He was born in 1939 in China, to Chenggu, a village in the northern province of Shanxi in the middle of Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). His father worked in the Kuomintang in Beijing.
In 1957 he was accepted at the Central Academy of Art and Crafts in Beijing. Although there learned of the "Soviet realism" in its course, it is this period that he discovered the works of Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani. The paintings of these artists, he has inspired new themes and new techniques.
The summer before his final year of study, he went on the Huang He ( "Yellow River") to paint the cradle of Chinese civilization. Arrived on site at the poverty he discovered, he decided to return to Beijing. The "shock" that this trip afforded him, was born he will not paint that good things in life.
After graduating from the Academy in 1962, he was appointed to teach at the Yunnan Art Institute in Kunming. There, he painted during the night of abstract paintings, which would certainly have been unacceptable to the Chinese government. Therefore, to avoid being arrested by authorities in his country, he forced himself to destroy his work each morning.
Although residents of Kunming have more freedom than he has ever seen himself before, his progressive and modern vision did not fail to attract the attention of local authorities. Thus he was suspended from his job as professor of art in 1967, when rumors of his imminent arrest was heard, he escaped to the north of China. He found refuge in Buddhist monasteries of Gansu, where he studied ancient sculpture they contain. Later he went to Dunhuang, step caravans of the Silk Road of the fourth century to the thirteenth century, where this time he studied painting walls and ceilings of more than 400 caves.
Living in the United States since 1980 (in Los Angeles - California), his work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, in Japan, in Canada, in Greece, to Hong Kong or in Taiwan. [wikipedia
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