Zi Ling (b. 1985, HuangShan, China) is a visual artist based in Bristol. She was born to the Chinese painter HuiTao Lin, a pioneer of the 85 New Wave Movement. Since the age of four, she received formal training from him in drawings.


She has studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Chelsea College of Arts and Central Academy of Fine Arts China.

Her work of etchings, watercolours, drawings, video art and mixed medium have been displayed at many prestigious venues and exhibitions. She received the The Richard Plincke RI Prize (2021), Cass Art Prize (2019), DAC Beachcroft Space Prize (2018), Frank Herring Easel Award (2018), First Prize of Leathersellers Award (2016), and the Rosemary & Co. Prize (2015) from the Princess Michael of Kent. 

She is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the co-Artistic Director of the theatre company 2617Kunst



  • "Artistic Impression", The World of Interiors, (Vol 40 no 5-7, 2021), ISSN 0264-083X. 

  • Featured artist, Wotisart Online Magazine (14th issue), May 2018

  • Rikishi (watercolour | portrait), Art of Watercolour Magazine (23rd issue), Capelitis Group Subscriptions, 2016, ISSN: 2114-3498

  • A Male Portrait (drawing | portrait), Central Academy of Fine Arts 60 Years if Drawing 1949-2009, Culture & Arts Books Ltd., 2009, ISBN: 9787503940477

  • The Summer Breeze (oil | portrait), The Undergraduate Students Works Selection of Central Academy of Arts II, ZheJiang People’s Arts Press, 2008, ISBN: 978753402464

  • Blindness (oil | portrait), The Works Selections of Fine Arts School Attached To The Central Academy Of Fine Arts No. 1, ZheJiang People’s Arts Press, 2008, ISBN: 9787534023736