Contemporary Chinese Brush Artists (2)

>  > >  Artist: Meng Xiangshun

- Master of Tiger Painting

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 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. Men Xiangshun is particularly known for his fine paintings of Tigers but is also renown for many other forms such as landscape, etc.  He also painted with other famous artists such as paintings with Fan Zeng and painting with Yao Youdou

Tiger Painting by famous artist Meng Xiangshun
Tiger Painting by famous artist Meng Xiangshun

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> > > Artist: Zhao Wei

- Master of Landscape

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.

Modern Landscape by artist Zhao Wei
Modern Landscape by artist Zhao Wei


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> > >  Artist: Liu Cun Hui

Liu Cun Hui 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.

Bird and flowers painting by artist Liu Cunhui
Bird and flowers painting by artist Liu Cunhui


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> > > Artist:  Henry Wo Yue-Kee

Mr. Wo was born in Quangdong, China. Wo studied art in China and Hong Kong with Prof. Chao Shao-An. The artist came to live in Hong Kong in his 20s. After traveling and exhibiting widely in Asia, Australia, Canada and the U.S., in 1975 Mr. Wo moved to the United States. Wo now lives in Virginia in the U.S. where he continues to teach, paint and exhibit. Wo is an admirer of nature. Every one of his paintings is a poem in praise of the wonders and beauty of nature. His painting reflect his deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and for the beauty in all living things. Among the more familiar themes of his paintings are birds, flowers, landscapes and animals and plants often represented in their natural surroundings. Wo is particularly a master of the many forms of the lotus, which are often represented in his paintings.

Lotus painting by artist Henry Wo Yue-Kee
Lotus painting by artist Henry Wo Yue-Kee

Enjoying The Pond, 1992
33x18 in.(84x46 cm)

Mr. Wo is a master of strong brush strokes, which are softened by luxuriant use of color and numerous washes. These combine to give his watercolors a dreamlike, eretheral quality which he achieves by detailing only the main subject matter in his paintings but leaving much of the composition loosely representational, a technique which combines eastern and western artistic elements.

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> > > Artist:  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.

Chicken painting by artist: Luo Suya
Chicken painting by artist: Luo Suya (Soraya Runckel)