The National Gallery of Singapore passespersonal exhibition one of the most famous Chinese artists of the 20th century, W. Guanzhong. His distinctive style combines the traditions of Western and Chinese art. He combines in his work the traditional Chinese style of "Guohua" with elements of Western art. A prolific artist and writer, his works have paved the way for young generations of artists and continue to inspire many to this day. On his canvases he captured various aspects of China’s life - architecture, people, plants and animals, and impressionist landscapes of the early 1900s.
Wu Guanzhong was born in Yixing City, Jiangsu Province. Since 1936, he studied Chinese and European painting at the National Academy of Arts in Hangzhou. In 1947-1950 studied in france. He admired the works of Matisse, Gauguin, Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, trying to bring elements of Western art into traditional Chinese painting.
Working as a teacher of painting, Wu Guanzhong was seriously suffering from persecution in his country. Due to the fact that he rejected the direction of social realism and political ideology in art, he was transferred from one academy to another. At the beginning of the cultural revolution in 1966, his work and teaching were banned, and he himself was exiled to Hebei Province for hard work.
Years later, he earned recognition in China and abroad. Wu Guanzhong became a famous teacher who made an enormous contribution to the development of pictorial art, the spread of oil painting in China and the modernization of gohua. His personal exhibitions were held in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Singapore, Indonesia, etc. In 1992, he became the first Chinese artist whose paintings were exhibited in the British Museum during his lifetime.