Behind the curtain of Art fraud: Chinese artist accused in $80 million faked paintings

Pei-Shen Qian, a struggling Chinese artist in New York, has been alleged as faking dozens of paintings by the likes of Jackson Pollock, William de Kooning, and Mark Rothko.
In the early 1990s, Qian immigrated to the U.S to expand his art career. Due to language problem, he set to selling paintings on the streets of lower Manhattan. The boyfriend of Long Island art dealer Glafira Rosales discovered Qian on the Street. Glafira Rosales asked Qian to copy works from famous painters. Later, Glafira sold the works to the galleries as genuine newly discovered masterpieces for millions dollar. Knoedler & Company, one of the historical galleries in New York was also included in the list. However, Knoedler & Company claimed that they are only an international collector. The alleged forger, Qian has returned to China.
According to the statement of U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, “Glafira Rosales gave new meaning to the phrase ‘artful dodger’ by avoiding taxes on millions of dollars in income from dealing in fake artworks for fake client.” Art fraud becomes a serious issue, which led to the questioning of buyers and the investigation of FBI.


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