Serenity by Chen Yanning (陈衍宁). Oil on canvas. 2015.
Born in 1945 in Guangdong province, Chen Yanning attended the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and graduated in 1965. In the early years of his career, he served as a professional artist at the Guangdong Painting Institute, as well as a member of the Chinese Artists’ Association. In 1987, the then-mayer of Oklahoma City, Robert Hefner, invited Chen to come to the US for the opening of the Harkness House Exhibition, and Chen subsequently immigrated to the States, developing a career as a commissioned portrait painter.