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Lotus, 1998 
68 x 68 cm.

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Liu Cunhui

Liu Cunhui was born in Beijing in 1955 and is a graduate from the Arts Department of Beijing Education College. Mr. Liu became interested in art at a very young age and studied with the master Lou Shibai.  Mr. Liu is know for his mastery of freehand style and in the representation of flowers, birds and landscapes. He is particularly known for his efforts to integrate traditional and modern styles through the use of new techniques.  Mr. Liu has gained recognition throughout China  for his effort to promote general art appreciation in China where his program on the art of brush painting is routinely aired on the Beijing TV Channel "Golden Hours" program.  In 1994, his teaching was captured in a multi set series of videotapes titled  "The Rudiments of Chinese Ink and Wash", which is distributed by the Chinese National Video Publishing House.  Mr. Liu is a winner of many prizes and commendations including the Golden Prizes in the 11th National Arts Exhibition in South Korea in 1993 and the 1998 Sino-Japan Art Exchange in 1998 in addition to numerous Chinese competitions. He is now a senior Professor and artist at the Beijing Education College's Chaoyang Branch.

Meng Xiangshun was born in 1956 in Tonghua, Jilin Province.  Mr. Meng graduated from the Chinese Painting Dept. of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1985.  Over the next years, he studied with Li Keran, Yao Youduo, Li Xingjian and Jia Youfu.  He is now Vice President of the Beifang Painting Society.  Meng Xiangshun’s work was displayed at the Sixth National Art Exhibition where his art was given a high award.  Meng Xiangshun is particularly known for his fine paintings of  Tigers but is also renown for many other forms such as landscape, etc.

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Yao Youdou and Meng Xiangshun

Yao Youduo was born in 1937 in Zhejiang Province.  He graduated from the Chinese Painting Dept. of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1959.  He is now a member of the Chinese Artists’ Association, Deputy Director of the Chinese Painting Art Committee and a Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Versions of Arhats, 1998
100 x 180 cm.

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei was born in 1957 in Beijing. His family are of the Bai minority from Yunnan. Zhao Wei graduated from the Chinese Department of Beijing Normal University in 1985. In that same year his painting won an award for the Year of International Youth Celebration. After that, Zhao Wei has earned many more awards and recognitions all over China and abroad, most notably the Department of Culture entitled him "National Artist of the First Class" in 1999..

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Vilage by the Water, 1998  
90 x 48 cm.

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Luo Suya (Soraya Runckel)

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, the daughter of a noted architect/artist renown for his works on Thai architecture, Soraya developed her deep interest in drawing and painting at an early age.  She paints in watercolor, pen&ink and Chinese Brush paintings.  Soraya studied Chinese brush painting for 13 years.  She lived and worked in Beijing, China, from 1996 to 1999.  Soraya's works have been exhibited extensively, in Thailand, England, USA, Vietnam and China.

Jin Hongjun

Mr. Jin Hongjun was born in 1937 and is a native of Beijing.  His family are descendants of the Emperors of the Qing Dynasty.  He studied Chinese painting with many well-known artists such as Li Kuchan and Li Keran in the Chinese Painting Department, Central Art College of China.  As a professional artist at the Beijing Painting Institute, Professor Jin particularly specialized in fine brushwork.  His paintings have been collected by the China National Art Museum and by the Chinese government and many important organizations.  One of them was elected into the 13th Exhibition of SECO of the U.N.  Jin Hongjun also was invited to visit India and to teach in Japan plus to participate in art exhibitions of his works in the U.S., Singapore, Korea, Canada, Thailand and other countries.

Cui Zifan

Mr. Cui Zifan was born in 1915 in Shandong Province.  He has devoted himself to the study of freehand Chinese painting for flowers and Birds.  In his paintings, flowers, birds, and landscapes all have his strong personal characteristic style of freehand.  Mr. Cui studied with Qi Baishi, the master of Chinese Painting.  His works have been displayed at exhibitions throughout China and his art collected by the China National Art Museum, the People’s Great Hall of China and other important Museums.  One of his works won the First prize in the Beijing Art Exhibition.  Mr. Cui has published several albums of his painting.  He now is the vice-president of the Chinese Art Institute and a member of the Chinese Art Association.

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