Nicolas F. Shi

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Nicolas F. Shi is an artist in Washington, D.C. He is best known for paintings that create an illusion of depth through contour lines like those on a topographic map, with the space between adjacent ones of the contour lines being filled by a single color.

A long-time Washington, DC resident, Shi was born in El Salvador to Chinese parents. In 1980, he left his war-torn country and came to the United States to attend college, receiving a master's degree in architectural engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1986. He practiced architecture and engineering for more than ten years before dedicating himself to painting. His work is influenced by his Latin American upbringing, his Chinese heritage, and his formal education in the United States. He mixes the bright colors of Central America with the harmony and simplicity of traditional Chinese painting and the boldness found in contemporary American art.[1]

He has received several awards in the United States and El Salvador.[2][3] His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the U.S., as well as in El Salvador at the Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzmán,[4][5] and in Spain, and has been featured on a postage stamp of El Salvador.



  1. ^ "Nicholas Shi". U.S. Department of State - Art in Embassies. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  2. ^ Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de El Salvador. "Nicolas Shi". ISSUU. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  3. ^ "Pintor Salvadoreño Nicolás Fredy Shi". LEON JODIDO 76. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  4. ^ Pineda, Grego (2010-06-14). "Nicolas Shi: El color de una vida". - Más de un Siglo de Credibilidad. San Salvador. El Salvador C.A. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  5. ^ "Pintor Salvadoreño Nicolás F. Shi". Libros y Letras, Revista Cultural de Columbia y America Latina- Noticias Culturales: Literatura y artes (5.612). 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  6. ^ "Nicolas Shi". ArtSlant. 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  7. ^ "Nicolas F. Shi". Artomatic 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  8. ^ "Visions of Dignity". Biggs Museum. 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  9. ^ "Nicolás F. Shi - Gallery photo". El Tiempo Latino - Noticias de Washington DC. 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  10. ^ "Exhibición de arte Iberoamericano en el mes de la Hispanidad". Embajada de Honduras en Washington D.C. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2014-02-03.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Nicholas Shi. U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies, United States Department of State". Retrieved on 2014-02-02.

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