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張洪 巨川

artist , curator , founder , art historian

Arnold Chang is a Chinese American artist, curator, and art historian.


Chang was born in New York City. His father arranged for him to begin painting and calligraphy lessons with a local painter from Shanghai, Wang Jiyuan (王濟遠).


Majoring in East Asian Studies and Chinese language in college, Chang was able to spend time in Taiwan, where he studied traditional landscape painting under Guo Yanqiao (Kuo Yen-ch'iao 郭燕橋). After college, Chang went on to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied under art historian James Cahill.


He specializes in Chinese literati-style landscape paintings. Background and Early The youngest of three brothers, Chang says he knew he wanted to become a painter from the age of nine when he first saw paintings by the great twentieth-century Chinese painter Zhang Daqian. Chang was particularly fascinated by Chinese calligraphy and began to study Chinese language.

It was through Cahill that Chang met the eminent Chinese painter and art collector C.C. Wang (王己千). Chang followed Wang to New York, where he studied both painting and connoisseurship. In New York, Chang was hired by Sotheby’s to help with a Chinese art auction, and afterward was immediately hired to head a brand new Chinese painting department at the auction house.

Chang worked at Sotheby’s from 1978 to 1993, at the same time continuing to paint and study under C.C. Wang. After leaving Sotheby’s, Chang worked as Chinese painting specialist at Kaikodo in New York City from 1996 to 2006. This new job allowed him more time in the studio to focus on his own art.


  • He was the founder of the Chinese painting department at Sotheby's. When asked what he hopes to achieve in his art, Chang explained:.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Painting in The People's Republic of China, 1980. Contributor numerous articles to professional journals. Curator exhibition The Mountain Retreat, 1986.


Married Jillian Wang, February 14, 1976. 1 child, Christopher.

Gerard Chang

Sheila (Liu) Chang

Jillian Wang

Christopher Chang