Lihong Zhang was born in China and now resides in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a full-time painter. Even at a young age, Zhang’s knack for painting was clear; her school chose her to study art at the Beijing Youth Palace. Nowadays, Zhang indulges her preference for Impressionism by visiting museums and reading about art history, and by channeling her study of it into her natural scenes. The influence of Impressionism is made manifest in Zhang’s ability to capture a calm, fleeting moment of the natural world. Her work has been said to foster a cross-cultural exchange between Western and Eastern cultures, which Zhang actively creates by melding her Impressionist influences with ancient Eastern philosophy and Chinese calligraphy.
Zhang’s main inspiration is the lotus flower. Her fascination with the flower derives from a story about its beauty, “Pond in the Moon Night,” which she read while she was still in school. The story was made real for Zhang when she and her classmates visited the lotus pond in Beijing’s Beihai Park. Living in Australia, Zhang has still managed to find the lotus in her surroundings by visiting Melbourne’s lotus garden. This recurring motif, combined with the stillness and clarity of her work, communicates the message of harmony and peace in a noisy, busy world. Zhang has exhibited all over Australia, belongs to the Victorian Artists Society, and has been published in Art Edit magazine in both 2018 and 2020.