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Zi Ling (b. 1985, HuangShan, China) is a visual artist based in Bath. She was born to the Chinese painter HuiTao Lin, a pioneer of the 85 New Wave Movement. From 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 works of etchings, watercolours, drawings, video art and mixed medium have been displayed extensively at many prestigious venues and exhibitions in the UK and China. Her artwork has been permanently collected by the National Art Museum of China, as well as private collectors from over 14 countries, including Germany, France, the US, Bulgaria, Canada, the UK, Singapore, China, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Korea.

She received the President's Choice Award RI (2022), 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 also the winner of the Royal Academy of Dance Portrait Competition 2022. 

She is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the co-Artistic Director of the cross-disciplinary art company 2617KUNST. She had her artist in residency at the Royal Opera House in December 2022. 



  • Feature artist, Women United Art Magazine, special edition 2023, ISBN 13-979-8390290651.

  • Feature artist, Artists & Illustrators, June 2022 issue, ISSN 1473-4729. 

  • Feature artist, HRH Princess Margaret, 20 Years 20 Artworks (2022), ISBN-978 1 7397903 0 1. 

  • "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

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