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Zhongli Luo

 (born 1948)
Zhongli Luo is active/lives in China.  Zhongli Luo is known for modernist toiling figure and portrait painting, teaching.

Zhongli Luo

Biography from the Archives of askART

Luo Zhongli, originally comes from Bishan County, Sichuan province, China; he was born in Chongqing suburb in 1948, and under the influence of his father, Luo Zhongli began to study painting in his early age.

In 1968 Luo Zhongli graduated from the middle school affiliated to Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, after then he went to the rural villages in Ta-pa Mountains and lived there for ten years.

In 1978 Luo Zhongli was admitted to enter the oil painting department at Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts to study oil painting art, and graduated in 1982 and acted as a teacher in the college.

During 1983 to 1986 Luo Zhongli went to Belgium to take a study, he entered in Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts to study oil painting and get a master degree.

In 1984 and 1985 Luo Zhongli held his individual oil painting exhibition in Brusssels (Belgium) and Boston(U.S.A.) successively.

Now Luo Zhongli is vice-professor at SiChun Academy of Fine Arts, director of China Artists Association, President of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1980 Luo Zhongli was been known by the world for his super realism oil painting work Father, this oil painting work with a grand cenotaph style layout, described a typical figure of Chinese farmer in a affectionate manner, and has moved numerous Chinese people's hearts, as well as been reputed as a flag of Chinese Artists in twenty century 80s.

Main Honors of Luo Zhongli:

Oil painting work Father won the golden prize of the 2nd the Chinese Youth Exhibition of Fine Arts and now be collected by Chinese Art Museum, Sichuan Excellent Works prize;

Oil painting work Spring Silkworms is collected by Harvard Na Gallery;

Two piece of oil painting works of Pa Mountain Oil Paintings in Series were collected by Chinese Art Museum.

In 1992 Taiwan "Shan Art Culture and Education Foundation" set up the "Luo Zhongli Oil Painting Scholarship"


Biography from Tobin Reese Fine Art
The Cultural Revolution in the People's Republic of China that began in 1966 anesthetized China politically and affected the population socially and economically. However, it served as a springboard and inspiration for young artist Luo Zhongli. When he graduated from Sichuan Academy in 1968, it was the height of the revolution. Luo relocated to the rural Daba mountain area for ten years where he adopted the life of a peasant and worked in a steel factory. While working there, he was influenced by the weathered, worn faces of the farm workers toiling in the fields and the old grandmothers tending the silkworms. These influences would later become subjects of two of the more recognizable works in contemporary Asian art, Father and Spring Silkworms.

His revolutionary spirit and youth helped him endure many hardships during this period, but these sacrifices were anything but futile. Many artists, especially those of the 1980s, came to consider Zhongli's works of photo-realism as a model for their own works. One prominent modern Chinese artist, Zhang Xiaogang, describes Zhongli as "the earliest avant-garde in our class". Zhongli's works confronted Revolutionary Romanticism in the manner of the scar art movement and sent tremors throughout the art world with its overt truths and realism.

Luo Zhongli received international praise and is now one of China's most famous and influential realist painters. He is revered for his striking portraits of the people who live in remote southwestern China. Rural life and his love of its residents are the main themes in his works.

The Chinese modern art community recognizes Zhongli's large-scale portrait of an elderly farmer's face from 1980, Father, as one of its most celebrated and significant works. When Zonghli took home the Golden Prize (the top prize) for Father at China's Second National Youth Arts Exhibition, Chinese realist painting turned in a new and progressive direction. Zhongli had painted a laborer's sun-deteriorated face and cracked lips as bright and boldly as Chairman Mao's, challenging the social ideology of the time. Two of Zhongli's other paintings, Spring Silkworms and Praying, also won Chinese national prizes in the 1980s. Since then, Zhongli's art has been shown in solo exhibitions around the globe, including Belgium, France, Australia, England, the United States, and most recently, China. Father was acquired by the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Spring Silkworms recently was represented by Tobin Reese Fine Art in a sale for a record high price for the artist.

Born in 1948 on the periphery of Chongqing (Sichuan province), Zhongli was influenced by his father and studied painting early. He graduated from Sichuan Art Institute's Oil Painting department in 1982, stayed on one year as an instructor in the same department, and then four years later earned his M.A. at Antwerp Royal Art Institute in Belgium.

Zhongli returned to the school of his youth and is the current president and a professor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China's oldest art establishment of higher learning. According to Zhongli, the school's mission is to "advance new ideas and promote enduring knowledge" and continually challenge and inspire students "to do their best possible work." In addition to his titles in art education, he is also the current Vice Chairman of the China Artists Association and involved in numerous other art organizations.

Kristin Guess for Tobin Reese Fine Art

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About  Zhongli Luo

Born:  1948 - Sichuan Province, China
Known for:  modernist toiling figure and portrait painting, teaching