Yuan Xikun is the Member of the Standing Committee of the All-China Youth Federation, Member of the 11th and 12th Standing Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferen (CPPCC).Currently he holds the following positions:the Curator of Beijing Jin Tai Art Museum, Honorary Chairman of China Association of Collectors, Researcher of the Graduate School of the Chinese Arts Research Institute and Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Recipient of the National Labor Medal of May Day.
Yuan was born in Yunnan Province, China in August 1944 with Guizhou as his family origin. He has been kept collecting precious relics from overseas and established Beijing Jin Tai Art Museum in 1995, the first private-owned museum where over 100 international cultural exchange activities are held praised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture. Yuan was invited to draw ink-and-wash portraits for 152 foreign dignitaries, which were acknowledged and signed by these foreign dignitaries. Among them, there were 49 replied to support Beijing’s bid to holding the 29th Olympic Games on the eve of the Olympic bidding conference. As the Director of organizing committee, Yuan initiated 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest hosted by Olympic organizing committee. 290 series were selected as the splendid ones leaving precious Olympic cultural heritage. Mr.Yuan can express rich images with concise technique of drawing and compromise artistic conception in western paintings which is called “Oriental Oil Paintings” for his peculiar ethnic style by western professionals; He is considered as the leader both as an artist and a public diplomat by international art authority who published animal-themed portfolio of paintings and works of relative technique.
In recent years, his sculptures of international celebrities have been collected and inaugurated by foreign governments, international organizations and museums in Japan, Greece, Russia, the United States, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Bulgaria, Kenya, etc. Ten celebrity sculptures including Jianzhen,Aristotle, Tchaikovsky, Milan Stefanik, Before the Decisive Battle-Lincoln, Lula,Magellan, Confucious, The Greatest Poet Shevchenko and Montesquieu; and three animal sculptures including Oriental Fine Horse, Heaven Bull and Spirited were presented as national gifts to different heads of states.
The miniature version of the environmental sculptures Urgency in the Polar Region and Patron Saint of Forest – Tiger by Yuan were selected as the “Champion of the Earth” award trophies by the United Nations Environment Programme in the year of 2009 and 2010 respectively. During the Shanghai World Exposition, Yuan was first awarded as the “Patron for the Arts and Environment” by UNEP in recognition of his social responsibility as an artist and contribution on disseminating environmental protection concept. Yuan initiated “Champion of the Water Alliance” on the Earth Day of 2011 as a global call for public participation in saving water specially reduce the waste on bottled water and car-washing, which was warmly received by the international environmental organizations and all walks of the society. Yuan also actively took part into the Ozone Action that advocated by UN and created the sculpture Sky-patching: Chinese Goddess Nüwa, using the artistic approach to influence people on environmental protection. He got the compliments and substantial support from the UNEP and other international organizations. By the end of 2011, Yuan was awarded as the “2011 National Water Protection Public Figure”.
Up to now, Yuan is the artist who earned the international recognition and has won the most international highest medals in the field of sculpture in China, such as the highest honorable medals from foreign presidents. He is a leading figure who has taken abroad Chinese culture in the field of fine arts and has made great contribution to Chinese art to the global stage.