Ann studied Art History and Fine Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and at Strasbourg University in France, then painting restoration at the Institut für Technologie der Malerei, Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künst, Stuttgart, Germany. She taught painting restoration at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge from 1978 until 2007 where she was Assistant to the Director; she published on the history of Western painting techniques including Painting Restoration Before ‘La Restauration’: The Origins of the Profession in France, Harvey Miller 2012.
After a trip to China in 1986 she began learning Chinese Brush Painting and has continued to develop her skills in this tradition. After retiring from her profession as painting restorer, she took up printmaking as well.
Drawing on Eastern and Western practices, she has evolved her own style combining both aesthetic traditions. Ann’s artworks are often painted or printed onto handmade oriental papers and signed in the East Asian manner with red vermilion paste, often using an antique carved seal with her artist’s name Majingju.
She exhibits with the East Asian painting group Song Lin Zhai, among other, and since 2014 she has participated regularly in Cambridge Open Studios and the biannual exhibitions organized by the Cambridge Drawing Society.
Ann Sherry is a freelance painter. Her paintings are both realistic and imaginative. Having studied painting in Muye for many years, she is dedicated to painting character portraits, flowers, plants and animals. She now lives in Beijing.
Bai Yiyi is a freelance painter born in the 90s. He lives and works in Beijing and Shanghai.
Bao Xianlun was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in 1955. He is the vice president of the International Association of Calligraphers and the president of the Calligrapher’s Association of Zhejiang province.
BRIDGET STREVENS MARZO
Bridget Strevens Marzo is an award-winning, internationally published illustrator and author of children’s books. She has a long experience of inspiring adults and children in their own creative ventures, using her books as a springboard for art events in museums like Tate Britain, and in book festivals across Europe, the US and China.
After an MA in Chinese and Art History from King’s College, Cambridge, Bridget studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts (EnsBA) in Paris. Living in France for over two decades, she worked for publishers including Bayard France, Bloomsbury and Harper Collins and also taught at Parsons Paris School of Design. Bridget returned to the UK in 2011 where she continues her art, picture book making, and mentoring.
Cathy Parker is a Cambridge based artist. Her paintings spring from her lifelong enjoyment of the natural world. Cathy's enduring theme is the landscape wherever she is, whether fenland or heaths, coast, moors or mountains. She has a particular affection for trees. Cathy works in various media, including watercolour, acrylic, oils, in and mixed media. She has two ways of working: outdoors in front of the subject, in direct response to the enduring forms of the landscape and the fleeting changes of light, colour and weather; and in the studio producing semi-abstracted works. Cathy's works are exhibited at Cambridge Drawing Society, New Hall Cambridge, Clare Hall Cambridge, Wicken Fen, Society of East Anglian Watercolourists and Outside Edge.
Chu Yun was born in Yixing, Jiangsu province. He is the director of the International Association of Calligraphers, vice president of Wuxi Calligrapher’s Association, and the vice president of Wuxi Painting Academy.
Claire Dalby is a painter of landscapes and botanical illustrations. She is also a printmaker. Claire was born in St Andrews in 1944, studied at the City and Guilds of London Art School in1964 and married the botanist, D. H. Dalby in1967. Claire is an elected member of Royal Watercolour Society (R.W.S.) and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (R.E.).
David Paskett was born in 1944 in London. He studied fine art at Hornsey College of Art. His distinctive watercolour technique is founded in oil and tempera painting with emphasis on drawing. Intrigued by still life groupings seen on streets and waterways, his work is characterized by detail, clear shadows, controlled tone and rhythmic repeated pattern. David lived in Hong Kong from 1986-1990. He worked as an artist at London's Science Museum in 1991 and was artist in residence at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford 1992-1993. David was elected as Vice-President of the Royal Watercolour Society from 2009-2012. In recent years, David participated as judge and exhibitor in International watercolour exhibitions in Lushan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Zhujiajiao and Hangzhou of China.
Di Yuliang was born in Huantai, Shandong province in 1955. He is the director of the International Association of Calligraphers and the vice president of Zibo Calligrapher’s Association.
Du Zhonggao is a famous Taiwanese calligrapher. At the age of 16, he was admitted into the National Taichung Teachers College, Department of Chinese. In his spare time, he studied calligraphy from Lv Foting. During his study in the National Taiwan Normal University, he became a student of the great calligrapher Xie Zong’an, and studied with an emphasis on calligraphy art. Subsequently, he was admitted into the Art Institute of University of Tsukuba in Japan to study calligraphy and philology. Upon graduation, he began to teach in the Taiwan Normal University’s Department of Chinese and served as the associate professor of the Department of Fine Arts. In Du’ s calligraphy works, it can be seen that his official script is simple and vigorous. He writes Chinese calligraphy based on artistic conception so as to achieve changes within the rules, for example writing seal script in an elegant and bold manner with vigorous strokes and unique styles. The writing skills of his semi-cursive script are free and unrestricted, like flooding rain. In writing regular script, he is skilful and creates elegant and majestic script with a lively charm. Finally, his calligraphy works regardless of the script type are all naturally flowing, vigorous, varied and majestic. Du was a lecturer at the Taiwan Chinese Medical College, the associate professor at the National Taiwan Normal University and founding director at the Chinese Calligraphy and Art Society. At present, he is one of the judges of the Taiwan Art Exhibition, Taiwan Zhongshan Art Award, Taiwan Literature and Art Prize and Taipei National Museum of History and consultant at the Taiwan Chinese Calligraphy Society.
Fan Guoqiang, whose literary name is Qinren (scholar), is a highly achieving national level artist, who currently enjoys a special subsidy from the State Council. Fan is talented at making all types of script, especially Zhangcao (a special type of cursive script). When writing in Zhangcao, he integrates the inner spirit of ancient masters of Zhangcao and the aesthetic preference of the era. His application of Zhangcao conforms to the ancient rules and he strives that every character can be traced back to the historical origin. Furthermore, he does not rigidly follow the ancient rules and is innovative. For instance, he flattens Chinese characters and seeks unique breakthroughs on Zhangcao, official script and clerical official script. He also equally emphasises the accumulation of knowledge and skills, and creation context. He believes that accumulation and context are both indispensable. In this way, a sense of chance that perfection can be achieved without being keen on excellence can be formed, and a sense of freedom of art and creation joy can be felt. Currently, Fan is a member of the International Exchange Committee of the Chinese Calligraphers Association, Deputy Secretary General of China International Calligraphers Association, Vice Chairman of Shandong Province Calligraphers Association, chairman of Qingdao Calligraphers Association, distinguished researcher at France Sorbonne University, and visiting professor of Guangzhou Jinan University and College of the Arts at Qingdao University of Technology.
Gan Daofu was born in Quanjiao county of Anhui Province. He is a Chinese contemporary ceramist and artist, teacher at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Art Director at the Jingdezhen Academy of Blue and White Porcelain Institute, and Co-founder of the Contemporary Ceramicist association Ice Blue Art.
Ge Muye is a painter and photographer based in Beijing. He is also the founder of MUYE Art Studio(Beijing).
Geng Yuliang was born in 1955 in Hengtai, Shandong Province. He is Chairman of the International Calligraphers Association, Vice Chairman of Zi Bo Calligraphers Association in Shandong Province.
He Lianren was born in Liaozhong, Liaoning province in 1947. He is the vice president of Liaoning Calligrapher’s Association and the president of Panjin Calligrapher’s Association.
Huang Jiamao was born on the 25th of June 1980 in Chenzhou, Hunan Province. He was enrolled at the School of Chinese Painting of China Academy of Art to study landscape painting in 2001, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree of arts. In 2006, he continued his study of Chinese landscape painting in the graduate studies program. In 2018, he received a doctoral degree in arts, with Prof. Wei Xiaorong as his tutor. He is a senior lecturer of China Academy of Art and a member of Zhejiang Painting Academy.
Huang Yong was born in 1968. In 1990 BFA, he attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. In the years of 2004-2016 Huang stood as Director at the School Modelling Basics, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently, a Professor and Graduate-student Adviser of the Institute of Arts Administration and Education, Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Jean Bacon is Emeritus Professor of Distributed Systems in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. She was the first woman to be appointed as a Lecturer there in 1985. She is also an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge and a Director of Studies in Computer Science.
Her other talents include her artwork. She has held several exhibitions at The Art Centre at King's College Cambridge. In 2016 she was asked to present a painting to the Xu Zhimo Festival of Art and Poetry. She works in watercolour and often in still life or abstract fashions. The subjects of her paintings include plants and architecture.
Jiang Baolin was born in Shandong Penglai in 1942. In 1967,he graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Art, and in 1979 he enrolled as a postgraduate student under the guidance of Li Ranhe. Currently, he is a Ph.D. supervisor at the China National Academy of Painting. He mainly focuses on freehand paintings utilizing flowers and birds. In China he is ranked as the number one freehand artist for flowers and birds and is also known for painting mountains and rivers. His works have been included in the 2010 exhibition in the USA ‘A Country’s Art’ organized by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.
Jin Rilong is a painter and is professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Vice Director for the Animation and Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association.
Ke Tongzhi was born in 1943 in Putian, Fujian Province. He graduated from the School of Art at Fujian Normal University in 1965. His teachers were the respected Song Shengyu and Chen Zifen, both of whom were famous painters of Lingnan School. Mr. Ke currently serves as a researcher at the College of Art Creation of Chinese National Academy of Arts, and as a researcher at Department of Calligraphy and Painting of Central Research Institute of Culture and History. He is also a member of China Artists Association and a member of China Printmaking Artists Association. His other positions include Deputy Director of the School of Calligraphy and Painting at National Defense University PLA China, President of Hunan Provincial Flower and Birds Painter Association, Staff of Hunan Research Institute of Culture and History, Managing Director of Chinese Academy of Tropical Rainforest Art and Honorary President of Changsha Artists Association.
Li Xiaojun was born in Beijing in 1960. He is the Executive Director of the International Association of Calligraphers, researcher of the China National Academy of painting, the Chinese National Academy of Arts and Chinese Academy of Calligraphy.
Lin Jingwen was born in Lanzhou, Gansu province in 1950. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers, vice president of Gansu Calligrapher’s Association, and vice president of Gansu Painting Academy.
Liu Chunchao, is both an artist and poet. Currently, he holds many positions such as: President of the Gu Yuan Museum of Art, member of the Chinese Artists Association, member of the China Writers Association, member of the Chinese Music Literature Association, Deputy Chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Young Artists Association, Director of the Guangdong Artists Association and General Director of the Guangdong Lacquer Art Committee. He is recognised as a national level artist in China. His artwork was shortlisted during the Eleventh National Art Exhibition and won the Best Exhibition Award (the most prestigious prize) at the Shanghai World Expo China Art Exhibition. His artworks are published in Art and other magazines. Liu Chunchao Art Exhibitions have been held in Germany, Finland, Spain, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Macao and other countries. Within China, they have been held in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Liu Chunjie is a member of the Standing Committee of Nanjing Municipal Association, the director of the Jinling Art Museum, the dean of the Nanjing Art Research Institute, a member of the Printmaking Committee of China Artists Association, the visiting professor of the Printmaking Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), the visiting professor at School of Fine Arts of Guizhou University for Nationalities, the visiting professor of School of Fine Arts and Design of Guizhou Normal University, the deputy director of the Executive Committee of International Academic Printmaking Alliance at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), distinguished fellow of the China Academy of Art, expert judge of National Art Foundation, and a member of China Artists Association and National First Class Artist.
Liu Xinde was born in Zibo, Shandong province in 1964. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers and vice president of Sichuan Calligrapher’s Association.
Liu Yujun is a young artist from China. She is currently studying Chinese painting at the China Academy of Art. Her works have been exhibited at many art fairs and galleries in China. In May 2017, she attended the Unbounded International Youth Art Exhibition in New York & Beijing, China, and won a prize.
Liu Zheng was born in Jiangxi Province in December 1963. At present, he is a professor at the China Academy of Art, Vice Director of the Ceramic Art Committee of the Chinese Artists Association. Over the thirty years that he has been teaching, he has demonstrated great commitment to studying and creating ceramic sculptures, porcelain paintings and painting on paper. Liu pays particular attention to human life within the context of oriental culture, this is one of his major themes. The creation of Buddhist Arhan can best represent his values, whilst expressing his philosophy. arhan; the one who enters Nirvana. All Karma of reincarnation is destroyed.
Liu Zhengcheng comes from the Han nationality. He is both an advocate and practitioner of innovative calligraphy. As the ancient Chinese phrased it, “the most important subtlety of calligraphy lies in spirit”. His running-regular script works, both gentle and elegant, cleverly adopted from the essence of stone rubbings and rewritten with a combination of delicacy and strength. His cursive script has the straightforwardness of Mi Fu and vigour of master of cursive script Zhang Zhi. In his lines, he intentionally or unintentionally shows the customs left by Zhang Zhi. He uses light and dark ink in a natural way. Liu is an expert in his field, and currently enjoys a special subsidy from the State Council. He is the Chief Chairman of the Chinese International Calligraphers Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Calligraphy Encyclopaedia and member of the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society. He served as Deputy Editor-in-chief for the literature company The Earth, the Deputy General Secretary and Director of the Chinese Calligraphy Association’s Academic Committee, and the President and Chief Editor of Chinese Calligraphy.
Liu Zhengxing was born in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in 1952. Liu is a renowned oil painter and ink painter from China, he served as a member of the Chengdu Committee of the CPPCC Standing Committee. He is Director of the China Artists Association, Vice Chairman of Sichuan Artists Association and Chairman of Chengdu Artists Association. Liu has successfully launched several cultural projects and related events both on national and international levels, which extend wide influence at home and abroad, contributed to cultural development whilst receiving many compliments from both party committees and government's officials.
Liu Zhixian was born in Leshan, Sichuan province in 1970. He is the executive director and office chief of the International Association of Calligraphers, editorial director of Chinese Encyclopaedia of Calligraphy, and examiner of the examination center of the China Calligraphers Association.
LYNNE E. WINDSOR
Lynne E. Windsor was born in Lincolnshire, where she now lives and works. She studied drawing and painting at Loughborough College of Art, specialising in Ceramics. In 1993 Lynne moved to New Mexico, USA where she spent twenty years building her career as a landscape painter. During this period, she had numerous exhibitions, and is often invited to exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum of Fine Art. She has been commissioned to create paintings for Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the El Paso Children's Hospital and for the Dorchester Hotel in London. Lynne returned to the UK in 2009. Since then, she has been invited to exhibit at various open exhibitions, including 'Bite' at the Mall Gallery, London, Pushing Print in Margate, The Society of Scottish Artists annual invitational in Edinburgh and The Royal West of England Academy Open Invitational, Bristol. Lynne is represented by Byard Art in Cambridge.
Matthew Blakely is a distinguished and internationally known potter. He was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated to Australia in 1988 where he studied at the National Art School in Sydney, winning the State Medal in 1993. Of his work, he says: "I endeavour to make pots that are beautiful visually and physically, and that are a pleasure to use. Function is important to me because it influences the way a pot will be appreciated. I want my pots to be handled, felt and explored as well as being looked at. Often certain qualities present in the pot are quite subtle and will not be discovered easily or quickly."
Mei Mosheng was born in Tangshan, Hebei province in 1960. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers and director of the Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting.
Peter moved to Cambridge in the late 1980s to set up the Solitary Pine Studio - Gu Song Zhai, and to teach traditional brush painting. He studied with Professor Fei Cheng Wu, who was in turn a student of the distinguished painter, Xu Beihong. He completed his studies at The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. His exhibitions include the Royal Academy, London, Salon de l' Aquarelle de Belgique, Galerie Leda Fletcher, Geneva, the Urasenke Foundation, Kyoto, Taipei Artist's Village, Taipei, Soo- chow University, Taipei and Starts Gallery Taipei. He has also researched Japanese painting techniques, which he has incorporated in his work. He is a master of the Urasenke School of Tea, Cha Do, and teaches in Cambridge.
Qu Leilei was a founding member of the 'Stars' group, the first ever contemporary art movement to appear in China and challenge it as an unwestern establishment. Now one of China's leading contemporary artists, in recent years, he has continuously created four major projects in the form of a combination of paintings and installations: ‘The Sun in My Dream- First Half of My Life’, ‘Here and Now - to Face a New Century’, ‘Everyone’s Life is Epic’, ‘Brush, Ink, Light, Shadow’ and ‘Thousands Years of Empire’. These have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues including for instance the Venice Biennale, the Beijing Biennale and One-man show in the Ashmolean Museum, and China National Art Museum. His works comprise a blend of classical Chinese and Western art techniques combined with modern concept. In unison, these pieces reflect the artist’s deep concern about humanity in particular today’s peoples and the conditions in which we all live. In addition to the major projects, he also paints landscape, life-drawing and still-life, with his own particular visual language. He is also a Tai Chi master. He has published seven books so far. He lectures on classic and Modern Chinese Art, in the British Museum, V&A, Royal Academy, Christie’s and Sotheby’s Institutes, London University.
Sarah Butterfield paints people on beaches, London tube stations at dusk, a busy street cafe and lovers on a motorbike disappearing into the shimmering summertime traffic, anything that contains a glint of fascination for the eye. She has a particular gift for light. She paints the atmosphere and the time of day. She can capture a pose and what people are feeling. Sarah has exhibited at major London galleries, including The Royal College of Art, Agnew’s, Albemarle and Frost & Reed. She has also exhibited in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Her paintings are owned by Jenny Agutter, Rt Hon Michael Portillo, Lord Coe, HRH Prince of Wales, HM The Queen and Jon Snow.
Seiu Takaki is a famous Japanese calligrapher and member of the Japanese Art Exhibition. He enjoys a high reputation in the Japanese calligraphy circle and has been to China to exchange ideas on calligraphy many times. He holds the positions of Director for Kensinn Calligraphy Society and Honorary Director of Xiling Seal Engravers Society.
Shao Yan was born in 1962 and is a calligrapher. He is a research fellow at the Chinese National Academy of Painting, director of the Art Centre of Chinese Characters, and executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers. His works have received many domestic and international awards.
Shu Jiong was born in Chengdu, Sichuan province in 1956. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers, vice president of Sichuan Calligrapher’s Association and president of Chengdu Calligrapher’s Association.
Simon Pierse is a painter and writer. He was born in London in 1956 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. He is also an art historian with particular interests in Australian art, and the author of Australian Art and Artists in London (1950-1965): an antipodean summer, published in 2012. Simon has recently completed a six-month residency at Dunmoochin, Melbourne, the home of Australian artist Clifton Pugh. Simon is a landscape painter working in oils and watercolour. He is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, an artist associate member of the Alpine Club, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Soon after receiving her diploma in fine art from the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting, Kensington, London, in 1971, Sue Moult moved to Yogyakarta, Indonesia where she studied Batik painting in this cultural centre of Java. Sue, having moved back to the UK in 1994 has participated in Cambridge Open Studios since 1999, and some of her paintings can be found in www.camopenstudios.co.uk/ user/452/summary.
Wang Huaxiang was born in Guizhou in 1962. He graduated from Guiyang Guizhou Art School in 1981 and from the Printmaking Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. Since then, he has worked as a teacher in China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is now vice-president at the Creative Sketch School of Central Academy of Fine Arts, the director, professor, advisor for doctoral candidates at the Printmaking Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts, president of International Academic Printmaking Alliance, deputy director of the Printmaking Committee at China Artists Association, vice-president of the Chinese Printmaking Department of Chinese National Academy of Arts, visiting professor for Accademia Di Belle Aarti di Roma, visiting professor for Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, president of Wanshenggu Museum, honorary president of Jiangsu Printing Academy and honorary president of Feidi Academy of Fine Art.
Will Hill is a typographer, educator and visual artist whose work is concerned with type, letters and the visual properties of language. He is the author of The Complete Typographer (Thames and Hudson 2010), co-author of Art and Text (Black Dog 2011), and contributor to the Phaidon Compendium of Graphic Design (2012) and the Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System (2017). He is Deputy Head of the School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University where he leads the MA in Graphic Design and Typography, and where he recently co-curated the exhibition Graphic Constellations: visual poetry and the properties of space (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge 2015). He holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. His work as a visual artist deals with the typography of environment and architecture, his kinetic artwork Cosmographica was exhibited at St Peter Hungate, Norwich in 2013, and he has recently collaborated with sculptor Harry Gray on the artwork Discover and Acquire for Clare College, Cambridge.
Wu Kousen is an illustrator and teaches watercolour courses in MUYE studio. She loves expressing her mood through experiments with different types of painting media and getting unexpected results. Now she lives and works in Beijing.
Xu Benji, born in 1947, is a calligrapher and art critic. He is president of the Hubei Association of Calligraphers, vice-president of the International Association of Calligraphers, and a highly acknowledged artist. He has published Wuhan Poetry: the Calligraphic Works of Xu Benyi and Serial Chinese Fan Calligraphy: Xu Benyi Volume.
Yang Feng was born in Zhejiang Province in 1960. He is a professor and advisor for doctoral degree candidates at Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts. He is also the director of the Printmaking Committee of Shaanxi Artists Association and a member of the Printmaking Committee of China Artists Association.
Yang Xun was born in Chongqing in 1981. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2005. He now lives in Beijing.
Yu Hui is a female artist and was born in Nanjing in 1960. She is a member of Chinese Artists Association, a national level artist, a Fellow of China National Academy of painting and a distinguished professor of Art Research Institute, Nanjing University. She is also the Vice President of Jiangsu Academy of traditional Chinese painting.
Yu Mingquan, born in 1963, is a calligrapher, poet, art critic, professor at Shangdong University of Arts, vice-president of Shandong Association of Calligraphers, and executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers. He published nine collections of artwork.
Yu Rong is a children’s book illustrator based in Cambridge. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Chinese painting and Contemporary Art Design from Nanjing Normal University and her Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art, where she studied under Quentin Blake.
Books she has illustrated have been published globally by publishers such as Walker and include works with the Hans Christian Andersen Award winner: Professor Cao Wenxuan and the Andersen nominee Mrs Qin Wenjun. Her illustrations have won her many awards including the BIB Golden Apple Award and a Nami Island International picture book award.
Zhang Jialing's ancestors were originally from Haining, Zhejiang. He was born in the mountain city of Jialing River, Chongqing in 1942 and his literary name is Fengtang. He is a famous contemporary literati painter, calligrapher, inkstone and ceramic artist. His publications include Zhang Jialing Paintings, Fengtang Inkstones and Remarks on Art and Literature Hare Flushing Out and Falcon Swooping Down (quick flow of writer's thoughts and imagination).
Zhang Jianmin, born in 1977, is a painter, executive vice-president and professor at the Hebei Academy of Fine Arts, and the vice-president of the Hebei Folk Culture Association.
Zhang Li was born in 1962. As a renowned painter, she has the title of National First-Class Artist of China. She is currently a professor at Hebei Academy of Fine Arts, China.
Zhang Tielin, born in 1957, is an actor and calligrapher, dean of the Arts Faculty of Jinan University and vice-president of the International Association of Calligraphers. His selected dramas and films include: My Fair Princess, The First Chinese's Empress's Tombstone, The Long Poems of the Chang Ge Period and The Burning of the Imperial Palace.
In 1975, Zhang Zhigang was born in the Linchuan District of Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province. In 1996, he graduated from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. Zhang Zhigang has studied and promoted the ceramic handicrafts of Baihu Kiln for over 20 years. Since childhood, he has followed and learned from Zhang Yalin, Yu Yong, Huang Huanyi, Li Jianshen, and other masters of ceramic arts and crafts. His works have been exhibited in Beijing and won many awards.
Zhao Yanjun was born in Zhuji, Zhejiang province in 1961. He is the executive director of the International Association of Calligraphers and vice president and secretary general of Zhejiang Calligrapher’s Association.
Zhen Zhongyi, born in 1957, is a painter, educator, and founder of the Hebei Academy of Fina Arts. In 2012, he established the Oriental Calligraphy and Painting Institute and is currently its chairman.
Zheng Jimin was born in 1951 in Changle, Fujian Province. He devotes himself not only to calligraphy but also to studying and playing Chinese musical instruments. From 1979 to 1996, he served as the First dizi player in the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He received the Hong Kong Annual Arts Award and the Jinding Prize issued by the Taiwanese authority. In 1996, he moved to Vancouver where he worked as director of the Chuanyin Arts Center while continuing his performances. As founder of the North America Contemporary Calligraphy and Arts Association, he has served as president. He returned to China in 2009. He is currently artistic director of the Zhaoxian Qingyin Centre, Hangzhou and vice-president of the International Association of Calligraphers.
Zheng Qinyan currently works as an associate professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In addition, Zheng is a commissioner of the Youth Federation which is directly governed by the Central Government of China, and a committee member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2007 and 2008. Throughout 2009, she gave a series of lectures on Chinese art and related art education at over ten universities including the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo exhibitions were successfully held at the Macy Art Gallery of Columbia University in 2008. Through sponsorship provided by the Overseas Training Project for Chinese Young Artists funded by the Chinese Artists Association, she has visited the Art Institute of Chicago and presented "The Reverie in Zen—Zheng Qinyan’s Exhibition of Works on Paper". Her works have been collected by many art institutions.
Zou Tao was born in Zibo, Shandong province in 1965. He is a member of the China Calligraphers Association, vice president and secretary general of the Calligrapher’s Association of Zhangdian district, vice president of Zibo China Academy of Painting and vice president of the association of folk artists in Zhangdian district.