Warren Chang was born in Monterey, California, in 1957 and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1981. After 20 years as an award-winning illustrator, he embarked on a career in fine art in 2000. He has been honored as a Signature Artist member of the California Art Club and a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America.
Chang's work has been recognized nationally and been profiled in many art publications, including the covers of American Artist and International Artist magazines, accompanying a series of eight articles on instructional painting that he authored. He has been an instructor of drawing and painting for fourteen years, including three years at the Pratt Institute in New York City and currently at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and he conducts painting workshops nationally.
Perhaps best-known for his genre scenes depicting the fieldworkers of Monterey County, Chang portrays the human condition in his paintings and often depicts the downtrodden and disenfranchised while at the same time celebrating the human spirit. Additional highly regarded paintings include his scenes from life, interior scenes of artists, models and students, landscapes and an engaging series of self-portraits.
His awards include “Best of Show” at the Salon International in 2003 in San Antonio, Texas; the Southwest Art Award of Excellence in 2008 and the Fine Art Connoisseur award for painting in 2009, both at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition, held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; and first place in RayMar Art’s Fine Art Competition in 2010.
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