Ting Shao Kuang as born in Chenggu, a
village located in the Northern province of Shanxi, China in
1939. The year Ting was born, this area, which once was the
center of an advanced civilization, was reeling from the ravages
of the Sino-Japanese war. But as the war progressed, Ting's
father, a Kuomintang official in Beijing, helped rally the Nationalist
forces, and the Japanese Imperial Army was eventually defeated.
By age 11, he was painting every day, using cooking
oil as a medium for his pigment. Despite his lack of adequate
supplies, he evidenced such remarkable talent that, in 1954,
he was given the opportunity to attend the prestigious high
school affiliated with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
In 1957, Ting was accepted at Beijing's Central Academy
of Arts and Crafts. Although he was taught "Socialist Realism"
in his classes, it was during this time that he discovered the
works of Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani. The paintings of these
artists inspired him to experiment with new themes and techniques.
It is generally known that Picasso's paintings have
exerted a great influence on the modern world, as have Oriental
paintings. Ting Shao Kuang, a prominent contemporary Chinese
painter in America, has produced works characterized by a combination
of traditional Chinese painting techniques and the more expressive
Western art forms. He has created a unique style that does not
belong exclusively to the East or the West, but to the world.