Based in Hong Kong, Erwin (“Cherngzhi”) 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 Hong Kong. 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.