Zhao Haitien

Born in Shanghai in the forties Hai Tien is one of the few Chinese artists of her generation who was able to study contemporary art overseas before China opened to the world in 1979.

Arriving in Hong Kong in 1961, she attended the New Asia College (now the Chinese University), studying under such distinguished masters as Mr CC Wang, My Ying Yee-Yung and Professor Chan Tze-Mun.

In 1964, she moved to New York, the centre of western modern art, and attended the School of Visual Art.

In 1965, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Cooper Union in New York where she was the only Chinese art student. Graduated a Bachelor of Fine Art from Cooper Union in 1969.

Hai Tien has never stopped painting. Since the 1970’s she has had 16 solo exhibitions including a major one-woman show of contemporary works at the Shanghai Art Museum in 1996 which had a profound impact and influence on the conservative art scene in China at that time. She has also participated in numerous group shows in Hong Kong and overseas.

Since the 1980’s she has embarked on a personal study of Taoism and Buddhism - subjects that have fascinated her since her college days – as well as the traditional knowledge of “Pa Qi”, the universal elements and their impact on man. These have provided the roots of her creative force and much support on her long art journey.

In the last ten years, Hai Tien’s works have been applied to a number of public art projects. These include a 20-metre long mosaic mural, “The Recreation of Being”, for the Hong Kong MTR Fortress Hill interchange station in 2002. Abstract public art on such a scale is rare in Hong Kong.

Hai Tien’s works have been acquired by museums, galleries, and private and corporate collectors around the world.