Lampo Leong, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed painter, calligrapher, and multimedia artist who received his PhD in Art Theory and Practice from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, his MFA in painting with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts, and his BFA in ink painting from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Leong is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a former Art Department Chair. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Central China Normal University, and a Distinguished Researcher at the Guangzhou Painting Academy. He has also been named the Weiner Distinguished Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Leong has presented over 170 lectures across the US and Asia at institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Harbin Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, University of Macao, and Tainan National University of the Arts.
Leong has served as judge for more than 20 art exhibits, grants, and public art competitions, for example, the Best of America national juried exhibition, the 47th Annual Juried Exhibition by the Sumi-E Society of America, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council. Leong's work has been featured in international contemporary art auctions, art expos, and in museums and galleries worldwide through more than 60 solo and over 300 juried/curated group exhibitions, including The Art of Writing in Germany, the Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial, the 11th National Fine Arts Exhibition in China, Re-Ink: Contemporary Ink Painting 2000-2012 in Beijing, Nanjing International Art Festival, and Macao’s Proposed Artworks for the 54th Venice Biennale at the Museu de Arte de Macau. Leong has also received over 60 awards and extensive recognitions, including a Gold Medal at the Creative Quarterly international art competition in New York and Best of Show at the 42nd Annual Juried Exhibit by the Sumi-e Society of America. In addition, Leong has published several books of his paintings and calligraphy, more than 50 essays on the topics of formalism and art education, and currently completing a book of his theoretical research entitled The Visual Forces of Ω Curve.
Leong’s works can be found in more than 10 museum and hundreds of notable corporate and private collections, including the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Museu de Arte de Macau, the Guangdong Museum of Art, the Written Art Foundation in Germany, the Morrison & Foerster law firm, Cathay Bank in California, The Westin Surabaya in Indonesia, and The Tokyo Westin in Japan, as well as public art projects for the Columbia City Hall and a 26-foot-diameter granite inset calligraphic medallion for a San Francisco city park. Additionally, Leong has collaborated with dancers and composers on video animations and multimedia performances, which have premiered in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Skaneateles Festival in NY, and Musicacoustica-Beijing.
Leong’s art and achievements have been documented in hundreds of reviews, publications and citations in newspapers, magazines, art books, websites, and on television internationally, including the front cover of New Art International in New York and the Creative Genius: 100 Contemporary Artists in London. Leong is a recipient of the Faculty-Alumni Award by the University of Missouri-Columbia and in 1999, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed November 19th to be Lampo Leong Day.
Chair, Department of Art
Associate Professor of Art, Painting & Drawing
University of Missouri-Columbia
Dept. of Art, A129 Fine Arts, Columbia, MO 65211-6090
Leong Website: http://www.LampoLeong.com
Art Dept Website: http://art.missouri.edu
University Website: http://web.missouri.edu