“The essence of my artistic creation is the spirit of traditional Chinese literature, philosophy, and art.”
Miaomiao Cui is a painter, writer, teacher, photographer, member of the US-China Artists Association and the Chinese Writers Association of America. She has published many articles in newspapers and magazines in her life. Influenced by her mother, she has been fond of reading and writing since her childhood. She once worked as a newspaper reporter and a university lecturer, and won many national and provincial news awards. These years she shifts her focus onto painting, writing and teaching. Her writing works include novel, poem and prose. Her novel “Emerald-ink Manor” is in publication, and new novel “Water Cloud Jade” will be in publication soon.
Bai Juyi, a poet in the Tang Dynasty, wrote a famous poem, named "The Pipa Player", to express his thoughts about life. The Chinese cursive script in the background is from an excerpt from the Eastern Jin Dynasty calligrapher Wang Xizhi's Seventeen Texts.
Miaomiao Cui’s passion for art was genetically inherited from her great grandfather who was the last local governor in Fuxian, a seaside district in northeastern China. Painting was his favorite way to relax after a long day of political work. His huge paintings in the traditional style were gorgeously eye-catching. The passion for art was passed down to Miaomiao Cui’s grandma and then to her.
Tranquil Lantern Night 花瓷间之静夜提灯
Lotus flowers and red lanterns are symbols of good hopes for life and future.
Miaomiao was very addicted to paintings and super-sensitive to colors. Since her childhood she studied traditional Chinese paintings with a famous local artist. She was inspired to become an artist by the famous Chinese female artist, Yu-liang Pan by watching her TV show.
Among the Flowers and Porcelains 花瓷间 is a series of 15 paintings expressing how elegant ancient Chinese ladies spend quiet nights under the moon.
From 2016 to 2018, she moved with her Army Officer husband who was assigned in Seoul, South Korea. There she learned Korean painting techniques.
Imagism originated in the United States and Britain during the early 20th century. Imagist poetry and painting are closely related by the short and concise vivid artistic images which express a theme. Miaomiao Cui's art not only embodies the language of poetic beauty but also reveals her emotions behind her images. Her art is also impacted by oriental expressionistic aesthetics which blend representative Chinese cultural elements. Her art thus combines imagism and expressionism to express tangible physical images with intangible spiritual connotation.
In 2018 she returned to the U.S. with an enlightened spirit of both Eastern and Western cultures that showed in her paintings that were displayed in several local and international art exhibitions.
Quiet night playing the Guqin, doing makeup before the mirror, these are the ancient women's daily refined life. The background shining color shows a deep quiet and happy emotion at such an elegant night.
Compact layout, exquisite decorative display, coordinated spatial scale and proportion, deep cultural connotation, and elegant atmosphere evolve throughout her artistic creation.
Dressing up to wait for her sweetheart to come back home under the light of joyful red lantern is a popular topic in many ancient poems. The smoke from the lantern is like her lovesickness. The inspiration is from a famous Chinese literature “Romance of the Western Chamber”.
Her fame with the local art scene attracted many businesses and organizations to commission her to paint murals in their establishments.
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Wuxi clay baby is a famous specialty of Wuxi, a cultural city located in South-eastern China, with many beautiful symbolic meanings.
Her work is a nexus of arts from the West, the East, Ancient, and Modern. Her bold colors and bright style has the feeling of Matisse, the French master painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At the same time, her painting style is also influenced by Eastern Neo-Expressionism aesthetics. Her acrylic paintings not only contain poetic and beautiful imagery language symbols, but also reveal the inner emotions of the artist behind the color and cultural symbols.
Guxun is a very old Chinese musical instrument. Its voice is melodious, elegant and low, as if telling endless worries and sadness.
These paintings draw the audience in with the tension between the familiar and the unfamiliar to trigger the viewer’s desire to explore the elegant oriental aesthetic beauty.
In ancient times, some ladies loved pets very much, and birds were one of the most representative pets. The beautiful feathers, beautiful singings, attract the ancient women to kill the lonely night time.
Chinese traditional culture is extensive and profound. Chinese elements are a highly refined miniature symbol of Chinese culture. The Chinese elements of living habits, blue and white porcelain, bonsai, handicrafts, tie-dye, chess, screen, birdcage, fan, art, musical instruments, calligraphy, four study room treasures, the window lattices and the door decorations all condense the spirit and belief of the Chinese culture.
Chinese 国画 painting and calligraphy were the required lessons for educated ladies in ancient times. Painting has a more than thousand years of history in China, which is a precious cultural heritage loved and treasured by many families until now.
Miaomiao Cui's art embodies the language of poetic beauty and reveals her emotions behind her images.
As Confucius says, "In the company of three there is always a teacher." The three ladies -- one for wisdom, one for thought, and one for nous.