Simon Xian Wen Zeng studied calligraphy in elementary school in his native China. He stayed in China for many years, studying calligraphy, oriental painting and engraved writing, and received many prestigious awards along the way.
Zeng came to the U.S. in the mid-1990s and began studying modern, abstract painting with the Art Students League of New York. He and his wife settled in Queens, NY and he opened his art studio in Flushing. In 1997, President Bill Clinton added Zeng’s calligraphy artwork to the White House art collection.
Zeng is the 74th descendent of Chinese scholar Sheng Zeng who was an outstanding student of Chinese philosopher, Confucious.
Whether he is creating in eastern or western traditions, Zeng hopes his work leaves the viewer with a “sense of joy and happiness, provoking deep contemplation and reflection.”