Liping Zheng: Portrait of an ADB economist as painter
Chinese traditional art recently hit the walls of Artist Space Gallery at Ayala Museum.
I visited the exhibit opening and was able to meet the brilliant artist who also happens to be a prominent economist for the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Liping Zheng is an artist from China who is popular around the world for his use of traditional Chinese techniques.
Most of Zheng's paintings are housed in prestigious universities and institutions such as the National Art Museum of China, the China National Academy of Painting and Harvard University.
"I think art is a medium for communication, sharing and exchange of culture. I share the Chinese culture thru my classical style and get my inspiration from my environment and nature," said Zheng.
Zheng's paintings evidently show intimate expressions of Mother Nature. His use of brushes and inks are common to classical Chinese art.
Zheng happens to also be a respected developmental economist. He was also a government official in China. Being an economist myself, I enjoyed chatting with him about his positive view of the Philippines.
According to Zheng, the Philippines has also become a place of inspiration for his art.
"I've been here for 5 years with ADB. I see that the Filipino is very good and passionate in the arts. The Philippine economy is booming. I've been inspired to create these works while staying here," said Zheng.
VIPs, family and friends who attended the "A Passionate World" exhibit opening showed appreciation and admiration for Li.
"Spring Under my Brush", "A Branch of Spring", "Dancing in Breeze", "Summer Cool" are among the works that I enjoyed the most.
Globalization and art in the Philippines
I was also able to chat with Zhongjing Wang, who is executive director of Asian Development Bank.
"The Philippines is becoming a global country. These Art exhibits show the world how open the country is to support the global movement such as the ASEAN," he said.
Wang also believes that art appreciation is directly related to development.
"I think art is also part of development. As quality of life increases, people become more aware and appreciative of art and culture," he added.
Check out Zheng's art, visit http://www.zhengliping.com.
Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Complex, Makati City, MM, Philippines.
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