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Works by Sebastian Alterera

  • Monday, March 5, 2012
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  • Works by Sebastian Alterera 


    By age four, Sebastian Andreas Alterera knew he wanted to be an artist. Born in New York City in 1964, Alterera spent the early years of his life painting, drawing and learning to play classical guitar. However, this carefree world came to a tragic halt when Alterera’s father unexpectedly passed away when the artist was only 15 years old. With no stable source of income, Alterera’s family was thrust into poverty, and his mother decided that they seek better fortune across the country in San Francisco. This profound loss provided Alterera with an early appreciation for the things in life that are truly important. For example, his art began to reflect the influence of nature on the human mind. The architecture, mountains and ocean in and around San Francisco became an infinite source of inspiration. When the time came, Alterera was accepted into the BFA program at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. His talent was recognized immediately, earning him the Best of Ringling Award two years in a row. Once again, Alterera’s art was fortified by the beaches and water in the area. Upon graduating from Ringling, Alterera entered the MFA program at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. After receiving his MFA there in 1992, he disembarked for further studies in Naples, Italy.

    Alterera’s painting flourished in Naples, inspired by the culture and heritage of that region. Taught by the modern master Vaugel, Alterera refined his style and technique, and realized his particular gift for rendering realistic figures. He also began sharing his talents by teaching figure painting to a bevy of students, many of which became professional artists themselves. After spending seven years in Italy,Alterera returned to the U.S., and made a home in Atlanta.

    Alterera’s work has evolved dramatically over the years. Although he still prefers to work with the human figure, he has moved on from realistic figures to dynamic, figurative abstracts that reflect the natural colors and lines propelling so much of his motivation and vision. Alterera was introduced at ArtExpo, New York 2000, and to this day his work is met with enthusiastic response.

    Beautiful Steel - Life of Kristeen Verge

  • Monday, February 6, 2012
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  • Kristeen Verge
    Tulip Consciousness  

    Kristeen Verge
    Pleasantly Plump     

     Kristeen Verge
    Hidden Treasures   

    Kristeen Verge

    Kristeen Verge
    Dancing Tree


    Kristine Verge- 1950-2009

    The paintings in this collection represent the remaining original fine art pieces of Kristeen Verge which are now available to the public for purchase.

    Kristeen Verge held a BA in Graphic design and illustration and was a successful practicing artist for 28 years. She was also an active member of the FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists). Her artwork is collected across North America and Europe.

    Her artwork is bright and bold. Known for her close-up semi-abstract florals, Verge also interprets landscapes, seascapes, homes and cats in her unique style. Her expression ranges from impressionist to illustrative...

    "Colours, brushes, canvases...and I’m in timelessness; free to express my passion. The rich reds, purples, yellows and greens mingle to create semi-abstract bold and uplifting fine art. As a professional artist, my intention is to impart the viewer with artwork that will make ones heart sing!" -K. Verge

    Hao Ping Creations

  • Thursday, January 19, 2012
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  • Hao Ping Creations

    Hao Ping - born 1952

    Hao Ping I
    Chinese Printmaking Today - Article
    Chinese Printmaking Today - Article
    Mr. Hao Ping
    copyright Hao Ping
    In May 2003, we at artelinoreceived our first modern Chinese art prints. We were amazed and are beginning to learn about contemporary Chinese printmaking and artists. Hao Ping is one of them - an established artist, whose works were shown in a great number of exhibitions inside and outside of China. His art works are in possession of Chinese, Korean, British and US museums.
    We received the information on this page about Hao Ping from our partner in China. The last section titledOur Personal Impression reflects our personal opinion based on the prints we see.

    The Career of Hao Ping

    Hao Ping was born in Yunnan in China. In 1980 he graduated from the Department of Fine Art of Yunnan Art College.
    In 1986, he fulfilled studies at Central Fine Art College. In 1990, Hao Ping became a member of the evaluation committee of the National Youth Print grand exhibition. And in 1992 he became jury member of another important print and painting exhibition committee.
    Hao Ping is a member of different Chinese artist associations - the Chinese Fine Artist Association and the Chinese Print Artist Association.

    Exhibitions in China and Abroad

    Hao Ping II
    Chinese Prints - Article
    Chinese Prints - Article
    Moonlight in Forest, 1998
    copyright Hao Ping
    Prints and paintings by Hao Ping were widly exhibited in China, the United States, Japan and Europe. The following national and international exhibition events were listed - some without mentioning a year:
    • Chinese modern print painting exhibition - Japan
    • Modern Chinese print painting exhibition - U.S.A.
    • China Yunan multiple color painting exhibition - U.S.A.
    • Yunan contemporary multiple color painting exhibition of 8 artists - France
    • Yunan painting school painting exhibition - France
    • 1992 - European Community art festival fine art work exhibition - Netherlands
    • 1994 - Hao Ping personal work exhibition - Germany
    Exhibition events in China:
    • 1983 - prominent work award at the 8th national print exhibition
    • 1985 - granted with print world prize
    • 1989 - copper award of the 7th national fine art exhibition
    • 1990 - granted with print world award and Lu Hsun medal
    • 1992 - 11th national print exhibition
    • 1994 - copper award of the 12th national print exhibition
    • 1996 - gold award of the 13th national print painting exhibition
    • 1998 - 14th national print painting exhibition


    The works of the artist are in the possession of several museums in China and abroad.
    • 1998 - China Fine Art Museum
    • 1990 - Asia Pacific Museum, U.S.A.
    • 1991 - Hsiangsheng Forest Fine Art Museum, Japan
    • 1994 - Shenchun Fine Art Museum
    • 1996 - Kiangsu Fine Art Museum
    • 1996 - Lu Hsun Fine Art Museum
    • 1996 - British Woodcut Foundation
    • 1998 - Shenchou Print Museum

    Our Personal Impression

    Hao Ping III
    Chinese Prints - Home
    Chinese Prints - Home
    Flying Dance, 1995
    copyright Hao Ping
    When we saw prints by Hao Ping for the first time, we were astonished. We had never seen anything comparable before. A world of dreams is unfolding in front of one's eyes. Strong colors and exotic forms, fairy-like female bodies seem to hover in front of you.
    The impressiveness of Hao Ping's print works are underlined by their large sizes - from 60/60 cm (23.4/23.4 inches) to 90/90 cm (35/35 inches). The artist seems to prefer quadratic formats. All prints are limited editions with edition sizes from 30 to 200. They are signed, dated and numbered by the artist and were made in woodcut technique with multiple color blocks and personally printed by the artist on offset paper.
    With auction prices starting at $120 (note: this price was in 2003; now prices are considerably higher) for a print of the size of 60/60 cm, these prints are available at a fraction of what a collector would have to pay for a print by a contemporary Japanese, European or American artist of a comparable international reputation.
    We at artelino do not recommend to buy art as a financial investment. But if the protection of your financial expenses is an aspect for you, contemporary Chinese prints from artists like Hao Ping are definitely a hot recommendation. For a little bit more than what you would have to pay for a poster, you get an original work of art by a renowned artist, signed and numbered - what more could you want?!
    Dieter Wanczura
    (May 2003, updated May 2009)
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    Most of Yunnan Artists

  • Sunday, January 8, 2012
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  • Most of Yunnan Artists

    Yunnan Artists I
    Chinese Prints - Home
    Chinese Prints - Home
    Lu Runeng, May - 1998
    copyright Lu Runeng
    Over the last 10-20 years, contemporary Chinese artists from the Southern province of Yunnan have acquired great fame as a flourishing art center - especially for modern art prints. First exhibitions have been held outside China. Western art critics and museum curators are beginning to speak of the "Yunnan Art School".
    The images on this page are link-sensitive and take you to other articles or web sites in which you might be interested.

    Artists from Yunnan

    On this page artelino introduces some of the artists of the Yunnan Art School. This is only a small selection of course.

    Hao Ping - born 1952

    Yunnan Artists II
    Hao Ping - Biography
    Hao Ping - Biography
    Hao Ping, Pray - 1991
    copyright Hao Ping
    Hao Ping was born in Yunnan in China. In 1980 he graduated from the Department of Fine Art of Yunnan Art College. He is one of the figure heads of the Yunnan Art School. Hao Ping had several exhibitions outside China - in Japan, USA, France and Germany. His works are in the possession of museums in the USA and in Japan. Hao Ping's prints are made in woodcut technique with thick, bright oil colors.
    The artist's favorite subjects are women in gorgeous costumes from the ethnic minority people in Yunnan. He uses flat, large areas, sometimes of nearly cubist forms. But his designs remain always very figurative. Art friends who like strong colors, will get passionate with Hao Ping art works.

    Lu Runeng - born 1940

    Yunnan Artists III
    Lu Runeng - Biography
    Lu Runeng - Biography
    Lu Runeng, Spinning - 1990
    copyright Lu Runeng
    Lu Runeng was born in Kunming in Yunnan province. In 1995 he graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Academy. Presently he works as a painter of the Qujing Art Institute.
    The print on display, titled "Spinning" won the Golden Prize of the 10th National Chinese Print Exhibition in 1990.

    Ma Li - born 1958

    Yunnan Artists IV
    Ma Li Biography
    Ma Li Biography
    Ma Li, Colors of Mountains, 2003
    copyright Ma Li
    Ma Li was born in Yunnan Province, China. Since 1986 he has exhibited widely in China, Japan and also in the UK. The artist works primarily in the woodcut reduction print technique. His work is very colorful and depicts the life of the rural minority communities in Yunnan. Ma Li teaches at the Simao University and has held workshops in woodblock reduction technique in Bristol, UK.
    Favorite motifs of Ma Li are mountains and its inhabitants. He has been attracted by mountains since he was a child. For him they are a place of mystery and fascination. In Yunnan with mountains as high as 6,000 meters - one of them has never been conquered by man yet - Ma Li finds the perfect environment for his inspirations.

    Shi Yi - born 1939

    Yunnan Artists V
    Shi Yi - Biography
    Shi Yi - Biography
    Shi Yi, Winter Moon, 1999
    copyright Shi Yi
    Shi Yi is professor at Yunnan Art College. His media is the woodcut. The printing technique used by him, is wet water printing, a specifically Chinese method that produces watercolor-like image. Shi Yi belongs to the major representatives of Yunnan Art School. His works are not only in Chinese museums, but in some major Western museums as well. The artist has exhibited in the U.S.A. and in Europe.
    The world of Shi Yi is the subtropical scene in Southern Yunnan along the Mekong river. His images take us to a perfect and intact environment and make us dream of Shangri La. Is it a dream or does Shangri La exist?

    Yang Yongsheng - born 1967

    by Yang YongshengYunnan Artists VI
    Yang Yongsheng - Biography
    Yang Yongsheng - Biography
    Lake at far Distance, 1991
    copyright Yang Yongsheng
    Yang Yongsheng was born in Yujing, Yunnan province. He graduated from the Print Department of Yunnan Fine Art Academy. Presently he is director of Qujing Print Institute. His art works are in Chinese and Japanese museums. Yang Yongsheng received awards at art exhibitions in Yunnan and in Canada.
    By spring time of 2004, we at artelino have seen only three prints by Yang Yongsheng. They are characterized by vibrant designs and color combinations. Yang Yongsheng print images create moods. Hasui Kawase would have liked them. (...and would have bought them in artelino auctions - smile!)

    Zhang Xiaochun - born 1959

    Yunnan Artists VII
    Zhang Xiaochun - Biography
    Zhang Xiaochun - Biography
    Zhang Xiaochun, Go Out, 1996
    copyright Zhang Xiaochun
    Zhang Xiaochun was born in Mojiang, in Yunnan province. In 1980 he graduated from Simao Art School (Yunnan) and in 1984 from Yunnan Fine Art Academy. The artist has received several outstanding, national Chinese awards. His art works are in the collections of several Chinese art museums.
    Zhang Xiaochun works in different styles. Some of his art works remind of French Fauvism or German Expressionism. We at artelino like especially his depictions of tribal people in yellow-brown-red colors. We have never seen anything similar before.
    Dieter Wanczura
    (April 2004, updated November 2009)
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    Works by Li Xiu

  • Monday, December 26, 2011
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  • Works by Li Xiu

    Li Xiu - born 1943

    Limpid Water No. 2, 1991
    Limpid Water No. 2, 1991
    copyright Li Xiu
    Li Xiu is outstanding among China's leading artists in more than one way. First of all she is an excellent printmaker, secondly she is a woman artist and thirdly she belongs to the Yi ethnic minority in Yunnan.

    Back Home after Graduation

    The artistic breakthrough came for Li Xiu with a print titled Back Home after Graduation. It shows a girl from the ethnic Yi minority at her arrival by train back home. The print was done in 1977 and is kept in the style of the period - the style well-known from the Chinese propaganda posters. The image is beautiful and the art work made Li Xiu famous. The print was first shown at a national Chinese exhibition celebrating the "50th anniversary of China Prints". Later the art work went on a tour to France where it was shown to the French people.
    After "Back Home after Graduation", Li Xiu began to work on several new series that turned out to be quite spectacular. They were titled "Ah, what a Horse Caravan" (1982), "The Quiet Lugu Lake" (1982). "The Years Dragging Long" (1984), "The Hengduan Mountains" (1988) or "Limpid Water" (1991).
    Since "Back Home after Graduation" Li Xiu has experienced a great career as an artist and as an outstanding woman coming from an ethnic minority. Since then she has engaged herself not only in arts, but also in social and political issues promoting and supporting the role of women and ethnic minorities in China.

    Editions, Technique and Style

    November, 1990
    November, 1990
    copyright Li Xiu
    Li Xiu's art style is not uninfluenced from what is today called the Yunnan Art School in modern printmaking. This term describes a certain direction in printmaking that has been born in Yunnan province and has over the last years become famous outside China as well. The common bonds are the use of strong and vibrant colors and the focus on depicting the exotic landscapes and the life and customs of a great variety of ethnic minority groups in this South-West province of China.
    Li Xiu prints with rather thick oil-based inks comparable to the way how Hao Ping works - another artist from Yunnan. The edition size is small as usual for Chinese artists - at least for the 1980s and 1990s and the beginning of the new millennium. And as usual for Chinese artists, the prints are titled, dated, numbered and signed.
    The art prints by Li Xiu have been a real challenge regarding the display of the images on the internet. The dark colors in connection with the use of glossy oil-based colors are a nightmare for a photographer. The images that we present you in our auctions of Li Xiu prints are in our view overall pretty good and close to the real thing. But nevertheless, we have the feeling that the actual prints are by far more impressive than the display of the digital images.
    The prices of Li Xiu's art prints are not quite cheap. The artist has made only few prints per year. And the edition size is low. We regard the potential for future increases in value as high. Serious collectors of modern Chinese prints should not miss to take several prints by Li Xiu into their portfolio.

    Milestones of an Artist Career

    • 1964 - Graduation from the middle school associated with Yunnan Academy of Fine Arts.
    • 1968 - Graduation from the printmaking department of Guangxi Academy of Fine Arts.
    • 1980 - Admission to the Yunnan College of Arts for her woodcut creation.
    • 1980 - Elected as a member of the China Printmakers Associations.
    • 1985 - Elected as a member of China Artists Associations.
    • 1992 - Invited for a visit to the United States of America.
    • 1993 - Invited to visit Japan.
    • 1993 - Li Xiu was elected as a permanent member of the 7th Political Negotiation Committee of Yunnan Province.
    • 1998 - She was elected a permanent member of the 9th Standing Committee of the NPC (?) and vice-director of the National Minority Art Promotion Committee.
    • 2001 - Li Xiu was invited to visit Britain, France, Italy, Austria and other countries.
    Currently the artist works as a senior art teacher at Yunnan College of Arts.


    Limpid Water No. 1, 1991
    Limpid Water No. 1, 1991
    copyright Li Xiu
    Li Xiu's art works have been regularly selected for the top art shows in China. For printmakers these are the annual National Print Exhibitions and the annual National Art Exhibitions. These art shows are juried. The artist has attended the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th National Art Exhibition and the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th National Prints Exhibition. Apart from these annual major events, there are the following art shows that should be mentioned:
    • 1988 - Solo show at China Art Gallery.
    • 1992 - Solo show in Taiwan.
    • 1985 - "Ten Female Printmakers" exhibition held by Chinese Artists Association.
    • 1991 - The art work "Suspended Moon" was selected to attend the "Chinese Modern Art Exhibition" held by the Chinese Art Museum in Japan.
    • 1993 - "Corona around the Mountain" was selected for the art show "30th Anniversary of Unique Collection Exhibition" in celebration of the establishment of the Chinese Art Museum.
    • 1995 - The art works "Suspended moon" and "Limpid Water" were selected to attend the "Donated Artworks Exhibition of Famous Artists" held by the Yan and Huang Emperors Art Museum.
    • 1995 - "July" was selected was selected for "Chinese Exquisite Paintings Exhibition".
    • 1996 - "Limpid Water" was selected for "Chinese Modern Art Exhibition" held by the China Artists Association in Japan.
    • 1999 - Art works by Li Xiu were selected to attend a roadshow exhibition of "Fifty Chinese Woodcut Artists" held by the British Woodcut Foundation Council.
    • 2003 - Li Xiu was invited to contribute to the exhibition of "The Open Times" in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chinese Art Museum.

    Prizes and Awards

    • 1982 - The series of works "Ah, what a Horse Caravan" was awarded the first prize in the National Minorities Art Exhibition.
    • 1991 - "Auspicious Clouds" received the copper prize in the 10th National Woodcut Exhibition.
    • 1994 - "Limpid water" was awarded with the outstanding prize in the 8th National Art Exhibition.
    • 1994 - "Spirit of Flower" won the golden medal in the National Minorities Hundred-Flowers Exhibition.
    • 1997 - "The Tower" won the golden medal in the National Minorities Hundred-Flowers Exhibition.
    • 1999 - Li Xiu received the prestigious Lu Xun prize for merits in printmaking. The Lu Xun prize is one of the highest and prestigious awards in China.
    • 2001 - "The Primary Sun" received an award at the 5th National Minorities Hundred-Flowers Exhibition.
    • 2001 - Li Xiu received the "Outstanding Artist's Prize" by the National Minorities Art Promotion Committee.


    The following museums and institutions have acquired prints for their collection:
    • The Chinese Art Museum shows 7 art works.
    • The Art Museum in Sydney, Australia.
    • The Hsiang Sen Forest Art Museum in Japan has 14 of the artist's works on display.
    • The British Embassy in Beijing holds three art works by Li Xiu.
    • The Shenzhou Print Museum is in possession of three works of art.


    • 1985 - Article in the magazine "ART".
    • 1989 - Article in "China Instruction" and "Chinese Women" (in English), published in Hong Kong.
    • 1996 - "Woodcut Album of Li Xiu", ISBN 7-80586-305-9/J . 174, (in Chinese).

    A Peaceful View of the Mountains

    The following article was written by Crystal Lu and is published with friendly consent by the author and by Ms. Li Xiu. Copyright Mr. Crystal Lu. The contents expresses the personal likes and thoughts of the author about the artwork of Li Xiu. It does not necessarily represent the views of artelino.
    The first time I knew the name of Li Xiu was about 20 years ago. Her artwork "Back Home after Graduation" attracted me so much that I wrote an essay to commentate on it. The print described a girl of Yi nationality getting off the train, with great joy. She had graduated from the school and just come back home.
    The Yi nationality has a long history. The Yis have suffered a lot. They live in the remote mountains in the southwest of China. The print was created by a young printmaker - a Yi's artist from the southwest, who attracted the people's attention greatly.
    Later Li became very famous. Her works still reflected the life of the Yis and the minority areas in the southwest. During a period of time, Li, just like the most part of the painters, created a lot of prints full of the local social customs and natural beauty in a realistic way, giving high praises to everything she loved.
    In this prints collection, the pieces of works, such as "The Festival", "The Quiet Lake of LuGu", "A Suite of Paintings", "The Wind Rising", could be taken as representative of her own style. The characters of the Yi#s life, especially the Yi#s women, were depicted to a nicety, with delicate warm feeling, and the qualities of its enthusiasm were also revealed in the structures and the colors of the works. However, this kind of sentiment of realistic was used so often that her own character could not be displayed well. And her style also approached the popularity.
    In the late 1980s, Li made great progress. Her print works, "The Crossing Mountains", which was a symbol of hers, made her so successful. In the autumn of 1988, while Li was holding her own exhibition in the Chinese Art Galley, I made a rough analysis on her change of art in an article titled "From the reality to the dreamy world", saying "The Crossing Mountains" gives people different conception, pure description, peaceful poetic feeling, dreamy imagery. It seemed that the feeling from the bottom of her heart had poured out and her skill and technique in art was sublimated to a high level.
    The majestic mountains become so quiet like a spirit staring at the world with a pair of transparent but melancholy eyes. We enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains and are moved by the view, sinking into the dreamland, everything has become pure and clean.
    Art is learned by heart, not depends on eyes or hand. She surmounted towards people to emerge a new world of her own. Her artworks "The Crossing Mountains", including four pieces of works, "A Mirror of the Mountain", "The Moon Suspended in the Sky", "The Corona around the Mountain" and "The Call", describe the lake on the top of the mountain, a herd of cattle in the moon light, the clouds in the sunset and the call of a pony in the valley.
    The author emphasized to describe the horizontal mountain. The mountain presents a strong black, green and blue tone in the morning mist and the moonlight. It shows a wide and peaceful world. When you look at the painting, you will feel some kind of solitude. But the broad landscape makes you feel free from the world. When Li Xiu created these works, she was experiencing the harassment of life and was in a black mood. The purified imagery also expressed her desire of escaping from reality and having a peaceful life.
    In 1989, Li went to sketch in Tibet. She said:
    "The natural landscape there is similar to the high mountains in Yun Nan, but much more vaster and desolate. I was mostly moved by the Tibetans' religious belief and their expectation of a future life. I was attracted and walked into that world along with them."
    In 1990, Li created four pieces of woks, "The Truth", "A Second Birth", "Auspicious Cloud" and "Fortune", which were the results of this kind of spirit surfs. These four pieces of works inherit the art skills of the print of "The Crossing Mountains" in style.
    The Festival, 1988
    The Festival, 1988
    copyright Li Xiu
    But it is a pity that in Li's two pieces of works, "The Truth" and "Auspicious Clouds", the mediums of the figures and the colors of the colorful ribbon and the clouds were not depicted simply, which reduces the integrity of the works.
    "Limpid Water" are Li's recent works. The tone becomes cool, but the feeling of the prints is still quiet. I like the prints very much, especially one of the artworks. Rich and thick colors, the style tends to be lofty, which is the one that expresses the richest feeling in Li's works.
    In the woodblock reduction prints, it is known that colors should be used less, black and white should be the most important in the tone. But few artists can handle this well. After the creation of the prints of "The Crossing Mountains", she has found out a way of expressing her feelings directly in her works. Both the figures and the colors are used simply. The spirit is put into the form of the works, the colors of black and white are very concordant.
    In recent years, most of the woodblock reduction prints of Yunnan are so colorful, but Li puts a special emphasis on the colors of black and white. It is no doubt that an artist chooses a way of the vision and the language by his own style. Li Xiu insists on her pursuit in art. If she can keep on purifying the language, paying more attention to the lines and the shapes, making the structures and the colors more rhythmic, this will make her reach a new realm of art.
    Compared with those works which have been created since 1988, "The Crossing Mountains" is more sensitive. That is to say, it is more subconscious of the printmaker. There is slightly feeling reflected in both the four Tibetan pieces of works and "Limpid Water". Maybe this is related to the artist's idiom. On the other hand, Li Xiu is very introverted. But she seems to be more enthusiastic and open-minded.
    How to make an artist's creations (including the spirit and the way of language) and his own quality and character more harmonious, which will influence the creator's style and purity of art. It is necessary for the artists to think more about the problems they meet during their creation. It is said by some psychologists that the middle-age female will display some kind of male's personality, but for the artists, maybe it is not so good.
    Since 1988, the factor of the reasonableness is gradually revealed in Li's artworks, especially in "Limpid Water". Perhaps this will put some infusion of coldness into her art style, which pushes her to a state of extremity. And it is possible to resemble the style of the American woodcut maker Kent. After all, Li Xiu is a frank painter, she is not grudging in doing that.
    In my opinion, Li still has more emotions, which expends a peaceful view in the works of "The Crossing Mountains", composing it in figures. She was moved by the Tibetans' religous belief. But she does not realize that this kind of religious feeling is not proceed from reasonableness, but the feeling from the bottom of heart. The works, such as "The Crossing Mountains" and "The Truth", imply a certain kind of religious feelings.
    The former faces to the nature, the latter expresses a person's imagination of religion. Compared with these two pieces of works, "The Crossing Mountains" reveals the artist's personal comprehend, reflects more characteristic and promote the emotion to the supernatural feeling by the dialogue with the world. That is metaphysics, some kind of religious experience. If Li Xiu pursues in this way, pouring her mental state of life and feelings in her works, her art style will be more pure.

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    Major Arts of Chen Yongle

  • Saturday, December 10, 2011
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  •                                 Major Art by Chen Yongle

    Chen Yongle - born 1944

    Chen Yongle, born 1944
    Chen Yongle, born 1944
    copyright Chen Yongle
    Chen Yongle is a leading artist of what is today called the Yunnan Art School. He is among the few contemporary Chinese printmakers who can claim a series of international exhibitions. The artist works in the technique of reduction woodblock prints - printed with thick oil-based colors. Chen Yongle's works remind in technique and style of Hao Ping, another Yunnan Art School representative. Friends of Hao Ping will like Chen Yongle - and vice versa.

    Reduction Woodblock Prints

    Chen Yongle works in the technique of the reduction woodblock print. This technique uses only one woodblock to print all colors. At the end of the creation process a new edition is not possible because the states of the foregoing steps were destroyed. Yongle uses oil based inks which he applies opulent. It makes the paper surface look like a relief or oil painting. Chen Yongle's editions are from 50 to 100 copies - signed and numbered by the artist. Most prints are not dated. And most are large to very large in format with the exception of a few smaller ones. The prints vary in prices according to their sizes. The artist seems to prefer the portrait format.
    Chen Yongle's woodblock prints remind the viewer remotely of the works by Hao Ping. The application of thick oil-based colors, the use of flat areas and the common subject of showing the life of ethnic minorities are common bonds. Both artists are top representative of the Yunnan Art School - a term to describe a certain printmaking style that developed since the early 1980s in the South-Eastern province of Yunnan.


    Verticle Song
    Verticle Song
    copyright Chen Yongle
    The main theme of Yongle's art is the depiction of women from the ethnic minorities that live mainly in Southern Yunnan where China's neighbors Laos, Vietnam and Birma are not far away and where the climate is subtropical. Chen Yongle's women are depicted as a system of elegant forms and lines. Ornamental patterns dominate the arrangement of space and composition. The subjects look so poetic, almost mystic, although the basic design is simple.


    • President of the Yunnan Research Institute of Fine Art
    • Member of Chinese Artists Association
    • Member of Chinese Graphic Artists Association
    • Member of the Association of the Artists of Chinese Craft and Art

    Major Exhibitions

    Qin Rhyme
    Qin Rhyme
    copyright Chen Yongle
    • 1978 - "The Place of War" was selected for the exhibition of the National Military Print Works.
    • 1979 - "Pero Praise" was selected for the exhibition of National Art of the 30th Commemoration of the foundation of the People's Republic of China.
    • 1984 - "Heaving" won the copper prize of the 6th National Art Exhibition.
    • 1984 - "Wong of Peacock" was selected for the 6th National Art Exhibition.
    • 1986 - Exhibition of Yunnan prints in Australia.
    • 1987 - Exhibition of modern Chinese prints and exhibition of Yunnan Print Works in Japan.
    • 1989 - "Silver Fruit" - Copper prize of the 7th National Art Exhibition.
    • 1990 - Exhibition of twelve Yunnan artists organized by the Japan Educational Fund.
    • 1990 - "Silver Fruit" won the Gold prize of the Japan-China Prints Foundation Fund.
    • 1990 - Chen Yongle's works were published in the book "Annual Chinese Prints" and his name was added to the dictionary of Chinese contemporary artists.
    • 1990 - "Rice of Thai Nationality" was displayed at the 10th National Exhibition of Graphic Arts.
    • 1990 - Exhibition of hundred famous gaphic artists from mainland China in Taiwan.
    • 1992 - Exhibition at "Fine Art 92" held by the European community.
    • 1992 - Exhibition of "Contemporary Delicate Paintings", in the Netherlands.
    • 1993 - First exhibition in the U.S.A. and again in the Netherlands.
    • 1994 - Exhibition of artists from mainland China in Hong Kong.
    • 1994 - Solo exhibition in Belgium.
    • 1994 - Solo exhibition in Germany.


    • 1984 - Copper Medal at the 6th Exhibition of National Art, China
    • 1989 - Copper Medal at the 7th Exhibition of National Art, China
    • 1990 - Gold Medal by the Japan-China Prints Foundation Fund
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