Z. S. Liang was born in China in 1953. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and furthered his art studies in the United States. He earned his bachelor’s degree of fine arts in painting at Massachusetts College of Arts in 1986 and his master’s degree of fine arts in painting at Boston University in 1989.
Liang experienced his first great inspiration in this country while studying and painting the Wampanoag Indian culture at the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He then began to primarily paint Native Americans and their traditional ways of life. During the ensuing years, he has made many connections and friends among Native tribes from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains.
Among the many awards Liang has received are the 2011 Masters of the American West Purchase Award and the 2009 David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award at the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West; the 2005 President’s Award for Excellence, Oil Painters of America; and the Best of Show Award and People’s Choice Award from the American Society of Portrait Artists in 1998.
Liang’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Autry Museum of the American West; Briscoe Western Art Museum; Harvard University; and the West Point Museum of the United States Military Academy. His work is represented by Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Giclée reproductions of his work are available through Greenwich Workshop.