Famous Chinese Artists & Painters

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Ai Weiwei
(Artistic Consultant for Design of the Beijing National Stadium)
Ai Weiwei
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Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
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.
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Tyrus Wong
(Artist)
Tyrus Wong
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Birthdate: October 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taishan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, China
Died: December 30, 2016
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Su Shi
(Poet, Writer, Painter)
Su Shi
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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 
Cai Guo-Qiang
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Birthdate: December 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quanzhou, Fujian, China
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Emperor Huizong of Song
(Fine art artist)
Emperor Huizong of Song
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Birthdate: November 2, 1082
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: China
Died: June 4, 1135
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Gao Xingjian
(Chinese-born French Naturalized Playwright and Novelist Who Won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000)
Gao Xingjian
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Birthdate: January 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ganzhou, China

Gao Xingjian is a Chinese-born émigré and French naturalized playwright, novelist, critic, photographer, film director, translator, and painter. He is best known for winning the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000. Gao Xingjian has also received other major awards, including the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement. 

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Wang Yangming
(Calligrapher)
Wang Yangming
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Birthdate: October 26, 1472
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yuyao, Zhejiang Province
Died: January 9, 1529
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Qi Baishi
(Chinese painter)
Qi Baishi
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Birthdate: January 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xiangtan, China
Died: September 16, 1957
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Wang Wei
(Poet)
Wang Wei
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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.

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Wang Xizhi
(Calligrapher)
Wang Xizhi
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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.         

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Xu Beihong
(Painter)
Xu Beihong
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Birthdate: July 19, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yixing, China
Died: September 26, 1953
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Tang Yin
(Painter)
Tang Yin
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Birthdate: March 6, 1470
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wu County
Died: January 7, 1524
 13 
Zao Wou-ki
(Artist)
Zao Wou-ki
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Birthdate: February 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: April 9, 2013
 14 
Wu Daoxuan
(Painter)
Wu Daoxuan
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Birthdate: 0680 AD
Birthplace: Yuzhou, Xuchang, China
Died: 0760 AD
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Zhang Huan
(Artist)
Zhang Huan
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Anyang, China
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Zhao Mengfu
(Scholar)
Zhao Mengfu
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Birthdate: October 20, 1254
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Huzhou, China
Died: July 30, 1322
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Gu Kaizhi
(Painter)
Gu Kaizhi
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Birthdate: 0345 AD
Birthplace: Wuxi, China
Died: 0406 AD
 18 
Shen Zhou
(Painter)
Shen Zhou
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Birthdate: 1427 AD
Birthplace: Suzhou, China
Died: 1509 AD
 19 
Shitao
(Chinese painter)
Shitao
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Birthdate: 1642 AD
Birthplace: Guangxi, China
Died: 1707 AD
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Bada Shanren
(Painter)
Bada Shanren
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Birthdate: 1626 AD
Birthplace: Nanchang, China
Died: 1705 AD
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Wu Guanzhong
(Painter)
Wu Guanzhong
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Birthdate: August 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yixing, China
Died: June 25, 2010
 22 
Guo Xi
(Chinese painter)
Guo Xi
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Birthdate: 1020 AD
Birthplace: Henan, China
Died: 1090 AD
 23 
Xu Wei
(Chinese painter)
Xu Wei
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Birthdate: 1521 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 1593 AD
 24 
Qiu Ying
(Chinese painter)
Qiu Ying
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Birthdate: 1494 AD
Birthplace: Taicang, Jiangsu
Died: 1552 AD
 25 
Huang Yong Ping
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Birthdate: February 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Xiamen, China
Died: October 20, 2019
 26 
Sanyu
(Painter)
Sanyu
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Birthdate: October 14, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nanchong, China
Died: August 12, 1966
 27 
Mi Fu
(Painter)
Mi Fu
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Birthdate: 1051 AD
Birthplace: Taiyuan, China
Died: 1107 AD
 28 
Yan Liben
(Painter)
Yan Liben
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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.

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Wen Zhengming
(Painter)
Wen Zhengming
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Birthdate: November 28, 1470
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzhou, China
Died: 1559 AD
 30 
Zhang Daqian
(Artist)
Zhang Daqian
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Birthdate: May 10, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neijiang, China
Died: April 2, 1983
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Dong Qichang
(Chinese Painter, Calligrapher, Politician and Art Theorist Best Known for His Writings on Chinese Painting)
Dong Qichang
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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.

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Ni Zan
(Painter)
Ni Zan
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Birthdate: 1301 AD
Birthplace: Wuxi, China
Died: 1374 AD
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Wang Meng
(Painter)
Wang Meng
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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.

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Chen Hongshou
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Birthdate: 1598 AD
Birthplace: Shangqiu, China
Died: 1652 AD
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Taixu
(Chinese Buddhist Monk Who Modernized Buddhism)
Taixu
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Birthdate: January 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haining, Jiaxing, China
Died: March 17, 1947

Chinese Buddhist monk Taixu was also a modern thinker and an activist. Inspired by Sun Yat-sen and by the 1911 revolution, he set out to introduce reforms in the education of monks and in social welfare. He intended to fuse Buddhism with science and modern philosophy.

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Muqi Fachang
(Painter)
Muqi Fachang
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Birthplace: Sichuan, China
Died: 1269 AD
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Xia Gui
(Painter)
Xia Gui
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Birthdate: 1195 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 1224 AD
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Lin Fengmian
(Painter)
Lin Fengmian
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Birthdate: November 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Meixian District, Meizhou, China
Died: August 12, 1991
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Liang Kai
(Painter)
Liang Kai
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Birthdate: 1140 AD
Birthplace: Dongping County, Tai'an, China
Died: 1210 AD
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Huang Gongwang
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Birthdate: 1269 AD
Birthplace: Changshu, China
Died: 1354 AD
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Zhou Fang
(Painter)
Zhou Fang
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Birthdate: 0730 AD
Birthplace: Chang’an, China
Died: 0800 AD
 42 
Han Gan
(Painter)
Han Gan
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Birthdate: 0706 AD
Birthplace: Kaifeng, China
Died: 0783 AD
 43 
Chen Yifei
(Painter)
Chen Yifei
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Birthdate: April 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ningbo, China
Died: April 10, 2005
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Wu Changshuo
(Painter)
Wu Changshuo
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Birthdate: September 12, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anji County, Huzhou, China
Died: November 29, 1927
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Jing Hao
(Artist)
Jing Hao
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Birthdate: 0855 AD
Birthplace: Qinshui County, Jincheng, China
Died: 0915 AD
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Li Tang
(Painter)
Li Tang
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Birthdate: 1050 AD
Birthplace: China
Died: 1130 AD
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Dai Jin
(Painter)
Dai Jin
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Birthdate: 1388 AD
Birthplace: Zhejiang, China
Died: 1462 AD
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Wu Li
(Painter)
Wu Li
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Birthdate: 1632 AD
Birthplace: Changshu, China
Died: February 24, 1718
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Xie He
(Writer)
Xie He
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Birthplace: China
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Liu Haisu
(Painter)
Liu Haisu
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Birthdate: March 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Changzhou, China
Died: August 7, 1994