Li Xiushi

  • Born 1933 in Jinzhou, Liaoning, China

Li Xiushi is a Chinese landscape painter who has managed to integrated oil painting, a traditionally Western medium, with traditional Chinese ink painting in the painterly mogu (boneless) style and contemporary Chinese social realism. He first studied oil painting at the Zhōngyāng Měishù Xuéyuà (Central Academy of Fine Art [CAFA]) in Beijing, under the tutelage of the famous social realist painter Dong Xiwen (1914–1973). Li’s painting Cross the Yangtze River (1959), which he completed while still a CAFA student, achieved critical acclaim, both in China and internationally. Li has held positions in many national art institutions of China, including founder and vice president of the Chinese Research Institute of Fine Arts (1988); director of the China Oil Painting Society; and has worked with the Heilongjiang Artists Association. Li has been featured in Fine Arts, a CAFA publication, and his work has been included in the National Fine Arts Exhibition, organized by the China Artists’ Association, since 1962. In 1981, Li curated an exhibition of contemporary Chinese painters from CAFA, Tsinghua University, and Beijing Fine Art Academy.

Artworks by Li Xiushi in the exhibition