Based in Singapore, Erwin (“Cherngzhi”) Lian travels the globe in search of the right moment, location, people; capturing them in watercolor and ink. Through plein air, commuter sketches, and paintings of his travels, Lian depicts diversity and evokes a sense of time and place. He has served as an artist in residency at Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, studied in America, and teaches in his home city-state. And you can find his creation, The Perfect Sketchbook, at the intersection of craftsmanship and art. Follow Erwin on Instagram at @cherngzhi.
•Master of Arts in Design Development, The Ohio State University, 2009
•Bachelors of Fine Arts in Media Studies, Columbus College of Art & Design, 2004
(Summa Cum Laude)
Grants and Awards :
•(2015) Associate lecturer teaching award, Ngee Ann Polytechnic- Singapore.
•(2013) Master Class Scholarship- New York Academy of Art, New York City
•(2008) Graduate Associateship at the Ohio State University- Columbus, Ohio.
•(2004) Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship- New York City.
•(2001-2004) President’s List- Columbus College of Art and Design - Columbus.
•(2003) The Chris Awards -honorable mention in student category - Columbus.
(2002-2003) W. K. Kellogg Foundation Award - New York City
•(2003) The Roger C. Perry Scholarship - Columbus, Ohio.
•(2003) Media Education Scheme Awards –Singapore’s Media Development Authority –Singapore
•(2001) Singapore Film Commission Film Bursary Award – Singapore
Artist in residency
Dec 2015 - Akiyoshidai International Art Village.