Hao Qiang was born in 1945 in Yan An, the capital of China when the Chinese Communist Party was fighting against the Japanese. His father, Li Qun, upon graduation from the Hangzhou College of Art, moved to Yan An to participate in the revolutionary movement led by the Chinese Communist Party and later became a famous painter of the Red Army.
In 1967, Hao Qiang graduated from the Middle School of the Central Academy of Art. During the Cultural Revolution, he was branded an “Anti-Revolutionist” because of his public criticisms about the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong, Jiang Qing and his disapproval of the Cultural Revolution. For over 10 years after this, he lost the rights of a common person; his freedom was restricted. Fortunately, his girlfriend did not leave him during this time and married him when times were most difficult. After the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to work in Shanxi Province, where he was once again involved in another political movement.
His life only regained its peacefulness about 10 years ago, when he could focus on taking care of his 90-year-old father and painting – painting his beloved Chinese beauties, upholding traditional values.