Feng Fasi (冯法祀)

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fengfasiFeng Fasi (1914-2009) was from Lujiang, Anhui Province. In 1933, he entered the Education Department of the Nanjing Central University to study oil painting under Xu Beihong. He joined the Red Army in 1937 and engaged in designing propaganda. In 1938, he enrolled in the Lu Xun Art Academy in Yan'an. During the war years, he was involved in art production, art education and drama productions. In 1946, he became associate professor at the National Peiping [Beijing] Art School while also serving as the art editor for the Tianjin Yishibao (益世报)'s art supplement. He became a professor specialized in oil painting in the Drawing Department of the Central Art Academy in 1951. While at the Academy, Feng participated in the special course taught by the Soviet oil painting specialist Maksimov in 1955. In 1961, he transferred to the Department of Fine Arts at the Central Drama Academy. He returned to the Central Art Academy's Oil Painting Department in 1979.

Feng was a true oil painter strongly influenced by Soviet realism, who has created major, defining works. One of them is the famous 'The Death of Liu Hulan', created in the 1950s and now in the collection of the China Art Museum. One of his landscape paintings can be found in the Jilin Hall of the Great Hall of the People.

Michael Sullivan, Modern Chinese Artists - A Biographical Dictionary (Berkeley: 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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