As a child, Bin Zhang had always taken an interest in art and began to draw and paint under the influence of his older sister, who later continued to become a professional artist as well. Eventually, he immigrated from China to the United States to receive an education in engineering and technology at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned his Ph.D. degree. Although his engineering educations lead him to a career as a research scientist , Bin’s strong passion for art has always persisted. Towards the beginning of 2002, Bin started to seriously pursue the path of a self-taught artist, following the classic teaching methods of traditional art academies.
Since then, Bin has encountered many blessings as a flourishing artist. As a current member of the New York Figure Study Guild, he credits its founder, Steve Carpenter, whose instructions in drawing and oil painting techniques have contributed to his own style. In addition, Mr. Mau-Kun Yim has played an important role in Bin’s art career, by introducing him methodic approaches in drawing and painting practices.
Although he takes interest in all different painting subjects, Bin particularly enjoys painting people. “The wonderful structures of the human figure, the intricate expressions found in the human face, and the individual personalities found within each soul are attributes that fascinate and lead me to admire God’s creation that much more.” he says “To me, expressing this adoration with light and shadow, line and mass, soft edge and hard edge, cool color and warm color is the most satisfying aspect of being a painter.
Although his painting style is more under the influence of nineteenth century realism impressionists such as John Singer Sargent and Ilya Repin, Bin also admires classic realism masters such as Velasquez, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Currently, Bin lives in Rochester, New York with his wife Jun and his two daughters Aggie and Joy.