A brief profile of Master Li Qiang and his works

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Master Li Qiang is a celebrated Chinese artist who currently lives and works in the city of Shenzhen. Born in 1960 in Luoyang, Henan province, China, Li Qiang’s grandfather was also a well-known artist and many examples of his work can still be seen in Luoyang today.

Under his grandfather’s tutelage, Li Qiang started his artistic career at the early age of 8 by practicing Chinese calligraphy, often working until 4 o’clock in the morning and this habit has remained with him every day for almost 50 years. He can recall only one day in his life when he did not practise calligraphy and that was on the day his father passed away. He managed to compensate for it, however, by doubling his practise the next day.

True to his origins, and steeped in the culture of his heritage, he went to college to take up advanced studies in Chinese art. His expressive and free calligraphy style contains thousands of variations yet conforms to natural laws, while his true-type writing is flowing and smooth and bears the lasting appeal of classical elegance. His works are praised by other artists and admired and much loved by the ordinary people of China.

 
 
Li Qiang’s paintings are deeply rooted in the history and culture of the city of Luoyang. He is famous for his figure and bird painting but is perhaps best known for his graceful and delicate depiction of Peonies, which are particularly popular.
 
 
His works have won awards in many competitions, including“Shen Long”, “Mo Hai Nong Chao” and“Lan Ting”. They have been reproduced in books and magazines such as An Appreciation of Twentieth Century Chinese Calligraphy Works, A Collection of Modern Chinese Famous Art Works, Chinese Calligraphy Expo and Charming Shenzhen. In the intercultural communication competition “Ke Qin” cup, he was awarded second place. His works are also collected by an American museum.
 
 
 

Since his recent move to the city of Shenzen, Li Qiang has been invited to events in Guangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan and Zhuhai and his participation has been widely reported by the press including the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, the Dongguan Daily, the Foshan Daily and the Zhujiang Daily. This extensive press coverage has focused attention on Li Qiang’s painting and drawn the attention of collectors. As a result, he was interviewed for the TV programme “Interviews With Chinese Celebrities”.

Li Qiang’s works are not just collected in China but also in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as well as Japan and the USA. His paintings are also collected by the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the National Military Museum.

 
 
His works have also appeared in the third edition of Famous Artists’ Painting and Calligraphy Works From Both Sides Of The Taiwan Straits – published by Henan Provincial CPPCC Sodality - in Chinese Painters – published by the Chinese Art Grand Press - and in Charming Shenzhen – published by the China Broadcasting and Television Publishing House.
 
 

Li Qiang’s many honours and titles include:

Vice President of  the World Artist Association
President of World Artist Association - Shenzhen and Hong Kong Branch
Academician of China Calligraphy and Paintings Art Research Institute
Deputy Editor-in Chief of China Art Report
Winner of Top Ten Chinese Best Moral and Skilled Artists
Member of China Poetry Academy
Modern China Best Peony Painter
Visiting Professor of Shenzhen Chang Qing University
Visiting Professor of Qiongzhou University
Famous Chinese Painter

 

 
In Li Qiang’s birth place, Luoyang, the best Peonies in China are grown. The Peony is among the oldest flowers used in ornamental culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China (also known as "flower of riches and honour”) and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the Peony to be the national flower. Currently, the Republic of China on Taiwan designates the plum blossom as the national flower, while the People's Republic of China has no legally designated national flower.
 
 
Luoyang still has a high reputation as a centre of cultivation for Peonies. Throughout Chinese history, peonies in Luoyang have been said to be the finest in the country. Dozens of Peony exhibitions and shows are still held there annually.
 
 

As he was born in Luoyang, Li Qiang feels a personal connection to the Peony. He describes himself as raised up in a Peony garden.

Luoyang was the ancient capital city of China through 13 dynasties. Tradition states that during the Tang Dynasty, the empress Wu Ze Tian ordered all the flowers to bloom in a cold winter to celebrate her beauty. All the flowers bloomed beautifully, except for the Peony. The empress was very angry and banished it from Xian (the capital city of the Tang Dynasty) and relocated it to Luoyang. Unexpectedly, the Peony grew very well in Luoyang due to its climate and soil. Tang dynasty China was one of the strongest and most open countries in the world and attracted many foreigners from Persia (the old name for Iran) and other countries and these visitors took the Peony back to their own lands.

 
 
 

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