Chinese Painting Master Cheng Shifa (Collection Edition)
--Xiling Celebrated Masters Series
Published by Zhejiang Culture and Art Audio-visual Publishing House, 2004
Medium: 1 VCD disc
Narration: Mandarin Chinese
Cheng Shifa was a Chinese calligrapher, painter, cartoonist, and art educator. Cheng was born in a small Chinese village outside the city of Shanghai in 1921. He originally studied medicine before deciding to focus on art. He graduated from Shanghai Art College in 1941. Cheng staged his first art show in 1942. He created his first comics pages in 1949, which were noticed by the Chinese publisher that hired him in 1952. A year later, Cheng Shifa drew 'The Scholars', a comics adaptation of a popular satiric novel from the 18th century. He continued with 'The Painted Skin' in 1955 and started teaching painting at the university of Shanghai.
His return to painting was a good choice, because he soon became an internationally acclaimed painter. However, Cheng Shifa also continued making comics, like 'Kong Yiji' for illustrating short stories for Lu Xun, who is considered to be one of the 20th Century's best known Chinese satirists, 'West Lake: A Collection of Folktales' and 'The Story of Brave Sword'. He then made a tour through the Yunnan, a southwestern border province known for its ethnic diversity, to get inspiration for his series 'Zhaoshutun and Nannuonuo' and 'Ebing and Sangluo'. Cheng ultimately became best known for his traditional brush paintings of minority ethnic groups. His work stressed the unity and connection between different ethnic groups. Cheng died at a hospital in Shanghai on June 17, 2007.
Being adept in drawing human figures, landscapes, flowers, birds, comic pictures, Chinese New Year Celebration Paintings and illustrations, Cheng developed a strong personal style through his rustic art. His works have been widely exhibited inside and outside China, winning numerous awards.