Li Fuyuan specialises in animal subjects executed in a distinctive painting style characterised by strong colours and bold brush strokes. Showing a special sensitivity for form and colour, he creates a whole animal kingdom including tigers, leopards, buffaloes, rams, fish and birds, which seems to express his joy in life and nature. His works act as a reminder of the intricacy and beauty of the natural world, encouraging people to protect all living things, especially wild animals threatened by extinction.
The spirit of warmth and optimism inherent in Li's works belies a series of misfortunes in his life. Li was born in Kunming, China, in 1942. In 1957 he was admitted to the studio of Wu Guanzhong in the department of oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, finally graduating after some controversy with extreme left elements in the art circle in 1963. Li Fuyuan's strength of composition and use of vibrant colours were admired by Wu Guangzhong. However, both the great artist and his favourite student were harshly treated during the Cultural Revolution.
|1942||Born in Kunming, Yunnan province, China|
Enrolled at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in the studio of
the master, Wu Guanzhong.
|1963||Graduated from the Fine Art Faculty, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.|
|1963-92||Appointed lecturer at Beijing Art Professional Training College.|
|1988||"Six Artists" oil painting exhibition", Beijing.|
"Wu Guanzhong and Students" exhibition, Chinese History Museum,
|1992||Solo exhibition, "Kingfisher Colours", Zee Stone Gallery, Hong Kong|
|1993||Solo exhibition, "Animal Kingdom", Singapore|
|1994||Solo exhibition, Malaysia|
|1995||Solo exhibition, California, USA|
|1997||"Li Fuyuan - A Retrospective" solo exhibition, Singapore.|