Shi Hu

1942, Hebei China

Introduction

Born in Hebei, Shi Hu studied at the Beijing Arts and Crafts College and the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. He taught at the Beijing Arts Crafts College from 1968 to 1969. In 1977, Shi was employed as art director at the People's Fine Art Publishing House in Beijing. He made an extensive tour to Africa in 1978, and was inspired by the brilliant colours of the exotic cultures and wildlife. The influence of African art can be prominently observed in Shi's aesthetic expressions, and also led to the creation of the artist's famous African Sketches. Shi then undertook a serious study in western art, especially Modernism and Abstractionism. He is skilled in painting figures and animals with strong and unique configurations. He uses boneless technique to create strong contrast of bright colour tones and his brushstrokes are also bold and strong. Shi was incited to the United States as visiting scholar and later settled in Macau. From 1989 onwards, Shi has held exhibitions in the United States of America, Canada and Singapore, and was appointed as Director of the International Chinese Artists Association in Macau in 1996. In 2004, a solo exhibition of Shi Hu was held at the National Arts Museum which later was held in other Asian countries.


BIOGRAPHY

1942   Born in Xushui, Hebei Province,China
1958   Attended Beijing Arts and Crafts School
1960   Attended Zhejiang Fine Arts Institute
1962   Served as soldier
1968   Taught at Beijing Arts and Crafts School
1969   Worked in the crafts field as ivory carver and lacquer polisher
1977   Employed as art director at the People's Fine Arts Publishing House in Beijing, China
1978   Toured thirteen countries in Africa
1979   Published African sketches
1980   Became a professional artist
1985   Selected Paintings of Shi Hu published by Shanxi People's Publishing House, China
1988   Selected Paintings of Shi Hu published by Tianjin Yang Liu Qing Painting Society, China 
1994   Established Shi Hu Poetry Society"
1996   Published essays "Discussion of Character and Thoughts", "Character and Pictograph" and "Spiritual Awakening" Appointed Chairman of the Society of Chinese Artists Worldwide "Solo Exhibition of Shi Hu" organized by Cultural Bureau of Macau
1998  Published Four-volume catalogue "Paintings by Shi Hu" by People's Fine Arts Publishing House
2004   Published catalogue"Paintings of Chinese Modern Artists: Shi Hu"
2006   Published book "One Hundred of Poems and Paintings"
2013   Published book "Cloud of Words: Art Critics by Shi Hu" and the catalogue "Calligraphy and Paintings by Shi Hu"


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013   
  • Solo show with around 1000 paintings, National Art Museum of China , Beijing, China
2005   
  • Shenzhen Art Museum, China
2004   
  • Museum National, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • New life- Shi Hu 2004 Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2003   
  • Solo Exhibition, Macau
2000
  • Paintings by Shi Hu, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1999 
  • Solo exhibition, Exhibited a monumental work Dreams on Earth
  • China Art Expo, Shanghai, China
1998
  • China Art Expo, Shanghai, China
1997
  • China Art Expo, Shanghai, China
1996
  • Solo Exhibition of Shi Hu, Cultural Bureau of Macau, Macau
1995
  • China Art Expo, Beijing, China
1994
  • China Art Expo, Guangzhou, China
1992
  • Stone Tiger, Singapore
  • Ordained - Shi Hu, Singapore; Beijing, China; Taipei, Taiwan; Macau
  • Unity - Shi Hu, Jakarta, Indonesia
1991  
  • Lou Lim lok Garden, Macau
1990
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore
1987 
  • Solo exhibition at Ji Gu Zhai, Hong Kong
1982
  • Nanjing Museum, China


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
2014
  • FINE ART ASIA, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
1993
  • Tresors d'Art, Singapore
  • Exhibited a monumental work Dreams on Earth, China Art Expo, Guangzhou, China
1988
  • Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Krannert Art Museum of University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign; Honolulu, Hawaii; Madison; Wisconsin, USA 
  • Art Asia exhibition, Hong Kong
  • Art Miami exhibition, USA
1987
  • Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland