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Cai Zhenhua (蔡振华)

Cai Zhenhua (1912-2006) was born in Deqing, Zhejiang Province. New American illustration techniques aroused his interest in drawing and caricature. In 1929, he enrolled in the Hangzhou Xihu College for Fine Arts. After graduation, he moved to Shanghai, where he worked as an illustrator for numerous publishers, including the Commercial Press. After 1945, he worked as an independent designer.

After 1949, Cai contributed work to the Chinese-Soviet Friendship Hall in Shanghai, and interior designs for the Shanghai Room in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Cai, who retired in 1987, specialized in cartoon strips and propaganda paintings.

Cai cooperated with Ding Hao and Zhao Yannian.

Let a hundred flowers bloom in a blaze of color, 1961

Sources:

Scott Minick and Jiao Ping, Chinese Graphic Design in the Twentieth Century (London: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1990)

Kuiyi Shen, "Publishing Posters Before the Cultural Revolution", Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 2000), pp. 177-202 (follow link external link)

Michael Sullivan, Modern Chinese Artists - A Biographical Dictionary (Berkeley, etc: University of California Press, 2006)

Zhongguo meishuguan (ed.), 中国美术年鉴 1949-1989 (Guilin: Guangxi meishu chubanshe, 1993)

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