Zu Ming Ho was born in 1949 into a remarable family that had already produced several well-known artists. He began taking lessons in both Chinese and Western style figure sketching, watercolors and landscape painting while still in elementary school. Like many members of the emerging Yunnan School, he had hoped to enlighten the Chinese people with his uniquely westernized versions of traditional Chinese themes.
The Red Chinese authorities were not amused or enlightened; when the cultural revolution swept over China in 1966, it swept away everything western or different. Along with many contemporary artists of his day, Ho was required to paint only portraits of Mao Tse Tung, and propaganda posters depict
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