Li Fenglan (李凤兰)
Li Fenglan (1933, Huxian, Shaanxi Province) has been fond of traditional paper-cutting since childhood. She started learning painting when she participated in a mass irrigation project in 1958. Afterwards, she combined her artistic work with farm work. A representative of the Huxian peasant painters, she was inspired by the various aspects of rural production. "Spring hoeing", one of her most famous works, is part of the collection of the Shanghai Museum.
Ms. Li has been a representative at the National People's Congress and a member of the National Political Committee. Later she was a member of the Chinese Artists Association and vice-chairman of the Huxian Association of Peasant Painting.
Here are some propaganda photographs of Li Fenglan from 1974-1975:
Important Art of New China 1949-1979 (China Guardian Auction Catalogue 1997, Beijing)
Jutta Bewig, (ed.), Bauernmalerei aus Huxian [Peasant Paintings from Huxian] (Frankfurt/M: Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Chinesische Freundschaft 1979)
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)
Li Fenglan, How I Began to Paint the Countryside
Originally published in: China Reconstructs January 1974, pp. 21-23