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Oil Painting Artist Zhou Tao's Exhibition and the U.S. Tour Lectures End in a Success

From November 6 to November 19, 2019, Mr. Zhou Tao, a well-known Chinese oil painting artist, brought a new series of oil paintings " refactoring" to a half-month tour exhibition and lecture in the United States. The lecture and exhibition were initiated and organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina. Participants included Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky, the Confucius Institute at Troy University, the Upstate Campus of the University of South Carolina, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Presby.

This event received the attention and promotion of all participating units, and some warm-up activities were held in advance. The paintings have been exhibited in four universities. More than 200 audiences came to watch and had full live communication and discussion with the painter. In the lecture, Zhou Tao started with the representative figures of Chinese oil painting and the origin of "realism" style, and discussed the evolutionary process of the local realism, hyper-realism and modern lyrical abstraction of Chinese oil painting. Through his creative process, Zhou Tao also analyzed the similarities and differences between Eastern and Western painting concepts and methods and shared with everyone his knowledge of art.

This event is an attempt and effort of CI at UofSC using art as a medium to build a Sino-US art exchange and communication platform.