Li Ronglong (李融龙)

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Li Ronglong (1937) was born in Baodi County, Hebei Province. In 1954, he studied at the Art Middle School affiliated to the Northeast Art Academy and received an education in painting, which laid a solid foundation. In 1958, he entered the Printmaking Department of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, under the tutelage of printmakers Zhu Mingtong and Lu Tan. After graduating in 1962, he worked for many years in stage art in military song and dance troupes and factories. In 1977, he taught in the Printmaking Department of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts.

His early printmaking was mainly based on woodcut prints, following the principles of realist creation. Facing the artistic practice of life, he created a large number of magnificent scenes, rigorously structured, vigorous and simple black-and-white woodcut print works. After returning to school to teach, he devoted himself to the research of traditional Chinese folk art, updated his concepts, expanded his skills, and his paintings have changed significantly. In the early 1980s, he devoted himself to the study of copper engravings and set out to establish a copperplate studio.

He is currently a professor of the Printmaking Department of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, a member of the Chinese Printmaking Association, and an executive director of the Liaoning Provincial Printmaking Society.

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