Qi Baishi (1864 – 1957), born in Xiangtan, Hunan, is a master of Chinese painting, and one of top 10 calligraphers and artists in the 20th century, and a world-renowned celebrity of literature.
In 1926, Qi Baishi acted as an honorary professor with National School of Fine Arts of Peiping, an honorary president of Peiping Association of Artists and Writers, an honorary professor with China Central Academy of Fine Arts, a researcher with Central Research Institute of Culture and History, a director with People’s Foreign Culture Association of China, an honorary president of Chinese Painting Institute, president of Beijing Research Institute of Chinese Painting and president of China Artists Association. On July 1949 and September 1953, he attended China National Literature Figure and Artists Conference twice and was elected a member of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles consecutively. On Aug 1954, he was elected as a member of the First National People’s Congress, maintaining deep friendship with Chairman Mao and being accepted. On Jan 1953, the Ministry of Culture granted him with an honorary certificate of merit and a title of “People’s Artist”. On Dec 1955, the Academy of Arts of Democratic Republic of Deutsches granted him with an honorary certificate of communication academician. On Apr 1956, the World Peace Council granted him with International Peace Prize for 1955 followed with an awarding ceremony in September. In 1963, he was recommended by the World Peace Council as a world-renowned celebrity of literature. His works include Poem Collections at Jieshanyin House, Poem Collections of Baishi, Seal Collections of Baishi, Autobiography of Senior Baishi etc. In addition, he published nearly 100 painting collections such as Collected Editions of Qi Baishi.