Artist Biography

Chee Chin S. LEE
1896 - 1966

Chin Chee S. Cheung Lee was born in Hoy Ping, China on May 4, 1896. He began his art studies in China. At age eighteen he immigrated to San Francisco where he spent two years studying English at the Congregational School on Washington Street. Having chosen art as a career, he studied for five years at the California School of Fine Arts where he was greatly influenced by Gottardo Piazzoni and Spencer Macky. He spent 1925 in China with his family, married, and then returned to San Francisco. During the 1930s he exhibited regularly in both northern and southern California, and was employed by the Federal Art Project. His oeuvre includes portraits, cityscapes of San Francisco, and landscapes in oil and watercolor, and a few lithographs. His painting style submitted to occidental influence and shows little trace of his oriental background. Lee remained a resident of San Francisco until his demise on January 31, 1966. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; Chinese Art Ass'n; California Watercolor Society. Exhibited: California School of Fine Arts, 1921 (second prize), 1922 (first prize); EastWest Gallery (San Francisco), 1922; San Francisco Art Ass'n annuals; California State Fair, 1923; California Industries Expo (San Diego), 1926; California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1932, 1943 (solo); Oakland Art Gallery, 1932, 1939; Foundation of Western Art (Los Angeles), 1933; Chinese Art Ass'n, De Young Museum, 1935; San Francisco Museum of Art Inaugural, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; California Watercolor Society, 1942, 1944. Works held: California Palace of Legion of Honor.

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