Z.S. Liang was born in China in 1953. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou. Liang furthered his art study in the United States in 1982, earning his MFA in painting at Boston University.
While studying and painting the Wampanoag Indian culture of Massachusetts, Liang was inspired to begin focusing his painting primarily on Native American Indian cultures and their traditional ways of life. During the ensuing years of field research, he has made many connections and friends among native tribes from the East Coast to the West Coast. Liang’s obvious passion for the Indians as a people, coupled with his emphasis on historical accuracy, adds strength and truth to his portrayals.
Among the many awards Liang has received are the 2011 Masters of the American West Purchase Award; the 2009 Masters of the American West David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award; and the 2005 President’s Award for Excellence from the Oil Painters of America. Liang’s works are in the permanent collections of the Autry National Center, West Point Museum, Harvard University and the American National Portrait Gallery.