Ben’s ability to paint in oil and watercolour, impressionist or realist, with the same depth of quality and skill is remarkable. Where artists are often gifted or acclaimed in a singular particular medium or style, Ben has a range that includes landscapes, wildlife, nudes and still life, all rendered with equal skill and exquisite outcomes. Although Ben has recently been exploring a contemporary abstract realm he
continues to paint in his more traditional style.
Ben was born in Canton, China and studied art from the age of seven years old. After high school, he studied at the Canton Fine Art School. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1988 and became a NZ Citizen, living in Auckland for twenty years. He relocated to Queenstown in 2008 where he lives with his artist wife Mary Mai and their son. Since 1991, Ben has exhibited his art widely throughout New
Zealand. He has won numerous Art Awards including the Otago Regional Award, KG Frazer Award and the Gold Medal Award at the Royal Easter Show.As one of Five artists he represented New Zealand Art in the” World-wide Millennium Painting Competition” in London, England. He has featured in several articles in popular Australian art magazine and begun giving tutorials at the Mitchell School Of Arts ( Charles Sturt University) NSW in Australia. Ben has been giving tutorials in both water colours and oils throughtout NZ, and judged several art competition around NZ. The later exhibition “Surrounding Visions” was in the New Zealand The National Portrait Gallery, Wellington.