Nie Ou 聶鷗 China, b. 1948


Nie Ou was born in 1948 in Shenyang, Liaoning province. In 1954, her family moved to Beijing.


Nie studied with Xu Beihong, Li Keran, Li Kuchan, and Ye Qianyu at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. She completed her postgraduate training there in 1981, and joined the Beijing Painting Academy as a professional painter that year. She married fellow artist Sun Weimin (b. 1946) in 1982.


Nie mainly paints in ink and at times in oil. She is known for her works that depict rural life. Observers have noted an evolution in Nie's style since 1985. Lucy Lim, curator of the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco, wrote that Nie's art became "more Chinese, less Western" at that time, capturing a "distillation of reality" as is typical of traditional Chinese paintings. Art historian Shao Yiyang described her style as "modern" and "typified by freer brushstrokes." She added that Nie's work demonstrates "a feminine sensitivity, meticulous detail, and ordered calm."


Nie's works are held in the public collections of the British Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum, CAFA Art Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Williams College Museum of Art.


After the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), Nie studied Chinese ink painting under Li Keran (1907-1989, renowned contemporary Chinese painter) at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1978. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas including in the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Her works have been collected by National Art Museum of China, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and other institutions and private collectors.



2014   中國現代及當代畫家精選,典亞藝博,香港會議展覽中心,香港

2003   7月美術館開放的時代畫展,水墨畫高山流水人家參展 

2002   當代中韓代表畫家聯展 

2000-2001  北京畫院六畫家聯展 文化部中展交流中心舉辦的中國現代水墨畫和雕塑展,赴法國、英國、奧地利巡回展

1999  跨世紀中國名家21人展,中國美術館,北京,中國,並出版畫集 水墨畫參加 第九屆全國美展優秀作品展

1997  北京畫院院展,中國 

1995  中國女畫家作品展,中國美術館,北京,中國 

1989   中國繪畫-北京杭州及四川畫,香港藝術中心,香港

1987-88  新加坡、台灣舉辦個人畫展