Bio Steele Xiang
Steele Xiang was born in Beijing, China. Demonstrated an exceptional artistic talent at early age, he won the silver prize in Beijing Children’s Drawing Competition at 6, and then he was admitted to the much-esteemed Beijing Children’s Place Art School at third grade.
At the age of fifteen Steele was accepted into the exclusive nine-year program of the Central Institute of Fine Art in Beijing, the best art school in China, competing with thousands of applicants for one of the few positions available each year,
In 1966, at the age of nineteen, the culture revolution broke out in China. This was a turbulent time, but Steele managed to continue his study and practice by painting Chairman Mao’s portraits and producing propaganda paintings for government and public exhibitions.
In 1973, Steele Xiang was honored by the city of Shanghai with a teaching position at Shanghai Normal University, where he became a full professor in 1982.
Steele continued to gain recognition in China in the 1980’s. His oil painting entitled “Elapse” was featured in a documentary film showed in theatres and on TV nationally, it was also published by the leading art and literature magazine “Sprout”. Appreciation and enthusiasm for his work remained high as he exhibited regularly while continuing his teaching. In 1982 he also was awarded the position of fine art director and editor of the fine art division for the Shanghai Pictorial Publishing House.
In 1986 he moved to Shanghai University to become a professor at their College of Fine Art School. Later on that year, his oil paintings were chosen to be part of an exhibition held in Royal gallery in Copenhagen. Denmark. In 1987, his paintings were selected for another exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.
Steele Xiang immigrated to the United States in 1988 to advance his art career. He studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco until 1990. In 1989, almost immediately upon establishing himself in San Francisco, he started to exhibit his unique style of paintings in Forster Collection of Fine Art Gallery on Union Square and Sausalito, This style, which he developed in late 80’s, was a mixture of influence from western and oriental art, and aided by inspiration he gained from years of travel in and around China.
Austin Galleries exhibited his works in Chicago and Laguna Beach, California. In 1991, Steele Xiang was honored with a one-man show held at Axis Gallery in San Francisco. Later on the same year, he exhibited his works at Art for the 90’s Gallery in Los Angeles. In 1992 he had another one-man show at the Michael Dougherty Gallery in San Francisco.
Since 1992 Steele Xiang has exhibited his fine paintings at the Cave Art Center in Taipei, a leading art gallery in Taiwan. In 1993 the Cave Art Center honored him with a one-man show for his new paintings.
Beginning in 1994, Steele Xiang returned to western realistic style painting in oil, concentrating mainly on landscape and figurative painting, also working intermittently on still life. He produced a series of California golden hills landscapes, sea harbor and boat landscapes, China water canal landscapes and Tibetan figurative paintings, all of which have become quite popular with art collectors. Since 1995, Steele has been represented by such fine galleries; the New Masters Gallery in Carmel CA, the Richard & Robison Fine Art in Charleston, SC, the Morseburg Gallery in West Hollywood CA, the Water House Gallery in Santa Barbara CA, the Pogan Gallery in Lake Tahoe CA, the Aspen Mountain Gallery in Aspen CO, the Cottage Gallery in Carmel CA, and the Mamone Gallery in San Francisco CA. He had one-man show in 1997, 1999 and 2003; he also participated in many group shows in US, Japan and China. One of his oil paintings “Dance Class” won first place in the prestigious California Art Club 86th Golden Metal Show. His painting “Stone bridges” was selected by CFM International, a joint company between Snecma of France and General Electric of USA, the world’s largest producer of jet engines, to their 2015 international fine art calendar to represent China.
Steele diligently works to infuse his paintings with the rich past of life experience, the inspirations sparked from travels and the incompatible skill gained from years of training. Some of his paintings evoke a sense of time and place, taking the viewer to locales and people often only read about and imagined. Others reproduce the serenity one feels watching as ripples on a water surface shimmer and recede, capturing with permanence the fleeting moments we all know. Steele produces his work at all times with the craftsmanship that would be expected from the master painter that he is.75