Canadian Art Prints Signs Artists Bellefroid, Chavez and Siddle. (News)

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Canadian Art Prints Signs Artists Bellefroid, Chavez and Siddle. (News)


RICHMOND, British Columbia -- Canadian Art Prints recently signed three new artists: Chinese artist Li Shuang de Bellefroid; California artist Rosa Chavez; and marine artist Keith Siddle.

According to company officials, Bellefroid's works testify to her painful personal and artistic journey. She grew up in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution within a family of intellects. Her early childhood artistic development was influenced by her grandfather, a dealer in Chinese antiques, books and art. Upon graduating from high school, Li Shuang was sent to work with her fellow graduates as a peasant farmer for two years in the countryside near Beijing. To escape from the daily routine of physical labor, she began to paint.

She was the only female member of the Stars, a group of artists and writers who played a role in the short-lived democracy movement. She was arrested in Beijing for living with her fiance Emmanuel Bellefroid, a French Diplomat, and was sent to a labor camp for two years where she was forbidden to paint. But today, her art strongly speaks for her.

Although her family originally came from Barcelona, Spain, Chavez was born in California. Blessed with artistic parents, her early life as a little girl and long walks through beautiful natural settings inspired and cultivated the natural talent expressed in her painting.

Chavez started her serious education as an artist at the Bellas Artes School in Mexico City, where she explored many mediums including sculpture, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and oils, during a five-year program. …

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