|Born||January 16, 1971
Liaoning Province, China
|Known for||Art and Music|
|Awards||Paper Carving and Its Craftwork|
Zimei, (Chinese: 子媚; pinyin: Zǐmèi), is a Chinese artist. She has won many awards and is involved in many artistic activities. Rich content in her art work includes religious stories, landscapes, animals, folk architecture, and comprehensive pictures of Chinese traditional art and folk customs.
Zimei was born into a medical family, the third child in her family. Her grandfather was a famous doctor in Shenyang city of China in the 1930s, and her parents were doctors. Her family is also descended from a Xianghuang Banner aristocrat in Qing dynasty. Zimei grew up in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning. She attended Shenyang University in China, where she studied economics, and then College of Beijing, where she studied art image design.
Between 1999 and 2007 she lived in Beijing as an artist, and has had many solo exhibitions. She was also an executive manager in her early career.
Zimei was awarded the “Paper Carving and Its Craftwork” Chinese patent, which won a Gold Medal Award for best “Original Work” in the “International Asian Patent Exhibitions Fair” in 2002. Zimei received international acclaim for her art in the International Chinese Artists Society in 2007 the title “World Outstanding Chinese Artist”; her original work was also awarded a special golden trophy.
In 2007, she traveled to the United States to study art and music at the Sacramento City College. She introduced aspects of Chinese national art and culture to American people at her art exhibitions and public events in the United States.
Zimei is also a guzheng musician. She took lessons from the famous Chinese guzheng master Gao Liang when she was young. The guzheng is a plucked zither, and is one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments according to the documents written in the Qin dynasty (before 206 BC). It dates back 2500 years, and has always been a great part of Chinese culture. Its voice is distinctive, soft and mellifluous. Zimei’s performances such as “Fisherman's Serenade”, "The Autumn Moon Over the Han Palace", “The Elegant Moon”, “The Butterfly Lovers”, “Jasmine Flower”, and “Hometown Dreams” have impressed audiences. She performs masterpieces of Chinese music with not only her fingers but also her heart and graceful figure, mesmerizing the audience with her fingers that appear to prance.
Zimei has been established mainly as a Chinese national artist but is not limited to national artistic field in those genres. Her art is unique and modern. She has also published various articles such as “The Season of the Cherry Blossom”, “The Shiny Memory”, “My Mother” and “The Persons Search for One's Dream”, along with other articles in various Chinese newspapers.
- "刮刻纸画及制作工艺 (Patent No.: 99125189)". Baidu (in Chinese). Retrieved 2010-04-02.
- "Guzheng - Chinese Zither". Philmultic Management & Productions Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 2000. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
- Zimei (2007). The Coolness of the World. BOYA Publishing House. ISBN 978-988-98919-7-8. OCLC 225318104.