Art speaks in China

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Welcome to Randy’s Watercooler Wednesday.

The first time I saw He Qi’s work it stopped me in my tracks. An old friend had He Qi’s “The Nativity” hanging in his home. The color, technique and composition were arresting. I bought a b book of his paintings that included the story of the role of art in his encounter with faith as well as the role of art in his mission. Included here is “The nativity” and my favorite, The Empty Tomb.

His art has opened doors where words have failed

His art has opened the door for life saving words to be heard

Dr. He Qi was a professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and a tutor for master candidate students in the Philosophy Department of Nanjing University. He is also a member of the China Art Association and a council member of the Asian Christian Art Association

He has been committed to the artistic creation of modern Chinese Christian Art since 1983. He hopes to help change the “foreign image” of Christianity in China by using artistic language, and at the same time, to supplement Chinese Art the way Buddhist art did in ancient times. In his works, He Qi has blended together Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, and has created an artistic style of color-on-paper painting.

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Dr. He Qi was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn Ph.D. in the Religious art after Cultural Revolution. He wrote his dissertation while studying at Hamburg Art Institute in Germany, where he was also able to pursue research in medieval art. His work has been well received overseas: He has exhibited in Kyoto, Hong Kong, Geneve, Hamburg, London, St.Paul, San Francisco, Berkeley and madison.,NewHaven,Minneapolis,St.Paul,Madison,Washington,Princeton,Detroit,Tornoto, as well as in mainland China.

Browse He Qi’s gallery and enjoy the delight of the Greatest Story on Earth told in this wonderful medium.

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