Zimou Tan was named “Chinese Master Artist” in December of 2007 by the Chinese government Art and Culture department, also selected as "The 50 Artists Impacted China". Tan was born and raised in Canton, China, apprenticed to Chinese Master Artist Le, YiFeng at age 12. At age 14 he immigrated to America with his family. Tan graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco in 2001. There he earned degrees in both Traditional Illustration and Fine Arts.
His paintings have been presented in the New York Portrait Society Gallery in New York City; American Artists Professional League, 73rd Grand National Exhibition in the New York City; de Young Museum, San Francisco, California, and Asia Society of Arts of America, San Francisco, California.
Zimou’s work has been featured in International Artist Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, The Artist Magazine, Stroke of Genius, Chinese Master Artist, and The 50 Artists Impacted China.
He has also founded a school for classical art training and old master techniques called Estudio Barbour Atelier located in New York and conducts art workshops and seminars. He has taught for over 12 years as an instructor at Academy of Art University and at other academic institutions.
2013 Awards of Excellence, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society
2008 Named “Chinese Master Artist” by Chinese Government
2006 Morro Bay Art Association, Best of Show award
2006 Artist Magazine, Honorable Award
2003 The Southern California American Society of Portrait Artists and the city of Laguna Hills, Second Prize Winner
2003 PAS SF Portrait Competition Grand Prize Winner
2002 North Valley Art League National show, Best of Show Gold Medal winner
2002 The Flowers and Gardens Finalists of International Artist Magazine