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He Youzhi (贺友直)

He Youzhi (1922) is from Zhenhai, Zhejiang Province. He started as a printer's apprentice and primary school teacher. From 1946, he studied commercial art and in 1949, he started drawing comic strips. He joined the New Art Press (Xin meishu chubanshe 新美术出版社) in 1952, and was transferred to design comic strips with the Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House in 1956.

From 1980 till 1987, He was a Professor of pictorial stories at the Central Art Academy. He is known for his comic strips, including the influential Great Changes in a Mountain Village [山乡巨变].

Sources:

Andreas Seifert, Bildgeschichten für Chinas Massen -- Comic und Comicproduktion im 20. Jahrhundert (Köln, etc.: Böhlau Verlag, 2008)

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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