Shulin Sun working in his studio


Shulin Sun (b. 1952) grew up in Beijing, China shortly following the Communist Revolution. Growing up during this tumultuous period lead to a passion for the strength and resiliency of life and its ability to thrive even under extreme conditions. He began his career in the early 1980’s specializing in Chinese painting (ink and color on paper). With strong influence from his teacher and master of modern Chinese fine art, Mr. Li Keran, Shulin experimented with new styles combining traditional Chinese painting techniques with elements from contemporary American and European art.  For over 30 years, Shulin has refined his unique and distinctive style to passionately convey the strength and resiliency of nature. 


Between 1987 and 1996, Shulin’s works were exhibited and published in Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the US. During this time his work was highly respected and recognized winning multiple awards in art competitions throughout Asia. In 1996 his achievements facilitated emigration to the United States.





I believe that art should come from nature and elevate from it. For millions of years, life has survived in extreme weather and conditions. Inspiration is taken from this unrelenting determination and communicated through organic lines and color. My work is aesthetically pleasing, providing the viewer infinite opportunities to imagine and explore.  Inspired by nature, no two pieces are the same, but all convey the intense feelings.  The medium I used, Chinese painting colors, acrylic and ink on paper, dramatically conveys energetic shapes, exaggerated gestures and the free flowing lines which reflect the energy and life in nature. Strong contrasts created by this combination project a sense of grandeur, stability and depth. 





2017 - Shulin Sun: Ice 6, Traditional to Modern, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, September 15 - November 5, 2017.


2017 - Shulin Sun: Leaves 11, Biennial Juried Exhibition, Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT, August 3 - September 2, 2017.


2017 - Shulin Sun: Ice 7, Contemporary Abstraction, Core New Art Space, Denver CO, July 13 - 30, 2017.


2017 - Solo exhibition at Evanston Art Center,  Evanston IL, May 3 - May 29, 2017.


2016 - Solo exhibition at Q Street Fine Art,  Washington, DC, September 2 - October 3, 2016.


2016 - Shulin Sun: Ice 2, A Touch of the Blues, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, February 3 - 27, 2016.


2016 - Shulin Sun: Leaves 24, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, January 16 - March 13, 2016.


2015 - Shulin Sun: Selected Works, Gallery 117, Ann Arbor, MI, December 4, 2015 - January 4, 2016.


2015 - Shulin Sun: Winter 2, 2015 Biennial Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, December 3, 2015 - January 11, 2016.


2015 - Shulin Sun: Leaves 8, Elements of Abstraction Exhibition, St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, MO, November 20, 2015 - January 2, 2016.


2015 - Shulin Sun: Winter 19, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, November 6 - December 27, 2015.


2012-2013 - Shulin Sun: Works 2010-2011, Galleries Maurice Sternberg, Chicago, IL. 


2007 - Shulin Sun: Du Fu Thatched Cottage, "Zhong Hua Qing" Chinese Fine Art and Calligraphy Exhibition, October 2007.


2004-2006 - Director of evaluation committee in the US Asian Youth Art Competition.


2002 - Organized the Michigan Asian Youth Art Competition and became director of evaluation committee.


1996 - Solo exhibition, International Decor Gallery, Houston, Texas, October 1996.


1996 - Shulin Sun: The Spring of Jiangnan, First prize winner in "96 International Fine Arts Competition", South Korea, June 1996 .


1995 - Shulin Sun: Spring Breeze on the Shore of Jiangnan, Fine Art Association of Taiwan, Taiwan, October 1995.


1995 - Shulin Sun: The Boat Dwellers,  Collected by Japanese private art museum, October 1995.


1995 - Shulin Sun: The Iron Landscape, Third prize winner of "Junlong 95" Chinese caligraphy and painting competition, December 1995.


1994 - Participated in " Wan Li Jiang Shan Qing" Chinese calligraphy and painting exhibition, Ban Li Art Gallery, Singapore.


1994 - Shulin Sun: The Spirits of the Three Gorges, First prize winner In "Yao Hua Bei" calligraphy and painting competition co-conducted by Chinese Artists Association, Chinese Calligraphers Association and Chinese Three Gorges Publishing House, January 1994.


1993 - Participated in " The Chinese Outstanding Authors Art Works Show " Sapporo, Japan, May 1993.


1987 - Solo exhibition in University of Tübingen, West Germany, October 5-November 6, 1987.​