LAMPO LEONG BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY

Lampo Leong, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed painter, calligrapher, and multimedia artist who received his BFA in brush painting from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, his MFA in painting with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and his Ph.D. in Art Theory and Practice from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.  Leong is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a former Art Department Chair.  He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Central China Normal University, an Honorary Master Artist at the Guangzhou Painting Academy, and has been named the Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He has influenced thousands of students through more than 155 lectures across the United States and Asia at institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis, Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Harbin Institute of Technology, the National Taiwan Normal University, and Tainan National University of the Arts.

Professor Leong has served as juror for more than 30 art competitions, including public art projects, grants, and exhibitions for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council, the Best of America national juried exhibition, and the 47th Annual International Juried Exhibition by the Sumi-E Society of America.  Professor Leong's own work has been featured in museums and galleries worldwide through over 60 solo and 360 juried/curated group exhibitions, and has received over 55 awards and extensive international recognition, including a Gold Medal at the Creative Quarterly international fine arts competition in New York, a Gold Medal at the XV Exposicao Coltctiva dos Artistas de Macau, Best of Show at the 42nd Annual International Juried Exhibition by the Sumi-e Society of America, and Diploma of Excellence in Medial 1.Art Biennial at the Art Addiction Medial Museum in London.  Additionally, he has published more than 50 essays on the topics of formalism and art education, and is currently writing a book entitled The Visual Forces of  Curve. 

Included in over 90 biographical references, Professor Leong is cited in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in the World, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, One Thousand Great Intellectuals, The International Who's Who, Lexicon of Notable Chinese, The World Famous Chinese Artists Almanac,the International Contemporary Masters (Vol. III), and the front covers for New Art International in New York and the Creative Genius: 100 Contemporary Artists in London.  His art and teaching achievements have been featured in more than 950 reviews and publications in newspapers, magazines, art books, websites, and on television internationally, including a PBS documentary.  Leong has been recognized in the US Congressional Record, and, in 1999, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed November 19th to be Lampo Leong Day.  In 2007, Leong was a recipient of the Faculty-Alumni Award by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Sought after by collectors internationally, Leong’s works are found among sixteen museums and hundreds of corporate and private collections such as The Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museu de Arte de Macau, Guangdong Museum of Art, The Written Art Foundation in Germany, Walt Disney World in Florida, Cathay Bank in Los Angeles, The Westin Surabaya in Indonesia, The Tokyo Westin in Japan, and the Columbia City Hall.  Commissioned by the City of San Francisco, Leong's 26-foot-diameter granite inset calligraphic medallion is selected as public art and installed permanently in a San Francisco city park.  Additionally, Leong has collaborated with dancers and composers such as Yi Chen, Lily Cai, Gang Situ and Thomas McKenney on multimedia dance performances and video animations, which have premiered in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, the St. Louis International Film Festival, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and Macao’s Proposed Artworks for the 54th Venice Biennale at the Museu de Arte de Macau.

Influenced by the ancient wild cursive Chinese calligraphy, Leong’s work is expressive, energetic, and compelling.  In his latest series, Contemplation • Forces, Leong has created a postmodern visual language that incorporates the rhythm and strokes of wild cursive Chinese calligraphy with images from outer space and the microcosmic world.  Departing from its literal meaning and set against meditative hues or fiery colors, calligraphy is shattered and layered to generate depth and dynamic tension.  Energies shift and explode to create serenity in an electric manner.  Light emanates from darkness, symbolizing spiritual rebirth.  Leong’s work celebrates the dynamic energies that give birth to new life, new planets, and new stars.