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Hu Yongkai Archives - Yan Gallery
Works Biography and Information

Born in 1945, Hu Yongkai is best known for his figurative paintings in heavy colour. Combining a natural eye for the picturesque with a modern sense of composition, he has created a unique style, which has influenced many other artists and given rise to many imitators. Not only have his works inspired fellow artists, but they have also been influential within the fields of film, television, fashion and interior design.

Major exhibitions include a Contemporary Chinese Painting Exhibition at the British Museum, One Hundred Years of Chinese Painting Exhibition in China and the First Biannual Beijing International Fine Art Exhibition. He was awarded at the 6th and 9th China National Fine Art Exhibition in Beijing. His works are in the collections of the Beijing China Fine Art Museum, the Beijing Painting Academy, the Shanghai Museum of Art, the Shenzhen Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Cultural Museum, Citibank in Hong Kong, and the Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong.

1945 Born in Beijing, China
1960 Attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1964-85 Art Director, Shanghai Animation Film Studios, Shanghai
1985 Taught at the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University
1988 Moved to Hong Kong. Exhibited in Taiwan, USA, Denmark, Japan and Hong Kong,
Singapore and Germany
1992 Emigrated to the United States
1993 Returned to Hong Kong. Group exhibition organized by Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong, at Art Miami ’93, Miami, USA
1994 Solo exhibition, Gallery Ilse Lommel, Leverkusen, Germany
1997 Solo exhibition, Yi Hua Lang, Hong Kong, ‘Quiet Days’
1998 Solo exhibition, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong, ‘Gardens, Shadows, Memories’
2000 Solo exhibition, Yi Hua Lang, Hong Kong, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’
2001 Solo exhibition, Shanghai, ‘Shanghai Beauty’ organized by Yan Gallery
2002 Solo exhibition, Yan Gallery, Hong Kong, ‘Ebony and Ivory – Ink Paintings by
Hu Yongkai”
2003 Returned to live in Beijing
2005 Solo exhibition, Yan Gallery, Hong Kong, ‘My Fair Lady’