Renowned Chinese artist to discuss Chinese Christian Art at Wake Forest

By Pam Barrett
April 21, 2006

Internationally renowned Chinese artist He Qi will discuss Christian Art in China at Wake Forest University at 10 a.m. May 1. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Wingate Hall, Room 202. Some of the artist's work will also be on display after the lecture.

Committed to creating modern Chinese Christian Art since 1983, He Qi is considered China's most famous Christian artist. He creates vibrant, colorful, contemporary paintings that are a blend of Chinese folk customs, traditional Chinese painting techniques, and western art styles from the Middle and Modern Ages. His work features a series of paintings on Bible stories with a special focus on Jesus Christ as a messenger of peace and rejoicing.

A picture of Raphael's "Madonna and Child" in an old magazine was He Qi's first contact with Christianity. The impact the image made on him was so profound that he went on to find out more about the Christian faith.

He Qi's work has been exhibited in Kyoto, Hong Kong, Geneva, Hamburg, London, China and in several cities in the United States. His art has been featured on the BBC and in several publications, including Asian Week, Christianity Today, Upper Room, Augsburg Fortress and The World Daily.

He Qi was one of the first people from China to earn a doctorate in religious art after the Cultural Revolution. He is a professor at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and a tutor for master candidate students in the philosophy department of Nanjing University. He is currently the Paul T. Lauby artist in residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Conn., and a visiting scholar at Yale University. He is also a member of the China Art Association and the Asian Christian Art Association.

The lecture is sponsored by the Wake Forest Divinity School and is funded by Knollwood Baptist Church. He Qi will also be the featured artist for the Community Arts Festival at Knollwood Baptist Church April 30 through May 7.

For more information about the lecture, call 336-758-3957.