Chinese born Australian Artist
Hu Ming was born in China in 1955. She won acclaim for her paintings all through her school years,
however as the Cultural Revolution unfolded (1966 – 1976) she found she was only allowed to
paint propaganda posters and heroic portraits of Mao Zedong. This caused Hu Ming to change direction,
so in 1970 she joined the People’s Liberation Army and was assigned to work in a library.
Although warned not to read the books she was cataloguing, she was fascinated with Michelangelo,
and ultimately was severely reprimanded for reading his books.