An He was born in 1957 in
Guangzhou, China. He was born into an artistic family. He was drawn to the arts at a
young age, and was under the tutledge of his father, a highly respected
artist and Professor of Art in
Guangzhou. He later studied at the Fine Art College of Guangzhou, one
of the top academies in China. Interestingly, his father’s top student,
Guan ZeJu, later became An He’s teacher at the academy.
While attending the
academy, An was invited to join the All China Artist Association, a top
national organization only for professional artists. At the age of 24,
he was the youngest member ever to be chosen. This was his first
honor. Since then, his paintings have been widely exhibited in many
cities throughout China. He also was commissioned to do hundreds of
book covers and illustrations for publications. An He has won several
National Art Excellence awards in China. Three of his works have been
purchased by the Chinese government for the permanent collections on
display in the Nationall Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing.
An He arrived in the
United States in 1985, settling
in New York before making San Francisco his permanent home in 1988.
Specializing in figurative painting, he has become one of the most
sought after artists in the country for his romantic paintings of women.
An He’s tremendous admiration and respect for women comes through in all
his work. There is a grace; a peek into the inner beauty of his
subject. His women are usually caught in a moment of contemplation,
sometimes in an opulent interior, sometimes in a garden. Ballet themes
and musical instruments find their way into his compositions as well.
His subjects are always breathtaking and timeless.
His style has been compared to the
work of John Singer Sargent, bringing him tremendous attention from
other artists, as well as collectors. He has also specialized in
portraiture, and has been commissioned by collectors throughout the
United Sates, Europe and Asia.