture, installed at the entrance of Guam International Airport
2006 Spent four years creating “Transcendance”, a musical designed for Las Vegas
2008-2010 Artistic Director, Shanghai Corporate Pavilion at 2010 Shanghai World Expo
2011Selected by China’s Global Times as one of the five most influential Chinese artists working in the international market