About Yong Chen

Yong is a professor of art in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an accomplished author, illustrator and painter with paintings exhibited in multiple countries and found in private collections both here and abroad. Yong is the founder of EnjoyingArt, an artist community where he is teaching, coaching, and supporting members from across the US and around the world.

Yong earned his Master of Fine Arts in Illustration from the University of Hartford and has 30 years of teaching experience. He promotes relaxed art-making using a systematic, yet creative process. Yong is not only expert with watercolor, but also excellent with Chinese calligraphy, acrylic, gouache, oil, and digital art covering all subject matter. And Yong is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.

Yong’s passion for painting, storytelling and teaching started in his early childhood. He hopes to continue to grow a community that is filled with care and support for like-minded artists.

Exhibitions:

2020 - National Watercolor Society - 100th International Open Competition Exhibition

2019 - National Watercolor Society - Annual Member Exhibition

2016-17 - - solo show - Manchester City Hall Gallery - Nature, Children and Us

2016 - Montserrat College of Art Gallery - Inspired Views

2016 - Children’s Museum of New Hampshire - Everything Under the Sun

2016 - The Gallery at 100 Market - Open

2015 - Children’s Museum of New Hampshire - Of Beauties and Beasts - Children’s Book Illustrators

2015 - The Gallery at 100 Market, Portsmouth, NH - Figure Out

2014 - The Gallery at 100 Market, Portsmouth, NH - Guise, Garment & Textile

2012 - solo show - Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, RI - Carrying the Dreams

2010 - solo show - Gallery of Lyndon State College, VT - Yong Chen’s Original Illustrations

2009 - solo show - Nashua Image Gallery, NH - Story Time: The Original Arts from Yong Chen’s Latest Picture Books A Gift and Finding Joy

2009 - Logan International Airport (invitational group show), MA. The International Artists Group – The World Around Us

2009 - Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford, CT - MFA Illustration Thesis Show

2008 - solo show - Nashua Image Gallery, NH - Through The Eyes Of Yong Chen

2005 - solo show - Nashua Image Gallery, NH - Yong’s Watercolor Art

1996 - solo show - Rivier Art Gallery, NH - East to West: Yong’s Recent Oil and Watercolor Paintings

1995 - solo show - Bunker Hill Art Gallery, MA - Search and Connect: Yong’s Watercolor Paintings and Children’s Book Illustrations

1993 - solo show - Bunker Hill Art Gallery, MA - > Yong’s Watercolor Paintings

1988 - Taishan People’s Fine Art Museum, China - Portrait Painting Show (Juried, 1st prize)

1987 - Taishan People’s Fine Art Museum, China - Portrait Painting Show (Juried, 2nd prize)

1986 - solo show - Foshan Gallery, China - From City to Country: Yong’s Watercolor and Oil Paintings

1986 - Taishan People’s Fine Art Museum, China - Watercolor Painting Show (Juried, 2nd prize)

1983 - Foshan Gallery, China - Foshan Area Colleges Invitational Show – Color of Summer

1982 - Foshan Gallery, China - Foshan Area Colleges Invitational Show – Drawing and Paintings of Our Lives

1970 - Taishan People’s Fine Art Museum, China - Holidays (Juried, 3nd prize in children artists category)

Publications:

Children's picture book "The Shofar Must Go On" Written by Lina Schwarz, published by PJ Library, 2016

Children's picture book "A Gift " Written and Illustrated by Yong Chen, published by Boyds Mills Press, 2009

Children's picture book "Finding Joy " Written by Marion Coste, published by Boyds Mills Press, 2006

Children's chapter book "Swimming with Sharks" Written by Twig C. George, published by HarperCollins Publishers, 1999

Children's chapter book “Starfish Summer" Written by Ona Gritz-Gilbert, published by HarperCollins Publishers, 1998

Children's picture book "Miz Fannie Mae's Fine New Easter Hat" Written by Melissa Milich, published by Little, Brown and Company, 1997

Children's picture book "Maria's Loose Tooth" Written by Louis J. McNeil, published by Special Gift International, 1995

Children's magazine "Spider" - Get Off My Lap, Cat Written by Trinka Enell, 1998

Children's magazine "Spider" - The Mat and the Meal Written by Virginia Kroll, 1999

Children's magazine "Cricket" - Leaves of Summer Written by Patrice Brazell, 2000

Children's magazine "AppleSeeds" - Why the Kikuyu Love Mount Kenya 2001

Children's magazine "AppleSeeds" - Mountain Zones 2001