WEI TAI arrived in America in 1991. Since that
time, he has successfully found his rightful place among the leading Chinese artists of his generation.
was born in a rural village south of Shanghai,China.His father was a reverend sculptor in their homeland and taught his son
both sculpting and painting techniques.WEI TAI went on to graduate from the Shanghai Fine Art Institute. He was also an assistant
professor of Art and Fashion design in Shanghai College.The artist served as the Chief Designer for the China Silk Corporation
for seven years.This allowed him to travel to Western European countries and become exposed to different cultures.These travels
gave birth to his longing for new expressions in art.
WEI TAI immigrated to America as an " Extraordinary citizen" and settled in Phoenix,Arizona where his sister, an
Acclaimed concert violist was living. His new art journey began. The colorful Southwest and its rich history gave him
endless inspiration. He is captivated by landscapes,cowboys, America Indians and horses, and by America Southwest history.
WEI TAI spent eighteen years developing his style of East Meets West impressionism. Creating a brand new look in Southwest
Painting. He is always know would as a painter, but also a Southwest painter as well. His favorite Artists: Sargent, Sorolla,
Cezanne, Charles Russell, Blumenschein and Terpning.
WEI TAI's respect for the history of China also came
from several visits to the massive limestone statues of the Buddha at Lung-Men(Dragon Gate)and to Dun-Huang,the famous trade
route in the remote northwestern corner of China.It was at Dun-Huang that Buddhist pilgrims entered China from India.WEI TAI's
painting of Dun-Huang are fluid,expressionistic depictions of the colorful tales of Buddha painted on wall frescoes in "The
Caves of Buddha."In the artists own words,"I was searching and learning from the ancients,and the murals are a treasure
warehouse of art."
During his stay in America,WEI TAI's Eastern subject matter and techniques have been influenced
by European and American art traditions,resulting in an exquisite mixture and marriage of both,including Western subjects
and Eastern style.He is multi-talented working in Oil on canvas as well as copper using a unique technique he developed. In
addition he works in Acrylic, watercolor and Chinese brush painting.with equal expertise while allowing each of these mediums
to influence each other constantly.WEI TAI's silk painting are breathtaking.His sculptures and bias reliefs also reflect
the marriage of two art traditions.In WEI TAI's own words"The inspiration for art can be found everywhere."WEI TAI's
passion be seen in all his works.
WEI TAI is member of The Pportrait Society of America, Member of Western Artist
of America and Member of Oil Painters of America. His paintings and sculptures are currently held in many prestigious
private and public collections.The artist has had one-man shows and group exhibitions in Shanghai,Tokyo,Milan,Cologne,Amsterdam,The
Russell C.M. Museum, Phippen Museum,Arizona Fine Art EXPO,Sonya Smith Gallery,PaulScott Gallery,Scottsdale AZ.Parkside gallery
Carmel(California).West Valley Art Museum(Sun City). Cavefree fine art festival.The Lakes Art Center. Long grove studio Chicago.The
park place gallery in Kansas. the mountain oyster club auction in Tucson. the Silver Heron gallery in Oregon ,The
C.M.Russell Art Auction. the mountain trails gallery in sedona. Vail fine Art Gallery in Colorado and phippen museum in prescott
WEI TAI has won countless awards: 2006 International Portrait Competition Exceptional Merit Award,an
international competition, for his "Still & Floral" Second Prize,a certificate of recognition from
the Portrait Society of America,Two more honorable mentions in The Artist Magazine,The Best of Scottsdale 2005, Featured in
Artbook of New West(06/07) and in book"100 ways to paint still life And Floral" published by International
Artist. Also,a certificate of Excellence from the International portrait Competition 2007, and 1st place from 33rd,36th and
2nd place from 34th,35th, 36th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show. Charles M. Russell Art Auction 2008, 2009, 2010. Oil
painters of America 2008, national Juries exhibition in Dana Gallery in Missoula, Montana and OPA Western Regional Show
in Coeur D'Alene ID 2009 and 3rd place drawing from Portrait Society of America member only competition 2009; Mountain
oyster Club annual sale 2009,2010,2011,2012;The Russell 2011 C.M.Russell museum auction and 1st place in phippen museum
western show in 2012 and Feature Article " How to do ink wash painting" published in International Artist magzine
on issue #89 February/March 2013.