Professor as artist

Professor Wan studied painting at the Beijing Adolescents Palace from 1955 to 1959. In 1963, he studied for a BA degree at the Department of Art History of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and also learned painting from Prof. Xiao Shufang. In 1967 he was put into prison (niupeng), where he became acquainted with senior artists such as Li Kuchan, Li Keran, Wo Zuoren, and Huang Yongyu. He was assigned to labour for “re-education” in Xuanhua, Hebei Province from 1968 to 1973. Prof. Wan was a painter at Beijing Academy of Painting from 1973 to 1979. He started to study painting with Li Keran in 1973 and Lu Yanshao in 1975. He won the First Prize for New Chinese Painting granted by Beijing Artists Association in 1979.

From 1979 to 1981, Prof. Wan was a graduate student at the Department of Chinese Painting of the Central Academy of Fine Arts under the instruction of Prof. Li Keran and Prof. Liang Shunian. His graduation painting and thesis won the Second Prize of Ye Qianyu Award. He became a member of the China Artists Association in 1980. From 1981 to 1983, he worked as Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Painting and also as executive editor of Chinese Painting Study (Zhongguohua Yanjiu). He was a Board Member of the Sixth China National Youth Council in 1983.

WAN Qingli

Exhibition Participation

Year Month Date Exhibition Title Venue
1996 December 4-9 January 1997 Paintings and Writings by Wan Qingli University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, Hong Kong
2002 March 20-4 May The Writings of My Mind: Painting and Calligraphy by Wan Qingli E & J Frankel Ltd., New York, U.S.A.
2003 October 25-5 November 萬青屴畫展 Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2006 June 7-30 July A Brush with Irony: Paintings by Wan Qingli University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, Hong Kong
2007 December 21-6 April 2008 Made in Hong Kong – Contemporary Art Exhibition Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
2009 January 16-9 February Dao Revealed Through Brush & Ink: Chinese Paintings and Works of Calligraphy & Seal Engraving by Wan Qingli, Daniel Lau Chak Kwong and Koon Wai Bong Hong Kong Baptist University
2013 December 13-23 April 2014 Bonds of Memory: Wan Qingli’s Collection of Chinese Art Given by His Teachers and Friends Exhibition Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
2013 May 17-18 August The Origin of Dao: New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

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