Zimou Tan

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Zimou Tan

ARC Associate Living Master TM

American 21st Century Realist

Born in Canton, China



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Zimou Tan was born and raised in Canton, China and apprenticed to Chinese Master Artist Le, YiFeng at age 12. At age 14 he immigrated to America with his family. Mr. Tan graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco in 2000.  There he earned degrees in both Traditional Illustration and Fine Arts. 

Zimou Tan was named “Chinese Master Artist” in December of 2007 by the Chinese government's Art and Culture department and in 2009 was selected as one of "The 50 Artists Who Impacted China". 

In 2006 Mr. Tan won Best of Show at the Morro Bay Art Association Group Exhibit.

In 2005, he was the Gold Medal Winner at the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 74th Annual Exhibit and in 2003, Tan won the Northern California Gold Metal portrait painting competition.

Tan has exhibited with the California Art Club’s gold Medal and Group Exhibits. 

His paintings have been presented in the New York Portrait Society Gallery in New York City, American Artists Professional League- 73rd Grand National Exhibition in New York City, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, the Asia Society of Arts of America, San Francisco, CA and the 20th Annual Marin Open Studio as main feature artist at Corte Madera, CA.

Tan is a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, and the American Society of Portrait Artists. Zimou’s work has been featured in International Artist Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, The Artist Magazine, Stroke of Genius, and as a front page story for Marin Independent Journal. He has been selected as a "Chinese Master Artist" and "The 50 Artists Who Impacted China".

He has also been selected as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's 2014, 2015, and 2016 Salon Competitions, and as a finalist in the First World Watercolor Competition in 2014.  He has been awarded the Collection Beaux-Arts Réaliste's First prise in 2014 and was the grand prize winner for International Artist Magazine Portrait and Figure Challenge of 2015.


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