The Associates

All of us, Chinese and non-Chinese, have pursued our training in China, therefore our education has not been affected by a recurring phenomenon in this field among non-Chinese learners, that is the filtering of notions through terms and concepts of Western inspiration.

In addition to being tailored to our personal visions and ideas, our contribution is also aimed to giving voice to artists, academics and any experts in this field who operate in the Chinese academic and artistic panorama and who hardly leave their national borders: at first glance one might think that this happens because of the language barrier, but beneath this trivial reason lies the uncomfortable truth that the Chinese and Western cultural spheres are rarely in real contact.

Giacomo Bruni
Giacomo Bruni


Artist / Editor in Chief

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Giacomo Bruni was born in Perugia in 1986.
In 2009, he graduated from the University of Perugia with a bachelor’s degree in Modern literature. He went on to finish his Master’s degree at the University of Padova in 2013 in Medieval philology.
From 2012 to 2013, he was granted a scholarship to study Chinese culture at Guangzhou University ( 广州大学). In 2018 he participated in an international artistic training project at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (广州美术学院).
In 2019, he graduated from Jinan University in Guangzhou (暨南大学), with a Doctorate degree in Literature and Art theory.
From September 2019 to present, he has been studying Chinese landscape painting at the China Academy of Art (中国美术学院) in Hangzhou, under the tutelage of
Professor Lin Haizhong 林海钟. He has exhibited several of his works in different cities in China, through solo and group exhibitions.
At the beginning of 2020 he founded the Shanshui projects,
which aims to promote contemporary Chinese painting through exhibitions and a magazine which would promote contemporary Chinese painting.


26th -27th November 2019, “The artistic research of Gao Jianfu – International symposium” Guangzhou, Memorial Hall of Lingnan school of painting
13th March 2019, Speech at the Art seminar titled “Famous contemporary
landscape painter exhibition”, Guangzhou Yangcheng evening post art research center
27th-29th January 2019, 2nd Eurasian Conference on Educational Innovation 2019 (Singapore), Pictographic Character Illustration for a Creative Education (Best Conference Paper Award)
9th June 2018, Speech at the Art seminar titled “Calligraphy and painting exhibition of young artists” Guangzhou, Rui Zhe Xuan Art Gallery
1st May 2018, “Foreign view of Chinese Art” in Zhongshan, Lijing Art center
8th November 2016, Speech at the Art seminar titled “The spirit of Lingnan” in Zhongshan Museum of Fine Arts
26th November 2015, Lecture about photography at the Art & Design College of the Guangzhou University at the first year of the Master’s course (class 620 WenQin building)


2023 – The Realm of Harmony – 和境 (solo), House of Art & Artists Milan
2022 – Sociology of hte Journey within the Mind 《卧游的社会学》(solo) – Peiyi Chinese Youth Club, Perugia
2022 – The trip of Mercury – Shuimu Post Gallery of Modern Art
2022 – Mostra sull’esperienza della cultura della calligrafia cinese – Peiyi Chinese Youth Club, Perugia
2022 – Italia-Cina: Connubio di arte e cultura – Il paesaggio interiore nella pittura cinese (solo)– Pissignano Alto, Comitato Civico Lizori
2022 – Art China, Fu Hu YingChun – Hu Jiang teachers and students works online exhibition
2021 – International Virtual Exhibition – Watershed Studio’s
2020 – Earth – Round Lemon, Zest Hall
2019 – Sayhey auctions – Hangzhou, New Cultural Space
2019 – To say almost the same – International art students exhibition – Hangzhou, Xika art centre
2019 Youth Sketch art exhibition – Huangshan, ancient town art centre
2019 Natural impressions, contemporary art exhibition – Shenzhen, Haichuang Building.
2019 -《笔意相生》(solo) – Guangzhou, Ink Village Gallery
2019 – Exhibition of the “International training program for talented young artists” – Guangzhou, Academy of Art Gallery
2017 – “151° anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-sen”, Zhongshan
2011 – Egos Two contemporary art exhibition – London, Roa Gallery of Art


Cai Liang
Cai Liang




Specially-appointed painter of Jinan University’s Cross-Strait Cultural Exchange Center, Dean of Tu Academy.
Deputy Director of the Youth Art Education Committee of Guangdong Youth Artists Association, Guangdong Youth Artists Association, Chinese landscape painting was studied under the famous painter Mr. Hu Jiang.


2018 –  Promotion of traditional cultural activities into the Dongguan Opium War Museum –  Dongguan Opium War Museum


2017 – Exhibition for the 151° anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-sen – Zhongshan
2017 – Transformation into Smoke, Solo Exhibition – Guangzhou
2017 – Art is a way of life speech – Guangdong University of Technology
2019 – Jinan University Brush and Ink, Overseas Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition – Macau


Claudio Lucchi
Claudio Lucchi


Artist / Writer


Born in Munich, Germany in 1987.

From 1987 to 1998 lived in Cavalese in the Trentino-Alto Adige region 

In 1998, he moved with his father and mother to the Canadian province of Quebec and graduated from high school.

From September 2019 to the present, Ph.D. candidate of Fine Arts at the department of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy of China Academy of Art, under the supervision of Professor Zhang Jie.

From September 2016 to June 2019, master degree at the Chinese Painting department of Guangxi University of Arts majored in Chinese Mountain Water Painting, under the tutelage of Professor Wang Xuefeng.

From September 2012 to June 2016, he studied at the Chinese Painting department of Guangxi University of Arts, majoring in Chinese Mountain Water Painting, and obtained a bachelor’s degree.


• 2016 May , Light Wind 清风 , Guangxi Arts University, Nanning, China ;
• 2019 June, Reflection 倒影 , Guangxi Arts University, Nanning, China.

Other projects

2019.11.20-22 — Attended the 2019 European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) Leadership Symposium, Common Ground : Mapping the Collaborations Across Cultures, as a translator.
2017 — Proofreading and translation of the historical study, 100 Years of Chinese Oil Painting — An Illustrated Historical Study, a translation project from Mandarin to English.
2016 — Proofreading of the biographical study, Son of the Mountains — A Study of Art in Yao Painter Zheng Junli’s Painting (ISBN 978-7-5482-2770-0), from Mandarin to English.
2015 — Proofreading of A Survey of the Masters and Masterpieces of the Lijiang Painting School (ISBN 978-7-5482-2305-4), from Mandarin to English.
2014 — Proofreading of Huang Gesheng’s Road to Art: A Case Study of an Artist of the Lijiang Painting School (ISBN 978-7-5495-6040-0), from Mandarin to English.


Marukawa Naoto
Marukawa Naoto




Born in Hiroshima, Japan in October 1989.
In 2012, he graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts painting department majoring in Japanese painting.
Obtained a master’s degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School in 2014. Under the tutelage of Professor Guan Chu.
In 2017, he was selected as a national outstanding international student, and his works are collected by the Education, Science and Art Committee of the National People’s Congress.
In the same year, he won the first prize at the National Southern Painting Essence Exhibition in Japan.
In 2018, he received a master’s degree from the Chinese Painting Department of the China Academy of Art (中国美术学院). In 2018, PhD student enrolled in China Academy of Art. Under the tutelage of Professor Lin Haizhong 林海钟.


Lecture on “Chinese painting and its lines” held in Tokyo Art University in January 2020


December 2015 Yandang scenery and wonderful Yandang Mountain painting exhibition / China / Hangzhou / 2015
2016.6 Sihai art and Chinese aesthetics overseas students exhibition / China / Hangzhou / 2016
December 2016 national painting lantern Lin Haizhong’s works exhibition / China / Hangzhou / 2016
May 2017 perception of China Academy of fine arts, China Central Academy of Fine Arts international student works exhibition / China / Hangzhou / 2017
August 2019: Foton · invitation exhibition of Chinese painting masters / Qingzhou / Zhongchen art town
October 2019 commemorating the 60th anniversary of xuyunlao and xiangshiji / Jiangxi / Zhenru temple in Yunju mountain
November 2019 Sino Japanese Friendship Youth Exchange commemorative Exhibition: calligraphy and painting exchange exhibition of three schools of China and Japan / Tokyo / Art Gallery of Japan China Friendship Museum / 2019
To say almost the same international student art exhibition / Hangzhou / Sika Art Center

On November 2017, participated in the commemorative activity of outstanding international students in China






Born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, 1992.

Oct/20- PhD of Contemporary Art
LICA of Lancaster University
Sep/14-Jul/17 Master of Arts Degree
Central Academy of Fine Arts School of Chinese Painting
2016 Exchange Student
National Taiwan Normal University
Sep/10-Jul/14 Bachelor of Arts
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts School of Chinese Painting


2019 Chinese contemporary art literature archives “Li Shu Art”, January 20, 20th issue IV. “Ink and wash new generation recommendation, special report” 2018.07 “Ink and Wash” National Art Foundation Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition Album, China Bookstore Publishing
2016.04 Beijing Evening News 21st Edition
2016.30.04 Beijing Evening News 21st Edition, two illustration works
2016.21.05 Beijing Evening News 21st Edition, “Gusu Impression” prose and illustration
2015 Peking University Press, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Ren Yi, “The History of Chinese Clothing” Industrial Design Discipline Series Textbook Illustration
2013.05.17 Journal of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Page 3, The novels of the “Sweet and Cold” of the New Song yuan Student Exhibition

Cooperative projects

Milan Expo, China Pavilion Image clothing design, fabric drawing (Italy)
Coink Art and Design Logo Design, Main Product Pattern Creation (Shenzhen,China)
“QuanZi x3 Spoon laboratory =High temperature ink Art“Art Jewelry Sharing Session – Cooperation with enamel jewlry design studio (Guangzhou, China)
“Starry Night” QuanZi ink art sharing session (Foshan,China)


Shi Shouqian (former director of the Institute of art history, Taiwan University, and President of the Taipei Palace Museum)

Chen Baozhen, Ph.D. in art history, Princeton University, USA, east of Department of art and archaeology, Princeton University, USA

Director of the Asian Art Reference Center, Professor, Institute of art history, Taiwan University)

Peter faeth (founder of 99gallery, the largest collection institution of Chinese painting in Germany)


Yun Zhili
Yun Zhili




Doctor of Fine Arts.
Member of Beijing fine brushwork Heavy Color Painting Association.
Distinguished painter of Macao Academy of painting.
Faculty of fine arts, Huaqiao University.


·International Art Salon 2019, exhibition hall of Carrousel, Louvre, Paris, France
·New works of art exhibition of Fujian Province in 2019, Fujian Academy of painting, Fuzhou
·”The one with great meaning — the 6th Fujian freehand brushwork exhibition, Longyan Art Museum, Longyan
·Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of new China and the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland
·Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people’s Republic of China
·The first Sino German joint exhibition of artists’ works in 2019, Suzhou
·”Intuition and deduction” — contemporary art exhibition, Beijing
·”Surging life” — the first joint exhibition of young artists (Shanghai), Shanghai
·National Art Foundation “International Youth Art Creative Talents Training” exhibition, Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of fine arts, Guangzhou, China
·Spring 2019 contemporary art salon, Taipei
·To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the May 4th Movement
·Beijing fine brushwork heavy color painting exchange exhibition, art space of silon cement warehouse, Beijing

·The 8th fine brushwork exhibition of Fujian Province, Xiamen Art Museum, Xiamen
·”Maritime silk feelings” — Art and calligraphy exhibition of Huada, Taiwan Normal University and cross strait overseas Chinese, Xiamen Quanzhou Taiwan
·”Teacher’s world” exhibition of outstanding works of teachers from national art colleges and universities, Shanghai, China Art Palace, Shanghai, China
·Chinese painting works exhibition of School of art, Peking University, Beijing, China
·”Blooming” — Quanzhou youth art exhibition, Quanzhou Haijiao Museum, Quanzhou

·”The context of painting and painting” — 2017 National Art Colleges and universities green and heavy color landscape painting teaching seminar and creative works exhibition, University Town Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of fine arts, Guangzhou, China.
“The light of the academy” 30+30 Jia Jing Ying special exhibition, Shanghai Center Tower, B2 art gallery, Shanghai
·The second national art exhibition of college students, Qingdao
·Graduate works exhibition of Tianjin Academy of fine arts, Art Museum of Tianjin Academy of fine arts, Tianjin
·Outstanding works exhibition of graduates of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts (won Academy Award), Art Museum of Tianjin Academy of fine arts, Tianjin

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