About Yong Chen
Yong Chen grew up in southern China. He was four years old when he met an artist who was a friend of his father’s. From that moment, he was painting and drawing every day, and once a week, the artist would give him projects to improve his ability.
When he was 19 and a student in university, he decided to start an art community for his school. Anyone could join, and members supported and encouraged everyone in their wish to become better artists. This community still exists.
In 1989, Yong immigrated to the US. His sister and his parents were already here and it was his chance for a fresh start. But it was not easy. He didn’t speak English. His degree from China meant nothing, and the first job he found was lifting and stacking boxes in a grocery store. Every day he would ask himself, “why am I here.”
Many people along the way told him not to give up. They helped him to fulfill his passion for art and his desire for a community of artists like the one he built in China.
With encouragement, he learned English, studied graphic design and illustration, became a published author and illustrator, and started teaching art classes at several colleges in Boston. In the classroom, he was teaching art techniques and also sharing his conviction that people can connect with their passion and their dreams through focus and hard work.
Yong’s dream has taken different forms over the years and now it is about a learning center and a supportive and encouraging community of artists from around the world. He created EnjoyingArt.com.
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
2016 - Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Everything Under the Sun
2016 - The Gallery at 100 Market
2015 - Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Of Beauties and Beasts - Children’s Book Illustrators
2015 - The Gallery at 100 Market, Portsmouth, NH
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
Stories in Pictures: Yong Chen’s Original Illustrations from his Recent Picture Books
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 With Yong's Watercolor Paintings:
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
Children's magazine "AppleSeeds" - Mountain Zones
我出生于中国广东省台山市南部的一个大村镇 — 汶村，那里既是侨乡，又是鱼米之乡；那里有悠久的艺术传统和浓厚的艺术氛围，是育才的好地方。
近年来我在哈特福德大学继续深造美术和插图，并于二零零九年获得艺术硕士 (Master of Fine Arts) 学位。现在我是美国波士顿一所社区学院的终身美术教授。