Liu Wenxi, The Founder Of The Loess School And The Painter Of The People, Passed Away

Mr. Liu Wenxi, the founder of the Loess School and the painter of the People, died at 13:50 on July 7 at the age of 86.


Liu Wenxi, born in 1933 in Shuizhu Village, Changle Town, Cangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, is a contemporary painter.In 1950, he entered the “Yucai School” founded by Mr. Tao Xingzhi in Shanghai to study fine arts. In 1953, he entered the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts and was taught by Mr. Pan Tianshou and others. After graduating in 1958, he went to work at Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts.He has served as a member of the National Federation of Literary and Art Circles, a former vice chairman of the Chinese Artists Association, a member of the Chinese Painting Art Committee, and the first batch of 100 famous teachers in the country.

He is currently the Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts of the Loess School, the Chairman of the Chinese Contemporary Painting Association, the Honorary Chairman of the Shaanxi Artists Association, the Honorary Dean of the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, the Professor, the Doctoral Tutor, the Fifth Set of Mao Zedong’s Portrait Creator, Shaanxi Province Consultant of the Federation of Literary and Art Circles and experts with outstanding contributions throughout the country. His main works include “Mao and Shepherd”, “Shaanbei People”, “Oriental”, “The Liberated Areas” and the huge series of long scrolls “Yellow People” and so on.In December 2018, he was elected as the ninth consultant of the China Artists Association.


Liu Wenxi is well known to the Chinese art world for depicting the people of northern Shaanxi. As early as the 1950s and 1960s, he created works of classic significance such as Chairman Mao and the Shepherd and the Four Generations of the Grandparents. The profoundness of the theme thought, the vividness of the character’s shape and the pioneering nature of the pen and ink language are the characteristics of Liu Wenxi’s creation and the main factor that establishes his important position in the history of New China’s art. During his 60 years of teaching and creative career, Liu Wenxi adheres to the creative principle of “two for”, based on the artistic conception of depicting the people and depicting the times, teaching students to adhere to the creative orientation of “people-centered” and painting for Chinese figures.