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Xu MangYao

Xu MangYao, who was born in 1945 in Shanghai, is a famous contemporary oil painter whose original family home is Chongfu county, Tongxiang city, Zhejiang province. He began his study of art at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts Preparatory School when he was 17, and his teachers were professor Wang DeWei and Quan ShanShi. In 1980, he graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Zhejiang Academy where he remained as an instructor through 1984. In 1984 he went abroad to French to study in French Paris National Academy of Fine Arts which was sent by National Ministry of Culture and China Academy of Fine Arts. He studied modern oil painting in studio of Professor Pierre Carron. From November, 1991 to January, 1993, he went to Paris to undertake academic exchanges in Paris National Decoration College of the Arts as visiting scholar. From December, 1997 to March, 1998 he undertook academic research activities invited by French CYAL Association. In 1998, he was transformed from China Academy of Fine Arts to work as professor and president in Academy Department of Shanghai Normal University. In 2001, he participate in color research activities invited by Europe Color Association. In August, 2002 he became a member of International Association of Art and secretary-general of Chinese People Association of Art of UNESCO. Mr. Xu MangYao once held individual exhibition and jointly hold an exhibition in foreign countries such as French, America, England, and Belgium, and also in Hong Kong, and Macao, and in our country. Many works are collected by museums and collectors. In the decade of he 1990's, Xu Mangyao was a professor and artist in residence at the China National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou. He is currently a professor and President of the Art College of Shanghai Normal University and he writes frequently on art theory for international journals. Two books on his work have been published and he is included in numerous museum collections internationally.

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