Lu Cong (陆琮华) is a contemporary American portrait artist. He was born in Shanghai, in February 1978. He is regarded by many as one of the most distinctive young artists to recently emerge from the American West. Lu Cong paintings center around the faces of his carefully chosen subjects. His style pays homage to 18th Century Romantics, yet it is unmistakably conceived in and relevant to the contemporary era. His portraits do not simply capture the physical and emotional state of the subject, rather they beckon to establish the complicated psychological interactions that ensue when one comes face to face with the sensual, the inexplicable, and the unsettling.
Lu Cong was born in Shanghai, China in 1979. At the age of eleven he joined his parents in Muscatine, Iowa near the Quad Cities area. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in biology he moved to Denver, CO in 2000 with very limited art training. Since 2002 he has exhibited at the Denver Art Students League and participated in life drawing sessions there. As an artist he is mainly self-taught. The undeniable power and strength of his compositions affects all who view his work. Today he is considered one of the most important young artists in the southwestern United States.