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Guan Zeju, born in Canton in 1941, was a successful socialist-realist painting images of the workers and portraits of Mao. Guan made his way to America and became a celebrated painter of the ballet and nudes

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  1. 1. For the last few years Guan challenged himself toFor the last few years Guan challenged himself to work in secret, fusing contemporary nudes,work in secret, fusing contemporary nudes, unashamed as they pose before the images of aunashamed as they pose before the images of a China that has passed. Realizing the importance ofChina that has passed. Realizing the importance of this new imagery, Guan, already known for histhis new imagery, Guan, already known for his technical brilliance, pushed his painting to atechnical brilliance, pushed his painting to a peerless level. According to Weinstein, "The nudespeerless level. According to Weinstein, "The nudes are a marvel of modern realism; the periodare a marvel of modern realism; the period paintings in the background mirror the techniquepaintings in the background mirror the technique of their time." Also excited by this new direction inof their time." Also excited by this new direction in painting, the curator of the Guandong Museum ofpainting, the curator of the Guandong Museum of Art immediately arranged Guan Zeju's first museumArt immediately arranged Guan Zeju's first museum show in over 10 years in China after seeing the newshow in over 10 years in China after seeing the new Guan Zeju, born in Canton in 1941,Guan Zeju, born in Canton in 1941, was a childhood prodigy. He was awas a childhood prodigy. He was a successful socialist-realist paintingsuccessful socialist-realist painting images of the workers and portraits ofimages of the workers and portraits of Mao. Guan made his way to AmericaMao. Guan made his way to America and became a celebrated painter ofand became a celebrated painter of the ballet, which culminated in thethe ballet, which culminated in the release of the book GUAN ZEJU,release of the book GUAN ZEJU, Selected Ballet Paintings, in 2000.Selected Ballet Paintings, in 2000.
  2. 2. Guan Zeju is a Senior Artist of theGuan Zeju is a Senior Artist of the Guangzhou Art Institute and aGuangzhou Art Institute and a member of the Artists' Association ofmember of the Artists' Association of China; he has served as Director of theChina; he has served as Director of the Guangdong Provincial Branch of theGuangdong Provincial Branch of the Artists' Association of China and Vice-Artists' Association of China and Vice- Secretary General of the Oil PaintingSecretary General of the Oil Painting Research Association of Guangdong,Research Association of Guangdong, China. He currently resides in theChina. He currently resides in the United States where he works as aUnited States where he works as a studio artist. He is also a member ofstudio artist. He is also a member of the American Society of Portrait Artiststhe American Society of Portrait Artists and has been awarded the distinctionand has been awarded the distinction of Honorary Overseas Artist by theof Honorary Overseas Artist by the Guangdong Art Institute.Guangdong Art Institute.
  3. 3. Sound: Teresa Teng Wo Zhi Zai Hu Ni Text and pictures: Internet Copyrights of the photos belong to each photographer Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda 2011

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