About Me

I was born in Changsha, China, and even as a child I loved to draw and paint. In my teenage years the chinese environment offered very few options. I was drafted into the Chinese army at age 15, and drove a truck from village to village showing propaganda films. Eventually, I began painting posters and making woodcuts for the army. With the changes in the economic and political situation, I was one of 35 students chosen out of a pool of 4000 hopeful applicants to enter the Art institute of the Army of China, Beijing. After completing my studies and my degree work I stayed on for two years with an assistant professorship at the same institute. I added a master’s degree at the Central University of Nationalities of China and then two more years as an associate professor.

The aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests forced me to move to the U.S in 1990. Having experienced my formative years under such a different cultural and political system, my first impression of the Unite States was a big cultural shock. It is this cultural dichotomy that inspired some of my most interesting works.

Now working as a special advisor for School of Arts and Humanities of Claremont Graduate University CA, USA     Artspace Minneapolis, MN, USA       The Institute of Deep Sea Research & Engineering of Sciences Academy of China, 53 Art Museum and Gallery Magazine, Guangzhou, P.R of China.

Special Collections

University St Thomas, St Paul, MN
Hearts On Fire, Boston, MA
Warwick Hotel, Paris, France
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN
Key Investment, Minneapolis, MN
Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong
SAP American, Philadelphia, PA
LeeFon Corporation, Singapore
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, MN
Dorsey & Whitney, Hong Kong Office
Minnesota Museum of American Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis, MN
The St Paul Company, Minneapolis, MN
China Times Newspaper, Taipei, China
Museum of Fu Tan Po, Osaka, Japan
Beijing Art Institute, China

Group Exhibitions










ARTIST OF THE MONTH    Itsliguid  Italy

Three man show in Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

Alisan Fine Arts 35 years group show, Hong


Los Angeles International Art Expo, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Los Angeles International Art Expo, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA
George Cuttress Fine Arts, Pomona, CAUniversity St Thomas Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2011 Faster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, WI
George Cuttress Fine Arts, Pomona, CA
CCAA Museum of Art, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Koehler Gallery, CA
2010 OCCOA Gallery, Orange County, CA
2007 Brand 36 works on paper, Glendale, CA
2005 Powers Gallery, Acton, MA
2004 Powers Gallery, Acton, MA
Gallery North Star, Grafton, VT
2003 “ New American Drawing 2003”, Santa Fe, NM
Minnesota Historical Museum, MN
2002 Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
Drawing III International Juried Art Exhibition, Omaha, NE
6th International Art Competition, Estes Park, CO
2001 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Gallery 8, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2000 Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1999 Susan Conway Gallery, Washington, DC
1997 Collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Arts, MN
1995 The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
1995 Minnesota Museum of American Arts, MN
National Museum of Mexico, Mexico City
1994 National Art Education Museum of the Republic of China, Taipei, Taiwan

Solo and Two Artist Exhibitions



The Progress Gallery, CA

Claremont Graduate University Gallery, CA

53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Alisan Fine Art, Hong Kong
2014 Museum of Art and History Lancaster, CA
2013 George Cuttress FINE ART, Pomona, CA
2004 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. Five paintings, Elements show
2003 Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2002 Gallery Lasietique, Scottsdale, AZ
2001 Gallery Lasietique, Scottsdale, AZ
2000 Alison Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Museum West Fine Arts, San Francisco & Palo Alto, CA
1999 Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1998 Museum West Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Dai Ichi Fine Arts, New York
Alison Fine Arts, Hong Kong
1997 Nelson/ Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Orchard Point Exhibition Hall, Singapore
1996 Nelson/ Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
1991 Asian Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1990 Larson Gallery, University of Minnesota, MN
1989 Crown Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1988 National Art Museum of the Peoples Republic of China, Beijing


2005 National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
2002 Best of the Show, 6th International Art Competition, Estes Park, CO
2000 Work included in lecture by Elizabeth Brown, Director of National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
1996 Curator’s Choice, Auction, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
1985 Award of Excellence, Beijing Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
1981 Two Bronze Medals, National Art Exhibition of China, Beijing, China


2015 What Goes Around Goes Around Yi Kai’s (catalogue)
2013 Impression of US (catalogue)
2005 Impression Ink Drawing of Tibet (catalogue)
2001 5 paintings were published by Grand Image and distributed by Bruce McGraw, New York, NY
2000 Time, Yin & Yang (catalogue), Alison Fine Arts, Hong Kong
New Paintings by Yi Kai (catalogue), Museum West Fine Arts, USA
1999 A Decade of paintings by Yi Kai (catalogue), Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1997 Painting Album of Yi Kai ( catalogue) Dynasties Art Gallery, Singapore
1989 Collection Painting of Yi Kai ( catalogue) Crown Art, Taipei, China

Teaching Positions

1988-1990 Associate Professor, Central University of Nationalities, Beijing, China
1983-1985 Assistant Professor, Art Institute of the People’s Liberation Army, Beijing, China

Education and Training

2006 Certificate, Modern Art History, Otis Art College, Los Angeles
1988 M.F.A., University of Nationalities of China, Beijing
1983 B.F. A., Art Institute of the People’s Liberation Army of China, Beijing

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