Famous Chinese artist Wang Qizhi will hold his first international solo exhibition at Asia House in London this spring, allowing audiences to see paintings covering the past 50 years of China’s modern history.
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Opening Night: Monday, April 29, 6-8pm
Regular Hours: Tuesday, April 30 – Saturday, May 11
‘Landscapes of China‘ is a two-week exhibition highlighting Wang Qizhi’s unique painting style. Over Qizhi’s almost 60-year career, he has personalized his art by integrating Chinese brushstrokes and artistic concepts with Western oil painting. His pieces depict various elements of China’s changing landscapes over the past several decades, including architecture, famous landmarks, and scenes from everyday life.
In addition to the main selection of artwork, the exhibition will also present a portrait of Mao Zedong similar to the famous painting hanging in Tiananmen Square, which Qizhi painted for over 20 years.
Although Qizhi has held several exhibitions in China, including a show at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, this is his first international exhibition. He hopes to share his artwork with a new audience and allow them the opportunity to experience art that covers the past 50 years of China’s history.
About the Artist
Wang Qizhi was born in Yexian County, Shandong Province, China in 1930. His father, Wang Shikuo, was one of the founders of modern Chinese fine art, so Qizhi’s love for painting developed at an early age. After entering North University’s fine art department in 1949, he continued his study at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts until graduating in 1951. Wang Qizhi is well-known for his oil paintings of Chinese landscapes, his traditional Chinese paintings of peaches, pandas, and tigers, and his portraits of high-ranking government officials like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. His most internationally recognized work is that of the Mao Zedong portrait hanging in Tiananmen Square, of which he was one of the main artists in the 1950s and 60s.