Famous Chinese Artists & Painters

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 1 Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing
Named Art Review’s most powerful artist in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resilience against the authoritarian Chinese government. Jailed and banned from leaving the country once, he is known for using various media, such as sculpture, photos, and documentaries, to reflect Chinese human-rights abuses.

 2 Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taishan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, China
Died: December 30, 2016

 3 Su Shi

Su Shi
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Painter
Birthdate: January 8, 1037
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Meishan
Died: August 24, 1101

Su Shi was a Chinese writer, calligrapher, poet, painter, gastronome, pharmacologist, and politician who lived during the Song dynasty. He played a major role in the political affairs of the Song dynasty. He is credited with producing some of the best-known poems, prose, and essays and is considered one of the most decorated personalities in classical Chinese literature.

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 4 Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuling, China
Died: November 17, 1968

 5 Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quanzhou, Fujian, China

 6 Emperor Huizong of Song

Emperor Huizong of Song
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Famous As: Fine art artist
Birthdate: November 2, 1082
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: China
Died: June 4, 1135

 7 Gao Xingjian

Gao Xingjian
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Famous As: Writer, Painter, Translator, Novelist, Playwright, Literary critic
Birthdate: January 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ganzhou
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 8 Qi Baishi

Qi Baishi
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Famous As: Chinese painter
Birthdate: January 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xiangtan, China
Died: September 16, 1957

 9 Wang Yangming

Wang Yangming
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Famous As: Calligrapher
Birthdate: October 26, 1472
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yuyao, Zhejiang Province
Died: January 9, 1529

 10 Wang Wei

Wang Wei
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0699 AD
Birthplace: Qixian, Jinzhong, China
Died: 0759 AD

Wang Wei was a Chinese poet, painter, musician, and politician who lived during the Tang dynasty. Widely regarded as one of the most popular poets of his generation, Wang Wei had a profound influence in the West. Many of his works are well-preserved and 29 of his poems were included in an influential anthology titled Three Hundred Tang Poems.

 11 Wang Xizhi

Wang Xizhi
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Famous As: Calligrapher
Birthdate: 0303 AD
Birthplace: Langya Commandery
Died: 0361 AD

Wang Xizhi was a Chinese writer, calligrapher, and politician. Best remembered for his extraordinary skills as a calligrapher, Wang is regarded as the greatest calligrapher in the history of China. His works were greatly admired by Emperor Taizong of Tang, who helped popularize his poems. Apart from being a popular personality in China, Wang also remains influential in Japanese calligraphy.         

 12 Xu Beihong

Xu Beihong
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 19, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yixing, China
Died: September 26, 1953

 13 Tang Yin

Tang Yin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 6, 1470
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wu County
Died: January 7, 1524

 14 Zao Wou-ki

Zao Wou-ki
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: April 9, 2013

 15 Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Anyang, China

 16 Wu Daoxuan

Wu Daoxuan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0680 AD
Birthplace: Yuzhou, Xuchang, China
Died: 0760 AD

 17 Zhao Mengfu

Zhao Mengfu
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: October 20, 1254
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Huzhou, China
Died: July 30, 1322

 18 Gu Kaizhi

Gu Kaizhi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0345 AD
Birthplace: Wuxi, China
Died: 0406 AD

 19 Shen Zhou

Shen Zhou
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1427 AD
Birthplace: Suzhou, China
Died: 1509 AD

 20 Bada Shanren

Bada Shanren
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1626 AD
Birthplace: Nanchang, China
Died: 1705 AD

 21 Shitao

Shitao
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Famous As: Chinese painter
Birthdate: 1642 AD
Birthplace: Guangxi, China
Died: 1707 AD

 22 Guo Xi

Guo Xi
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Famous As: Chinese painter
Birthdate: 1020 AD
Birthplace: Henan, China
Died: 1090 AD

 23 Xu Wei

Xu Wei
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Famous As: Chinese painter
Birthdate: 1521 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 1593 AD

 24 Wu Guanzhong

Wu Guanzhong
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yixing, China
Died: June 25, 2010

 25 Yan Liben

Yan Liben
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0600 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: November 14, 0673

Tang dynasty Chinese figure painter Yan Liben is remembered for his scores of portraits of scholars and emperors, one of the most notable being the Thirteen Emperors Scroll. He also painted many Buddhist and Taoist subjects. Apart from being a painter, he was also an imperial court official.

 26 Sanyu

Sanyu
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 14, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nanchong, China
Died: August 12, 1966

 27 Huang Yong Ping

Huang Yong Ping
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Xiamen, China
Died: October 20, 2019

 28 Qiu Ying

Qiu Ying
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Famous As: Chinese painter
Birthdate: 1494 AD
Birthplace: Taicang, Jiangsu
Died: 1552 AD

 29 Mi Fu

Mi Fu
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1051 AD
Birthplace: Taiyuan, China
Died: 1107 AD

 30 Wen Zhengming

Wen Zhengming
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 28, 1470
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzhou, China
Died: 1559 AD

 31 Wang Meng

Wang Meng
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1308 AD
Birthplace: Huzhou, China
Died: 1385 AD

One of the Four Masters of the Yuan Dynasty, Chinese painter Wang Meng was born into a family of painters and was the grandson of painter Zhao Mengfu. He was mistakenly associated with a conspiracy against the Ming dynasty emperor Taizu and spent the final years of his life in prison.

 32 Dong Qichang

Dong Qichang
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1555 AD
Birthplace: Huating, China
Died: 1636 AD

A renowned calligrapher and painter of the Ming dynasty, Dong Qichang was a child prodigy in many ways, having cleared the prefectural civil service entrance exams at 12. An art theorist, too, he classified the history of Chinese painting into the Northern and Southern schools, charting out their unique characteristics.

 33 Ni Zan

Ni Zan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1301 AD
Birthplace: Wuxi, China
Died: 1374 AD

 34 Chen Hongshou

Chen Hongshou
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1598 AD
Birthplace: Shangqiu, China
Died: 1652 AD

 35 Taixu

Taixu
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Famous As: Modernist
Birthdate: January 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haining, Jiaxing, China
Died: March 17, 1947

 36 Muqi Fachang

Muqi Fachang
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sichuan, China
Died: 1269 AD

 37 Xia Gui

Xia Gui
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1195 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 1224 AD

 38 Zhang Daqian

Zhang Daqian
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 10, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neijiang, China
Died: April 2, 1983

 39 Lin Fengmian

Lin Fengmian
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Meixian District, Meizhou, China
Died: August 12, 1991

 40 Huang Gongwang

Huang Gongwang
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1269 AD
Birthplace: Changshu, China
Died: 1354 AD

 41 Liang Kai

Liang Kai
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1140 AD
Birthplace: Dongping County, Tai'an, China
Died: 1210 AD

 42 Zhou Fang

Zhou Fang
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0730 AD
Birthplace: Chang’an, China
Died: 0800 AD

 43 Han Gan

Han Gan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0706 AD
Birthplace: Kaifeng, China
Died: 0783 AD

 44 Chen Yifei

Chen Yifei
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ningbo, China
Died: April 10, 2005

 45 Wu Changshuo

Wu Changshuo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 12, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anji County, Huzhou, China
Died: November 29, 1927

 46 Jing Hao

Jing Hao
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 0855 AD
Birthplace: Qinshui County, Jincheng, China
Died: 0915 AD

 47 Li Tang

Li Tang
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1050 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 1130 AD

 48 Wu Li

Wu Li
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1632 AD
Birthplace: Changshu, China
Died: February 24, 1718

 49 Dai Jin

Dai Jin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1388 AD
Birthplace: Zhejiang, China
Died: 1462 AD

 50 Pan Tianshou

Pan Tianshou
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 14, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ninghai County, Ningbo, China
Died: September 5, 1971