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Jiqun Chen


He was born in Shenyang in 1947, moved to Beijing in 1948.
He entered the High School Attached to the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1963 and graduated in 1967.
In November 1967, he went to Mandu Baolige, East Wuqi, Inner Mongolia to jump the queue and become a herdsman.

He returned to Beijing in 1980 and worked in the propaganda department of a Beijing bureau.
In 1982, he opened a private "garden studio" and became a professional painter. He traveled back and forth between sketching and holding exhibitions in pastoral areas.
In 1985 and 1986, he studied in Xu Beihong Studio of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
He joined the Beijing Artists Association in 1986.

In 1991, he visited the People's Republic of Mongolia.
From 1992 to 2019, Chen Jiqun went abroad to hold exhibitions and study Tours through Hong Kong to broaden his horizon. He has been to Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, France, Thailand, Russia, South Korea, Japan and Italy, and also wants to go to Germany, Netherlands, the United States, Taiwan.
In 1999, he participated in the "Echoing Steppe three-person exhibition".

In 2000, he founded the former grassland website and engaged in Steppe painting and Steppe ecological protection.
In 2015, he won the "Advanced Cultural Worker Award" of Mongolia.
So far, he has several websites and worked with environmental NGO's in charge of the Echoing Steppe special fund. Currently nomadic between painting and environmental protection.



Art Exhibition

1974 Inner Mongolia Art Exhibition
1984 Chinese National Art Museum went to Japan for art exhibition
1984 Beijing Art Exhibition
1985 Beijing Art Exhibition
1985 Central Academy of Fine Arts Xu Beihong studio exhibition
1986 Beijing Art Exhibition
1986 Central Academy of Fine Arts Xu Beihong studio exhibition

1987 Beijing International Art Garden Spring Festival oil painting exhibition
1988 Central Academy of Fine Arts Xu Beihong studio exhibition
1989 Teacher and student exhibition of Xu Beihong's studio in Toronto, Canada
1990 Singapore Xu Beihong studio teachers and students exhibition
1991 Xu Beihong's studio exhibition, Gao Ge Gallery, Wang Fu Hotel, Beijing
1992  he went to Penang, Malaysia to participate in Xu Beihong's studio group exhibition and held Chen Jiqun's oil painting exhibition
1992 Singapore Chen Jiqun oil painting exhibition

1993 Malaysian realist Trio Exhibition
1993 Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery Chen Jiqun oil painting exhibition
1993 Hong Kong Chen Jiqun oil painting exhibition
1995 Chen Jiqun exhibition in Penang, Malaysia
1996 Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts Affiliated High School "Three-One Art Exhibition"
1997 "Shao Jingkun, Chen Jiqun, Li Kai oil painting Exhibition", Penang, Malaysia
1998 Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts Affiliated High School "Three-One Art Exhibition"
1999 "Echoing Steppe Three Men Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing
2001 oil painting exhibition by Chen Jiqun in Penang, Malaysia
2003 Beijing Wenbo Dream Gallery "Into the grassland - Chen Jiqun, Jimba - Zamusu, Sai Hanna painting exhibition"
2019 Beijing Cultural Palace of Nationalities "Echoing Steppe Five People Art Exhibition"



1963 High School attached to the Academy of Fine Arts


Inner Mongolia


1991 Mongolia


1992 Malaysia


1992 Malaysia


1992 Malaysia

1992 Malaysia

1992 Malaysia

1992 Singapore


1992 Paris

1992 Paris

1993 Malaysia

1993 Malaysia

1993 Hong Kong

1997 Malaysia

1998 Inner Mongolia



1998 Inner Mongolia

1999 Beijing

2000 Inner Mongolia

2001 Malaysia


Beijing 2003

2003 Beijing

2003 Inner Mongolia

2005 Inner Mongolia


2008 Beijing

2008 Xilinhaote Bei Zi Temple

Este Ujumchin Banner 2009


Beijing Studio 2010

Classmates in 2013

2013 Beijing Studio


2015 Mongolia

2017 Beijing

2018 Mongolia

2019 Italy


2019 Italy

2019 Italy

2019 Echoing Steppe Art Show


Media reports:
Central Video Mongolian channel: Chen Jiqun nomadic between painting and environmental protection (September, 25 2020)

CCTV: Chen Jiqun: Why do nomads protect grasslands? (August 24, 2020) Chen Jiqun nomads between painting and environmental protection (May 18, 2020) Steppe painter Chen Jiqun talks about his 17-year struggle against desertification in Inner Mongolia(July 7, 2017 )


More media coverage



  Artworks Background






The Solitary Landscape of Chen Jiqun  

Dr. Zakaria Ali
Associate Professor, U.S.M.
Ph.D.( Harvard U. )


Chen Jiqun Mongolian Landscape resemble the open sea, with the horizon forever receding. Chen Jiqun treats such vastness as an integral component in his composition, adjusting it to suit his needs, either at eye-level, below or beneath it. The horse serves as a scale with which to measure the vast breathtaking grassland that is brutal in the winter and unforgiving in the summer. To capture these elemental qualities, Chen Jiqun intrudes only minimally. He places a peasant boy leaning on a pole while his horse takes a drink; a girl in her ethnic costume resting her arm on a fence; a stallion displaying her mane that resembles the curls of a lady's hair; a dirt path leading to an isolated farm; a stream winding across the treeless plains. Common things pretending to be nothing else, they emerge in a given vignette unobtrusively, as quiet as the breeze in spring.

The inhabitants exert their presence like a quail stepping out of the marsh The inhabitants exert their presence like a quail stepping out of the marsh, cautiously. They refrain from competing with the configurations of undulating mountains, the moist laden clouds, and the sky, the recurrent leitmotifs that evanescent quality, a poetic softness of localized tonal blending. In "Shepherd", for example, the horse is made to blend with the background, suggesting its spirit is spirit is one with that of nature, symbolized by the ubiquitous spread of whiteness. The characters are withdrawn into their own inner space, brooding, resigning. Like prairie peoples of other continents, they are tough, self-reliant, and solitary.

The harshness of prairie life is best exemplified by "Out of Mongolian Tent", "Young Mongolian", and "Camel" in which the unpredictability of the weather is hinted by the many-layered clothing and the ever faithful family dog, coded in their survival manial is reliance on domestic animals, rather than on man, a theme these works explore with such consummate skill.

(June 1, 2001)





Second Hometown - Inner Mongolia TV Station (August 1998, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of XiMeng Educated youth jumping the queue)



Painter devotes artistry to protecting environment in Inner Mongolia


Nomadic crusader(2012)




The Vatican City  2019


The Italian Republic.  Roma City Museum  2019

Paiting in Florence  2019


In 1998, I sketched in Mandubaolige, East  Ujumchin Banner:            



Paiting in Beijing  2019





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