A landscape painting by contemporary master painter Li Xiongcai (1910-2001 )


Size 136.5 cm X 65.5 cm

Biographical Notes

Li Xiong-Cai was born in Gaoyao of Guangdong province in 1910. His father, Li Junting, was good at Chinese calligraphy and painting and excelled in the art of rubbing making. He supported his family by mounting paintings and rubbings for others. Li Xiong-Cai had therefore received a basic training in art from his father since childhood. At the age of thirteen, Li studied in the Zhaoxing Middle School where he started to learn Chinese painting from his school teacher, Chen Jian. Chen was a favoured student of the well-known Guangong painter, Ju Lian. At the age of sixteen, Li got acquainted with Gao Jianfu, the founder of the `Lingnan School' of painting. Gao gave a very high appraisal of his artistic talent. A year later, Li followed Gao to Guangzhou and became a student of the Gao's art school, the Chunshui Art Studio. He not only studied Chinese painting in school, but also received other training in art. It was during this period that he built up a very good foundation in the technique of sketching. In 1932, he was financially supported by the Chunshui Art Studio to study fine arts in the Tokyo Art Institute. He therefore had the chance to observe various innovations that were made in painting by Japanese painters at that time. He returned to China in 1935 and from that time onwards, he had held various teaching posts in the Guangzhou Art Institute, the Guangzhou Art Academy and the National Art Academy in Chonqing. During the war of China against Japan, Li traveled extensively in the western part of China. He toured Qujiang, Guilin, Chongqing, Chengdu, the three gorges of Chang Jiang, Mount Emei, Xinjiang and Inner Mongoia. He studied the details of the cultural relics found in historic sites and made a series of sketches of the places he visited. There appeared a stylistical change in his paintings after this long journey. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Li often visits rural and industrial developing centres for life ketching. He has recently made a tour to the remote region of the Qinghai Highland. Li has presented a number of one-man exhibitions and the most recent one was held in Hong Kong in 1982. During these few decades, he has produced thousands of sketches and creative paintings. Many paintings are huge in size, varying from a few metres to over ten metres long. Since 1949, Li has taught at the Huanan Arts Institute, Zhongnan Art Academy and the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts. At present, he is the Professor and Deputy Director of the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts.

Li Xiongcai (1910- )

Li Xiongcai is equally skillful at painting figures, landscapes and flower & birds.  He has carried on the traditions of the Lingnan school.  During the long period of time, Lingnan made innovations in technique and developed its own style.  Most of his best known works are executed on a large scale.  He paints with bold fluid sweeps of the brush, creating an imposing atmosphere and suggesting great majesty and splendor.


1910年5月15日出生於廣東肇慶一戶貧窮裱畫匠的家庭,自小受父親薰陶,喜歡繪畫,臨摹古本,少年時得遇嶺南派大師居廉的弟子陳鑒,受他的細心教導,畫藝大進。1928年,他的師叔高劍父把他帶進廣州的春睡畫院學習。經過四年苦讀,成績又有很大提高。他最早習花鳥畫,之後改畫山水。早年他多以山林雨景為作畫題材,1941年,他在漫天烽火中一路奔走,經韶關、桂林入四川,又取道甘肅的河西走廊,經敦煌,入新疆、內蒙古等地,一路采風寫生,並臨摹了敦煌壁畫。50年代以後,黎雄才又多次深入生活,在大江南北寫生作畫。這時期他的山水畫格調清新,善於墨彩變化,筆力雄秀。之後,他的畫風又有所變化,筆墨俱臻,渾厚意蘊及益趨含蓄。黎雄才山水畫另一藝特徵是善於以幹擦法處理石青石綠的重色,並配合上飛白相間的互通互動畫面效果,是對傳統水墨的一種創新和突破。他的畫以數張形式的“多聯屏”及大型畫作形勢表現,多以單純的墨色製造多層面的山水繪畫效果 尤以焦墨渴筆寫生獨勝,風格老辣雄勁。又多次深入山川,師法自然。他的青綠山水特點鮮明改變了過去傳統設色山水的半面處理法把難度很高的漸次渲染法應用到傳統中國畫的畫面上來,評論界將它命名為“黎家山水”。黎氏終於成為“嶺南畫派”第二代傑出代表之一。



黎氏在2001年 12月19日因病於廣州醫院去世。


1910年 ,5月15日生於廣東省肇慶市一戶貧窮裱畫匠家庭。父親黎廷俊擅長繪畫,使黎雄才自幼受到藝術的薰陶,喜歡繪畫。
















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The following news clip was about the death of Li Xiong-cai on Dec. 19, 2001 at the age of 92.


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