Qi Baishi – One of the Greatest Artists in Chinese History

After reading our blog post: Sumi-e Aliens: Scary Watercolor Interpretation, you might be interested to know more about Qi Baishi (齐白石).

Qi was born in a small village in Hunan provice in 1964. He learned to be a carpenter when he was young, during which time he learned by himself how to paint Sumi-e and write Calligraphy. Later he traveled all over China which inspired him greatly on his art creation style. He once said that, “I paint only what I saw”.

Qi achieved highly not only in the fields of painting and writing, but also on seal carving and poetry composition.

Following are some of Qi’s artworks from his late years.