Jiangang Su – Artist Biography

Jiangang Su was born in 1974 Suzhou, China. His paintings and calligraphy are deeply influenced by Chinese Jiangnan culture. His works of classical landscapes, flowers, and birds result from details and freehand. His fine brushwork is delicate and clean, while the freehand part is illusory and ethereal, which naturally fits well with Chinese classical gardens in Suzhou, Jiangnan, China.

In 1987, Jiangang Su studied under the well-known artist Yan Gongda, who was a professor at Tsinghua University and vice-chairman of Chinese Calligraphers Association. Su enrolled in university in 1992 and majored in Arts & Crafts, and later started his professional career as an artist and art educator after he earned the highest level of calligraphy teaching certification in China.

Jiangang Su moved to Vancouver in 2016. He immediately came to love Vancouver’s openness and diversity and established a solid relationship with the Great Wall Gallery in Toronto and Lipont Gallery in Vancouver. In addition, he has held many successful solo exhibitions and received excellent responses. Regarding art education, Su’s students are throughout North America, including art students from Emily Carr University of Arts and Design, Vancouver Film School, and art lovers, especially architects who are passionate about Chinese culture.

Besides art career and art education, Su is enthusiastically involved in charity work. Before the pandemic, he participated in Tzu Chi’s calligraphy charity event in October each year by writing and donating Spring Festival couplets. In 2020, two pieces of his artworks participated in pandemic relief charity auction hosted by Lipont Gallery.

The future world is one that requires diversity and interaction, where different cultures respect and influence each other. Painting is about everything other than painting. Su enjoys the conversations with ancestors by watching the classic works of Song and Yuan Dynasties, feeling their quietness and history. He immerses himself in the beautiful mountains and rich greenery of Vancouver. The images of local birds are painted with the most traditional meticulous techniques, including natural mineral pigments, Suzhou silk, and other extraordinarily delicate and ancient materials used for creation, and the result is imposing.

Jiangang Su – Artist Statement

“My art is deeply rooted in the culture of Suzhou region in East China, where intricate details are often skilfully woven into a minimalistic serenity in textiles, for which Suzhou is known. Such finesse is captured best in Suzhou Garden design and gongbi paintings (Chinese meticulous style painting), of which elements like landscape, flowers and birds often are used as metaphors to encapsulate the soul of Elysium dreams of sages and the spiritual quest of the artists.

While staying true to my roots and continuing the legacy of the ancient masters of Chinese art, I always have been inspired by the contemporary approaches of western aesthetics and the breathtaking nature of British Columbia. Currently, I have been developing a series of paintings around the local bird species, including Canada Goose, Common Yellowthroat, Dark-eyed Junco and others. I draw them with classic techniques, natural mineral pigments, hand-crafted silk from Suzhou and other traditional materials. I want to incorporate fresh visual elements to break the cultural boundaries and bring forth their universality through my art.”

– Jiangang Su 2022

Jiangang Su – CV

Jiangang Su (born in 1974), graduated from Changshu Institute of Technology in Arts and Crafts. He specializes in traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy and seal carving. In the 1980s, he studied under Mr. Yan Gongda, a famous calligrapher and seal carver. Su is also an experienced art educator. His works are collected internationally and appear in the private collections of many art institutions and galleries. In 2017 he served as the Art Director of the Canada 150th Anniversary International Tea Festival. Su is a member of Jiangsu Calligraphers Association, the Suzhou Calligraphers Association, and is a senior registered Teacher of China.

2016 Carried by Materials and Navigating One’s Mind – Calligraphy and Crafts Exhibition organized by Suzhou Daily and Suzhou Art
2016 The Weight of Time – Documentary of Jiangang Su’s Art by Suzhou TV Station
2017 Moved to Vancouver. The refreshing style of his paintings are favoured by collectors in Toronto and Vancouver
2018 Artistic Conception Transcends Image – Exhibition of Jiangang Su’s Art, Shanghai
2020 Resonance of Paper Drifting – Exhibition and Online Auction of Paintings and Calligraphy by Jiangang Su,  Lipont Gallery, Richmond, Canada
2021 Everlasting Happiness – Paintings and Seal Carving by Jiangang Su, Lipont Gallery, Richmond, Canada
2022 Kindness, Blessing, and Perfection – Traditional Chinese Paintings by Jiangang Su, Lipont Gallery, Richmond, Canada
November 2022, he was invited to participate in the Vancouver Zhongshan Park Artist-in-Residence Project and successfully founded the Vancouver (Yixian Cup) International Chinese Calligraphy Competition.
2023 Home Across the Water personal calligraphy and painting exhibition of Home Across the Water was successfully held in March.

From 2023 to 2024, he was hired to teach at Mulgrave School, The International School of Vancouver.
In January 2024, we collaborated with Danish audio brand B&O to jointly brand the Year of the Dragon series and hold a press conference.

The exhibition “Birds and Rocks in Cloud City” opened at Richmond City Hall Galleria on March 26, 2024.



Artistic Director of Canadas 150th Anniversary International Tea Culture Festival

Canada 150th Anniversary Celebrations-Artist Achievement Award




2020年【落紙清音】 – 蘇健剛國畫·書法展,溫哥華力邦美術館
2021年 【長樂未央】蘇健剛國畫、書法、篆刻展,溫哥華力邦美術館



2023.03成功舉辦Home Across the Water 彼岸·吾鄉個人書畫展
2023 ~2024 受聘Mulgrave School, The International School of Vancouver教書法國畫。
2024.1月與丹麥音響品牌B &O合作聯名龍年系列。並舉辦發表會。

2024.3.26在列治文美術館舉辦展《雲城鳥巖》《Birds and Rocks in Cloud City 》

【Little Invisible 小隐出品】+ 【Jiangang Su】ASMR | Traditional Chinese Painting - Winter Tea & Peach Blossom

ASMR 篆刻印章 & 桂花板栗羹|Seal Engraving & Hometown Chestnut Snack 【Little Invisible】+【小隱】+【蘇健剛】

ASMR 壬寅春節特輯二 虎年畫虎 躺寅大吉 |Spring Festival Speical 2 - Painting Tiger