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.
Her parents were worried about Hu Ming, and found work for her in a military hospital as a nurse. Eventually Hu Ming was granted leave to study at the Tianjin Art Academy where she specialized in traditional “gongbi” style painting. Her first major work won 2nd Prize in the First National Youth Art Exhibition, and the painting was hung in the Tianjin Museum.
Hu Ming traveled extensively to remote regions in China, where she lived with peasants, and pursued her passion for painting. Her grandfather had been a folk artist who carved Buddhist images for temples and monasteries, so it is not surprising that it is Hu Ming’s destiny to become an artist of note herself.
She has held exhibitions in Japan, Singapore and Australia and have been sold to connoisseurs all over the world.