Work by the ‘genius’ Chinese artist who can paint like Pollock and Rothko too

The revelation that a single painter living in Queens, New York created all the Modern forgeries sold by Glafira Rosales has astonished many in the trade. One scholar called the forger “a genius” for his ability to mimic each Abstract Expressionist’s unique style. The New York Times identified the artist as Pei-Shen Qian, 73, a struggling Chinese immigrant involved with Shanghai’s experimental art scene in the 1970s. Pei-Shen studied at the Art Students League in New York and appeared in a handful of exhibitions on the East Coast in the 1980s, but failed to gain renown in the US. Rosales’s partner reportedly discovered him selling art on the street in downtown Manhattan in the 1990s and commissioned the fake works for around $6,000 each. Pei-Shen Qian has not been arrested or charged with any wrongdoing and it is believed he painted the works as copies in good faith. Meanwhile, Pei-Shen’s original art was on show as recently as June. He was included in a group exhibition, “Masters of Hai Pai”, at Xiang Jiang Gallery in Shanghai. —Julia Halperin, Sammi Liu and Helen Stoilas