Cartoon Master Feng Zikai (Collection Edition)
--Xiling Celebrated Masters Series
Published by Zhejiang Culture and Art Audio-visual Publishing House
Medium: 1 VCD disc
Narration: Mandarin Chinese
Feng Zikai is an outstanding figure of modern Chinese culture and art. He is a painter, writer, music educator, translator, calligrapher, culture and art theorist. This documentary video introduces Feng Zikai's life, art works, creative and artistic characteristics from the point of cartoonist and comic art.
Feng Zikai (1898-1975)
Feng Zikai, a native of Tongxiang, Zhejiang, was began his studies at the Zhejiang First Normal School with the influential Japanese-trained art educator Li Shutong. After graduating, Feng Zikai studied music and Western style painting in Japan before returning to China in 1922 to teach in Shanghai. Later he worked as an editor at the Kaiming Press. It was at this time that his paintings and cartoons began to be published. Feng Zikai was considered the founder of modern cartoons in China after his 'Zi Kai Man Hua' was published in 1924. 'Hu Sheng Hua Ji' was created between 1927 and 1973, during his fifty-year-long career as an artist. Long after his death in 1975, Feng's essays and cartoons are still popular with the Chinese public. Feng Zikai's naive manner of figure painting was highly regarded in the Chinese cultural world, and his ink drawings have been widely published.