YiDan Guo’s career catapulted at the early age of 15, when she received a full scholarship to the world’s most prestigious arts school, Beijing’s Preparatory Central Academy of Fine Arts. A number of Guo’s works--including the dry-brushwork painting The Tale of Time--were selected for the 7th National Exhibition of Watercolors and Dry-Brushwork Paintings (2005). Her traditional Chinese realistic painting September won inclusion in the 4th Exhibition for Newcomers and their Works in Beijing (2006). Her traditional Chinese realistic painting Musical Journey was selected for the 6th National Exhibition of Traditional Chinese Realistic Paintings, and was also chosen for exhibition by China's National Gallery of Art by the Chinese Artists Association and the National Traditional Chinese Realistic Paintings Association.
Guo's publications include the freehand-brushwork drawings The Chanting and During the Journey, both appearing in Selected Works of Chinese Master Painters (International Yan-Huang Culture Publishing House, 2004). Her watercolors have appeared in Survey of Trends in the Arts—Watercolor Masters of China II (Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Press, 2010).
Guo notes that her goal in this exhibit is to “not only show what I have seen and experienced, but to share the deeper emotions behind my work.” Traditional Chinese realistic painting has a long history stretching back nearly 1,600 years, and Guo’s painting style pays homage to this long tradition with obvious joy and reverence. Also evident in Guo’s work is the Chinese painting philosophy which incorporates the belief that painting is also meditation, a communion with divine Existence. Through painting, Guo notes, “I find peace and serenity in my soul.”