Mr. Zeng Yi is a world-renowned master photographer, curator and social activist living in China, who has received the highest honor and achievement recognition from the State Council of China with special government allowance. He holds many positions, such as Senior Professor and Graduate advisor of Shandong University of Art and Design, Art Director of Zeng Yi International Imaging Gallery, President of the Eastern International Photography Art Association, Executive Chairman of Silk Road Photographic Organization International Alliance (SRPOIA) and Academician of Honor, Academy of Fine Arts of Florence.
He has earned numerous awards internationally and domestically since the 1960’s, such as Cultural Center of Asia Award by UNESCO, Ross International Photography Award for Outstanding Contribution by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Sungkyunkwan Art Award in Korea, Outstanding Contributors Award （ESFIAP）from International Federation of Photographic Art(FIAP). Since 1990s, he held a world tour exhibition“Zeng Yi Photography Exhibition” in United States, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Malta, Albania and other countries, and conducted lectures and academic exchanges. Nearly 100 pieces of his work have been collected by museums and art galleries all over the world. Zeng Yi has edited and published more than twenty documentary and photography books and albums, including “The Great Saint Confucius”, “Picasso, The Great Master of The Century”, “Contemporary International Photography Excellent Works Collection”, “Classic Works of International Professional Photographers” , “The Vivian’s Code”, “Portrait Collection of World Celebrities--Yousuf Karsh” as well as his personal works collection , such as “The Hometown” and “Destiny”. He has served as the judge/juror for many international and domestic competitions and engaged in curating and organizing major exhibitions and international culture exchanges.
Since the 1980s, the "Chinese Confucius Culture Photography Exhibition" planned and presided over by him has toured in the United States, Korea, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and other countries. He has successfully planned and presided over many significant activities at home and abroad, such as “International Peace Year National Youth Photography Competition”, “The First National Top Ten Young Photographers”, “Qingdao International Environmental Protection Conference”, “Jinan International Photography Biennial”, “American Professional Photographers Association PPA Video Asia Conference”, “Qilu International Photography week ”, “International Symposium on Mozi pinhole imaging”, “The Fifth FIAP Photo Meeting”, “Silk Road Photographic Organization International Cooperation Summit”.
Meanwhile he curated “Picasso Print China Tour”, “French Impressionist Painting Exhibition ”, “Oil painting exhibition of Repin Academy of fine arts, Russia ”, “From Da Vinci to Picasso , European and American classic art exhibition ”as well as the original exhibition of Yousuf Karsh, Josef Koudelka, James Natchwey, Vivian Maier, Lang Jingshan, Zhang Zhaotang and moderated the relative academic forums. In August 2017, Zeng Yi planned and made “The Fifth FIAP Photo Meeting” being successfully held in China (Shandong). At the same time he initiated the establishment of Silk Road Photographic Organization International Alliance (SRPOIA) composed of 39 countries, which has had widespread influence in all over the world.
January 18, 2020 Zeng Yi is awarded the title of Academic of Honor by Academy of Fine arts of Florence, the world's highest Academy of fine arts, it is the first time in history that Chinese artists have won this honor.