California based plein air painter Calvin Liang was born in Canton, China, studied at the Shcnghai Academy of Fine Arts and went to work designing and creating sets for the Canton Opera Institute.
Liang moved to the U.S. and shifted his attention to animation, working for Walt Disney Studio and Nickelodeon. He became interested in painting the California countryside and gradually transitioned into landscape painting.
Whether painting the California hills and missions, traveling in the American West or in Europe in Florence and Venice, Liang brings his scenes to life with a crisp, economical notation, defining structures with geometric shapes, lost and found edges and muted earth tone palettes.
Many of his brush strokes can bee seen as discreet chunks of color with a physical presence, laid down with apparent abandon, but blending into a unified composition.