Cheng Shifa
Rustic Figures & Animals
(The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

Cheng Shifa (1921 –2007) was a Chinese calligrapher, painter and cartoonist. He was born in a small Chinese village outside the city of Shanghai in 1921. He studied traditional Chinese painting at Shanghai Art Academy in the late 1930s, and subsequently earned a living through book illustration and New Year pictures. After visiting southwest China in the late 1950s he specialised in paintings of China’s national minorities. In 1956 he joined the Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, of which he later became a director. During the 1970s his attention turned to bird and flower painting.
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