Chen Danqing is a Chinese artist whose series of paintings about Tibetans earned him instant fame as a leading Realist in the 1980s. Born in 1953, Chen lives and works in Shanghai.
Between 1970 and 1978 Chen went to live in a series of rural villages like Gan Nan and North Jiangsu. He taught himself how to paint and in 1978 was admitted to a research course in the Department of Oil Painting at Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1980 he graduated and stayed on to teach, before traveling to New York in 1982. He returned to Beijing in 2000, where he teaches and writes in addition to painting.
In addition to painting, Chen is an essay writer, teacher and scholar. He taught at Beijing's Tsinghua University until 2004, at which time he resigned his position due to his disagreement with non-arts-related prerequisites to graduation from the arts programs, including English language exams.