Amoy Magic Guide to Xiamen and Fujian Main Page MenuClick to Access
Amoy Magic Guide to Xiamen and Fujian Main Page MenuClick to Access


AmoyMagic-- Travel , Resident and Business Guide to Xiamen and Fujian
Xiamen Gulangyu Kulangyu Kolongsoo Kolongsu KulongsuGulangyu
Jimei Tan Kah Kee Jimei University Turtle Garden Jimei AmoyMagic-- Travel , Resident and Business Guide to Xiamen and FujianTong'an
Jinmen Quemoy Matsu Taiwan
Zhangzhou  changchow Zhangzhou
Discover Quanzhou, ancient start of maritime silk route ( or Zaytun Zaitun Zaiton ) from which Marco Polo sailed,  Sinbad the Arab visited.  ChinchewQuanzhou Wuyi Mountain Guide Zhuxi  tea Wuyi
Favorite Fujian tourist sites , in order: Xiamen Quanzhou Longyan Hakka earthen houses Wuyi mountain Ningde
#1Fujian Sites!
Photographs of Fuhken places like Zhangzhou, Longyan, Ningde, Sanming, Wuyi Mountain
Fujian Foto Album
Guidebooks about Fujian and Xiamen Fujian Adventure Discover Quanzhou Discover Gulangyu Magic Fujian etc.Books on Fujian
Letters from AmoyMagic ReadersReaders'Letters

Ningde Taimu Mountain ZhouningNingde Zhouning Carp VillageZhouning
Longyan Yongding Hakka round houses earthen architectureLongyan Sanming Scenic Wonderland Mingxi Gem bed rubies Sanming

Putian Fujian Xianyou Mazu TemplePutian Fujian covered wooden bridgesBridges
Xiamen travel agents and ticketing for trains, planes and automobiles
Travel Info,
Hakka Earthen architecture Hakka Roundhouses

Xiamen Travel Agents and Tour Guides English SpeakingTravel Agents

Historical and Modern Amoy People -- Colorful Characters!Amoy People! amoy mission missionaries
Darwinian Driving Survival of the Fastest DarwinDarwin Driving
Darwin Chinese Driving Survival of fastest
South China Tigers -- our Amoy Kitty CatsAmoy Tigers
Chinese inventions compass gunpowder printing paper zoos newspaper etc.Chinese Inventions
1994 80 day 40,000 km drive to Tibet & backTibet in 80 Days!forty thousand kilometer drive around China
Dethroned Perils of Chinese Potty ToiletDethroned!
Chinese bathrooms
Writings by Bill Brown about life in China,  Fukien Xiamen etc. Includes 80 Day Drive to Tibet  Darwinian Driving Misc.Writings
Latest news tips ideas updatesLatest News
OpiumWars short history and background of the Opium Wars between China Britain Europe missionaries battle against opium addiction etc.Lord of Opium
Kite Flying in Xiamen ChinaBack to Main Page

Chinese Kung Fu and Martial Arts Korean Tae Kwon Do  Japanese JujitsuMartial arts Chinese Kung FuKung Fu


Click Thumbnails below for larger images of Dr. Kaz' Paintings

Green Mountains by Kazimierz Poznanski
"Fertile River"

Hidden Lake by Kazimierz Poznanski "Hidden Lake"

Intimate Landscape by Kazimierz Poznanski
"Intimate Landscape"

Rich Fields, by Kazimierz Poznanski
"Rich Fields"

River Bend, by Kazimierz Poznanski
"River Bend"

Yellow River, by Kazimierz Poznanski
"Yellow River"

AmoyMagic--Guide to Xiamen & Fujian
Copyright 2001-7 by Sue Brown & Dr. Bill Help Build an online  community for foreigners.  Join the Xiamen Guide forumOrder Books Common Talk Xiamen Dailys Weekly English SupplementXiamenguide Forum Guide to Xiamen and Fujian business tourism history culture cuisine entertainment investment Guide to Xiamen hsiamen amoy fuhken fukien
Main Page   Business Links     Recreation Links     Google Search      E-mail
Introducing Professor Kazimierz Z. PoznanskiProfessor Kazimierz Z. Poznanski rediscover of Chinese artist Teng Hiok Chiu
Click Here to E-mail Dr. Poznanski

Kazimierz Z. Poznanski, Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
PO Box 353 650
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195

Click Here for "Feeling China--Art as Jazz," by Dr. Poznanski
Click Here for Critics Reviews of Poznanski's Work
Click Here for "Chinese Beauty", by Dr. Kaz.
Click Here for list of Dr. Kaz' paintings
Click Here for Teng Hiok Chiu page (comprehensive biography, and pictures and descriptions of over 40 major works--all copyright by Prof. Kaz).
Click Here for "Happy Places: Landscaping by Teng Hiok Chiu" (by Prof. Kaz)
Did you know Xiamen is now one of the world's greatest producers of original and reproduction oils? Click Here for more info!
Back to top

Prof. Kazimierz Poznanski is both a collector of paintings and painter himself. He discovered these two passions in his native Poland and continued them after moving to the United States in Teng Hiok Chiu1980. He has been a professor at Cornell, Northwestern and since 1987 at the University of Washington. All the way along, he has assembled many paintings from the modernist period, while he also practiced painting himself. About ten years ago he started specializing in the collection of Chinese western-style paintings from the modernist period of 1920-1950. The core of his collection consists of a large group of oils by the Royal Academy graduate Teng Hiok Chiu (1903-1972). For the fist time since Chiu’s passing away, they were put on display at the Frye Art Museum in 2003. The show attracted forty-thousand visitors and brought this forgotten painter back in the spotlight. This interest in Chinese modernists turned Poznanski, an artist, to traditional Chinese “mountain and water” paintings on rice paper. His works, mainly monumental landscapes executed in the informed by Taoism Chinese art tradition, have been shown numerous times. They were exhibited in solo installations in 2002 at the Sichuan Art Museum in Chengdu; in 2004 at the Xiamen City Gallery in Xiamen; in 2004 at the “Art Center” in Seattle; and in 2005 at the “Upper Gallery” in Toronto, Canada. While in Toronto, he was interviewed by four different cable television channels. In 2005 the leading Chinese magazine “Art” directed by the China Artist Association prepared a feature article about his Chinese-style landscapes and published it in July 2005 issue with seven images of his landscapes.
Back to top

Poznanski’s understanding of art:

The role of art is to reflect the happy side of life, and it is life itself that the art should be focused upon anyway. While each individual life has some bad turns, there is no reason to be preoccupied with them. The fact of life, of our existence, is itself a happy occurrence. The continuity of life is made possible by the right choices we make. In other words, life continues only if we live in harmony with each other. Thus, the role of art is not only to project happiness, but also to stress harmony. There is perhaps no better genre to deliver this message than paintings of nature. It is so, since nature is life, and thus, it embodies both happiness and harmony. In recent decades this particular message has been largely lost in western painting. Western art has embraced a different, opposite message – that of distress and conflict. They reflect the horrific modern-era experiences – social revolutions, economic depressions and the world wars. While these are universal experiences, Eastern painting, as that of China, has preserved the message of happiness and harmony. In China, as well as in Japan or Korea, two nations that borrowed so much from China, this message is rooted in the Taoist philosophy. It is this philosophy that argues that nature is life, and thus each corner of nature is a happy place of harmony. Nature represents a moral order, where all elements – representing either yin or yang – live happily in harmony. What brings these various elements closest to each other is the feeling of love. It is thus love that the human life is a product of. Chinese traditional art, which takes the center place also in modern China, is completely in the service of spreading this moral message. This is why it is focused on mountain and water painting, where mountain, representing the male element – yang, meets water, the female element – yin, to become a unity. In keeping with this philosophical tradition Chinese, paintings show only the bright side of life. This is why these landscapes are incredibly peaceful, simply charming and filled with energy. My paintings are true to the basic principles of this tradition of “mountain and water” paintings, although they also look quite western. They are definitely “Chinese” in terms of their overarching message that life comes from love. But they are not equally “Chinese” in terms of technique. In tune with this tradition I always use ancient Chinese pigment applied on rice paper and I build my paintings with lines and flat spaces. However, my art not only looks more laborious, but also more colorful, more geometric and more vibrant than the typical Chinese landscape scrolls.

Art Critics Review Dr. Poznanski's Work
Back to top

Professor Jerzy Kolacz, Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art April 10, 2005, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“I went to Kazimierz’s exhibition at the Upper Gallery in Toronto with mixed feelings. For an economist to also be a painter just did not sound right. I was afraid that I would have to witness another failed trial by an amateur artist. But I was nicely surprised. I found very interesting, large-scale synthetic landscapes that nevertheless were still filled with life and truth. Forms were defined by lines completed with color -- and all of this in a full harmony. Simplicity, deliberation and power of expression impressed me with their maturity. Not often would one see in these days so interesting a landscape painting. Nature often overwhelms the painter with its beauty and perfection. But here the artist offers a very intriguing analysis of nature and provides us with a logical description of what he has seen in a way that is free of banal emotions and references. In a conversation, the artist told me that he continuously faces a dilemma, namely whether he is an economist or an artist. To me, he has always been an artist, although this has not prevented him from being a well-respected economist. A person that is both thoughtful and tender can reconcile these presumably contradictory forms of creativity.”
Back to top


Raymond E. Tubbs, Art Critic, March 25, 2005, East Hartford
“I first met Kazimierz Poznanski in 1998, he a passionate collector of the painter, Teng H. Chiu (1903-1972), and I an art consultant who used to run his own gallery. Like Professor Poznanski, I have found this Chinese-born, western-trained painter to be an extraordinary artist with an extraordinary life. While his collection of Chiu paintings grew, our initial business-like relationship quickly evolved into one of mutual respect and friendship. In May of 2003, Professor Poznanski invited me to deliver a lecture at a symposium on Chiu at the University of Washington in conjunction to a large and handsomely presented exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. The theme of my lecture was how this Chinese by birth, but very western artist, used a first-class education in western techniques of painting and art history to gradually reclaim and use his Chinese roots.

"While a guest of my new friend, I was invited by him to see some of his own artwork, which he had only recently been inspired to begin doing. To my astonishment I discovered this almost driven collector of Chiu's work had now also become Chiu's student. But not a mere student, but one of talent, and one of whom his master could be proud. Laid out before me on the living room floor was a wonderful surprise: two large groups of black ink drawings (around 9 x 12" each) -- both groups an intuitive series done with amazing spontaneity and sophistication.
Back to top

The first series was presented in a vertical grouping of nine rows of three vertical drawings each. Each work of the bottom row had, from top to bottom, one bold black line, surely done and placed. In the successive five rows, each of these beautiful lines developed into a fully realized plotted plant of spiky leaves on the top row. The viewer sees a black line become a potted plant, or in reverse a potted plant reduced to the single line that inspired it. The other and more complicated series consisted of three groups of three rows with three horizontal drawings in each. The drawings related to each other horizontally, with each row becoming slightly more complex. The bottom group of nine consisted of grasses or spiked leaves, and the next two groups with successively more complex or variegated vegetation with seed pots. The lines were applied with graceful confidence, and an intuitive sense of the rightness of their place in the composition -- a good thing, as there was no place to hide mistakes. I was truly impressed.

"In many ways the student began where his master left off. This becomes more evident in his color paintings of landscapes and towns or combinations of both where Professor Poznanski uses a limited palette -- tonal variation of only two or three colors applied in small areas or fields of a single color. The landscapes are broken up by painted lines into basic geometric sections, as are the buildings of towns and villages into their most simplified cubistic shapes. All the fragmented shapes of stylized simplicity are painted up to their defining lines. This is all very much influenced or informed by Chinese painting in general, and Chiu in particular. However one should be careful, including the artist himself, of not putting too much emphasis on the Chinese qualities of the work.
Back to top

Professor Poznanski does not limit himself to the Chinese philosophic sense of harmony in everything, which demands low key, carefully orchestrated tonal values, and drawing fused to the elegant dynamics of calligraphy. In "Ming Town Roofline," for example, the painting of village roofs in pale tones of soft blues and greens is saved from harmonic boredom by one dissonant note of bold yellow. Intuitively inserted in just the right place, it gives the work necessary dynamic vitality -- it makes it come alive. In "Purple Yellow" the layered floating mountains found in a traditional Chinese landscape are painted from top to bottom from yellow with some purple to purple with yellow. This masterful use of only two complimentary colors achieves not only the illusion of great perspective depth needed for this vertical panorama, but also the pulsating vitality of simultaneous contrast.

"The architectural cubes of "Green House - Gulangyu Island" are depicted with flattened perspective and devoid of any detail beyond their basic shapes. But the bold colors (again of a very limited palette) concentrated on both ends, and not the middle, of this very horizontal work force the eyes to jump from one end to the other, and thus the use of a very different type of dynamics brings this work to life. In a work like "Intimate Landscape," one can see Western sensibilities, perhaps even Polish, especially in the choices of often bold colors and their tonal dynamics unlike anything one would see in traditional Chinese art.
Back to top

"In certain profound ways, as Chiu was a Chinese man trained as a western artist, Professor Poznanski is a Polish man trained as a Chinese artist. And just as his western training eventually freed Chiu to reclaim his Chinese roots, I suspect Professor Poznanski's self teaching will free him to lay artistic claims to that of his western or Polish cultural heritage that allows for the expansion of inspiration, technique and points of reference. Regardless, Poznanski has the potential of being a recognized artist of distinction with an original and singular vision."


Traditional Chinese pigment on rice paper

1. “Intimate Landscape”, 54 x 81, 2004

2. “Hidden Lake”, 54 x 81, 2005

3. “Yellow River”, 54 x 81, 2004

4. “Greenish Slopes”, 54 x 81, 2005

5. “River Bend”, 54 x 81, 2004

6. “Secret Ties”, 54 x 81, 2004

7. “Fertile River”, 54 x 81, 2005

8. “Ming Roofs - Langzhong”, 54 x 108, 2004

9. “Dancing Roofs – Near Beibei”, 27 x 54, 2004

10. “Reddish House – Gulangyu Island”, 27 x 54, 2004

11. “Beijing Hutong”, 27 x 54, 2005

12. “Street Turn – Near Beibei”, 27 x 54, 2004

13. “Green House – Gulangyu Island”, 27 x 54, 2004

14. “Winter Flower”, 54 x 27, 2005

15. “Ancient Shrub”, 54 x 27, 2004

16. “Yellow Mountain”, 54 x 27, 2005

17. “Erotic Impulse”, 54 x 27, 2004

TRAVEL LINKS Hakka Earthen architecture Favorite Fujian Sites Photographs of Fuhken places like Zhangzhou, Longyan, Ningde, Sanming, Wuyi MountainFujian Foto Album AmoyMagic-- Travel , Resident and Business Guide to Xiamen and FujianXiamen Gulangyu Kulangyu Kolongsoo Kolongsu KulongsuGulangyu Guide to Fukien Fuhken Fujian Guides Mystic Quanzhou -- the fabled port of Zayton ( or Zaytun Zaitun Zaiton ) from which Marco Polo sailed,  Sinbad the Arab visited.  ChinchewQuanzhou Zhangzhou  changchow Zhangzhou Longyan Yongding Liancheng Changting Amoy Tigers LianchengLongyan Wuyi Mountain Guide Zhuxi  tea Wuyi Mtn Ningde Taimu Mountain ZhouningNingde Putian Fujian Xianyou Mazu TemplePutian Sanming Scenic Wonderland Mingxi Gem bed rubies Sanming
Zhouning Carp VillageZhouning
Hakka Earthen architecture Taimu Mtn. Hakka Earthen architecture Roundhouses Fujian covered wooden bridgesBridges Hakka Earthen architecture Jiangxi Hakka Earthen architecture Guilin Help Build an online  community for foreigners.  Join the Xiamen Guide forumOrder Books
Letters from AmoyMagic ReadersReaders' Letters

Gulangyu Kulangyu Kolongsoo Kolongsu Kulongsu

Guide to Xiamen University Historic and modern, including departments -- Arts Science computers mathematics accounting management law department etc.Xiamen Univ

Mystic Quanzhou -- the fabled port of Zayton ( or Zaytun Zaitun Zaiton ) from which Marco Polo sailed,  Sinbad the Arab visited.  Chinchew

AmoyMagic-- Travel , Resident and Business Guide to Xiamen and Fujian

Fujian Adv

Guide to Fukien Fuhken  Bilingual Chinese English Parallel with MP3 CDFujianGuide

Click to e-mail Dr. Bill Brown or Susan BrownClick to E-mail Email address for Bill and Sue Brown     Letters from AmoyMagic ReadersReaders'Letters

Last Updated: May 2007Return to main page and main menu of Amoymagic Return to Main Page       Return to top of pageBack to Top

Frequently Asked Questions about Xiamen andFujianFAQs Questions?
Info on apartments or houses in Xiamen, real estate agentsReal Estate
Xiamen Shopping guide malls supermarketsShopping Download  Xiamen MapsMaps
Xiamen BookstoresBookstores
Train rail schedule for Xiamen, fukien Trains Amoy Bus ScheduleBusses
Car rental rent a car or van with driver in xiamen and fujianCar Rental

Xiamen hotels guesthouses hostels Hotels English News Services sources in Xiamen Fujian ChinaNews (CT)
Doctors Dentists Hospitals Clinics in Xiamen Jimei and Tong'an Medical & Dental
Xiamen YMCA and YWCAYMCA Volunteer! Xiamen International Christian Fellowship Expat Nondenominational interdenominational
Xiamen International Christian FellowshipXICF Fellowship 
Xiamen Churches Protestant Catholic Seventh Day Adventist Amoy Mission Missionaries AbeelChurches Islamic Muslim Mosques Ashab Quanzhou Damascus Fuzhou Xiamen
Xiamen and Fujian Buddhist Taoist Confucian Temples Mazu Manichean Hindu IslamicTemplesXiamen and Fujian Temples and Mosques  Buddhism Confucian Taoism Taoist Buddhism Mazu Matsu Meizhou IslandXiamen and Fujian  Mosques Islamic Muslim Ashab Mosque Quanzhou Fuzhou  Mohammed Disciples DamascusMosque

Xiamen Expat Association Welcome SupportExpat Groups
Hire a Maid Household help servant baomu amah etc.Maids Xiamen Emergency and Frequently used telephone numbersPhone #s

Xiamen University GuideXiamen University
Xiamen International School  International Baccalaureate ProgramXIS(Int'l School)
Study Mandarin Chinese or Minnan Dialect at Xiamen University  or with private tutorStudy Mandarin
China Studies Program Xiamen University  Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Washington D.C. Jay LundeliusCSP(China Studies)
Piano Island Music Events Xiamen Philharmonic OrchestraLibrary Xiamen Museum Library Science Center  World's largest organ museum Asia's largest piano museum China's first anthropology museum Sino Eurolpean art museum etc.Museums
History of Amoy Changchow Chinchew Zaiton Fukien etc.History
Xiamen restaurants dining western and Chinese cuisineRestaurants Xiamen Asian restaurants -- Singapore Thailand Thai Malaysian  Japanese Korean PhilippineAsian
Xiamen Vegetarian cuisine Nanputuo Temple Seventh Day Adventist Health foodVeggie Xiamen Restaurants Fast Food McDonalds KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Pizza Hut Burger King (just kidding!) Cafes Coffee shopsJunk Food
Xiamen restaurants dining western and Chinese cuisineChinese Xiamen Italian Restaurants -- over 40!  Pizza pasta cheeseItalian
Western (Internationall) Cuisine in XiamenInternationalAlien visa info -- Americans, Europeans E.T. Outer space visitors
Chinese visa and passport informationVisas 4 aliens
Hakka Earthen architecture Massage!
Hakka Earthen architecture Beaches Kite Flying in Xiamen ChinaFly Kites
Sports -- Golf, Badminton Tennis Bowling Paint BallSports Xiamen Boardwalk One of the most beautiful boardwalks in China or anywhere else.  Along the Island Ring road over 6km long so far.Boardwalk
Xiamen Parks, recreation, hiking boardwalk etcParks Xiamen Museum Library Science Center etcPets
Bird watching in Xiamen Amoy  SwinhoeBirdwatching
Martial arts Chinese Kung FuKung Fu Hiking around Xiamen BushwalksHiking
Piano Island Music Events Xiamen Philharmonic OrchestraMusic Events
Chinese festivals and culture minnanFestival&Culture
Chinese Jokes Humor Funny China photosHumor&Chinese Jokes Humor Funny China photosFun Fotosfunny photos of China
Doing Business Invest in Xiamen Fujian ChinaDoing Business
Work or teach in Xiamen, Quanzhou or other Fujian schools and universities  English French RussianJobs!(teach/work)
Hire permanent or temporary workers labor craftsmen maids tutorsHire Workers
Foreign Companies in Xiamen Joint Ventures Foreign Companies
China International Fair for Investment and Trade and Cross Straits Exchanges
CIFIT (Trade Fair)
Common Talk Xiamen Dailys Weekly English SupplementMTS(Translation)

Back to Top