Lin Kuang is president of Art Discovery Institute, in Fairfax, Virginia, and is its senior art history researcher. He manages the organization and its art research activities, exhibitions, and publications. Mr. Kuang began collecting in 1997 and built a significant collection of paintings of Chinese, the European Renaissance, the Barbizon’s, and oil paintings of the so-called “China Trade.” He has read and studied widely in the field of art history, particularly in Chinese art and Renaissance, and is a scholar of the work of the Northern and Southern Song Dynasties and Leonardo da Vinci. He has developed original theories in the areas of classical compositional studies and mathematical principles (golden ratio of angles) called Qi Yun Model (氣韻模型).
Mr. Kuang has published numerous articles and essays on Chinese art history, and Renaissance. His 2014 book, On the Scientific Nature and Uniqueness of Premodern Chinese Landscape Painting: And on the Golden Ratio Geometric Model and Traditional Methodologies as Mutual Complements was recently published on the Create Space Independent Publishing Platform. He began work in the United States as an independent art researcher in 2000, and has served both individual collectors and institutions. In 1991, Mr. Kuang graduated from Graduate School of Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin China, a Master of Science in Computer Science from South Eastern University in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Heilongjiang Guangbo-Dianshi University in Harbin, China. Since 1996, he has worked as senior system analyst and programmer with a number of national and federal financial, healthcare and standard-setting industry institutions, including the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS), Navy Federal Credit Union, and United Senior Health Cooperative
Robert G. Joseph is vice president and a founding director of Art Discovery Institute in Fairfax, Virginia, serving on its Board of Directors. He is a senior diplomat and collector whose collection focuses on early American arts and historical artifacts, with particular emphasis on materials related to first President of the United States George Washington, and his time. Dr. Joseph resides in a historic mansion in Virginia. He is an art consultant with ADI and one of its researchers in the areas of early American art and China Trade oil paintings.
Dr. Joseph is a senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Under Secretary, Arms Control and International Security in the U.S. Department of State, having been nominated by President George W. Bush in 2004. At the time of his nomination, Dr. Joseph was senior scholar and director of studies at the National Institute. Prior to that appointment, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation and Homeland Defense at the National Security Council; professor of National Security Studies at National Defense University and director/founder of its Center for Counterproliferation Research; U.S. Commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission and Ambassador to the U.S.-Russian Consultative Commission on Nuclear Testing; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense; and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. He has been the "principal State officer for non- and counter- proliferation matters, as well as for arms control, arms transfers, regional security and defense relations, and security assistance." Dr. Joseph received his MA from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has held assistant professor positions at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tulane University, Missouri State University, and Carleton College.
Quan Yang is Art Discovery Institute’s chief technology officer. Yang oversees ADI’s grants administration and payment system technical infrastructure, its financial, contract and purchasing support system, and asset management system, providing overall technical support on their databases and applications to ensure smooth operations on behalf of ADI and its clients. Mr. Yang is an independent consultant to a number of multinational corporations, specializing in Oracle databases, applications and servers with a number of professional and education certifications. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Southeastern University; a diploma in International Business Management from the People’s University, Beijing, China; and a B.A. in English from Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China.
Nanben Zhou is a consulting art history researcher and Chinese senior editor with Art Discovery Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. Zhou was a researcher with Lu Xun Museum in Beijing, China, and senior editor of the Lu Xun Academy Journal for two decades, from 1991 to 2010. Prior to 1991, Zhou was editor for the Hunan People’s publisher, Hunan Province, China. Zhou joined Art Discovery Institute in 2010.
Shen Zhaomin is contemporary art advisor of Art Discovery Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Shen is a senior consultant in ADI’s Art Conservation department, and a visiting instructor of master classes in Calligraphy in the Institute School of Art. Mr. Shen resides in Huzhou City, Zhenjiang Province, China, where he has been senior painter with the Huzhou City Calligraphy and Painting Academy since 1990. He is a member of the China Calligraphy Association.