Luo Guirong is a top-ranking artist in China. His prints are among the highest-priced in today's art market of modern Chinese prints. Artworks by Luo Guirong have been exhibited in the United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, Korea, Germany, Lithuania, Malaysia and Singapore. In February and March of 2006 his woodblock prints were shown at Concord Gallery in New York.
Chinese artist Luo Guirong was born in 1962. He is a member of the China Artists Association and a first-grade artist who was honored by the Chinese State Department. Luo Guirong is a vice chairman of the Ningxia Artists' Association. You may encounter works by the artist also under the pseudonym of Luo Han - maybe because he belongs to the Chinese Han nationality.
From Feb 4 until March 5 of 2006 Luo Guirong's woodblock prints were shown together with another artist from the West of China, Wang Yingquan at Concord Gallery in New York. Two big solo exhibitions with Luo Guirong will soon be held in Shanghai and in Suzhou city of Jiangsu province.
1990 - Prize of Excellence of the First National Youth Woodcut Print Exhibition in Shanghai, China.
1992 - "White Head Cover" won the Gold prize of the 11th National Print Exhibition in Ningxia, China.
1994 - "Saint Light - Moslems of Eastern Countries" won the Bronze prize of the 12th National Print Exhibition in Shenzhen, China.
1996 - "Far-Away Moslems of Eastern Countries" won the Silver prize of the 13th National Print Exhibitio in Nanjing, China.
1996 - "Pilgrim Moslems of Eastern Countries" won the prize of excellence of the 8th National Excellent Art Works Exhibition of China, Beijing.
1997 - "History of Hong Kong's Return" won the Silver prize of the Art Exhibition of China in Beijing.
1998 - "Pass Through Mosque" won the Bronze prize of the 14th National Print Exhibition in Chengdu.
1999 - "Pass Through Mosque" won the Silver prize of the Contemporary China Youth Handwriting and Art Exhibition in Beijing.
1999 - "Peace - Moslems of Eastern Countries" was rewarded the "Luxun Woodcut Prize" by the Chinese Printmakers Association in Qingdao.
1999 - "Peace - Moslems of Eastern Countries" won the Bronze prize of the 9th National Excellent Art Works Exhibition of China in Beijing.
2000 - "Light of the Century" won the Bronze prize of the 15th National Print Exhibition.
2002 - The "Gone with the Wind" series won the Bronze prize of the 16th National Print Exhibition in Guangzhou.
2002 - International Printmakers' Invitational Exhibition of China and Japan.
2003 - "The Light of the Century" was shown at the Beijing Biennial International Prints Exhibition 2003.
2003 - "The light of the Century" won the prize of Excellence of the 2nd China Art Gold color Exhibition.
2004 - "My Land and Me" was shown at the 10th National Art Exhibition.
Luo Guirong's art works achieve high prices in the art market. The following information was taken from the booklet "Artist Luo Guirong".
"Besides all these, in the year 2003, his work "The Light of the Century" was successfully sold for 23,100 Chinese yuan (ca, 2,900 USD), and "Sunlight Sunlight" for 12,100 Chinese yuan (ca. 1,500 USD) at a special auction of "China Classical Woodcut Prints 1940-2003" in Guangzhou by the China Guardian Auctions.
"In 2004 his print artwork "The Pilgrim" was successfully sold for 17,600 Chinese yuan (ca. 2,200 USD) at a special auction of "Original Works of China Oil Paintings, Woodcuts and Picture Books" in Guangzhou by the China Guardian Auctions."
Mr. Luo Guirong is a man who takes his art very serious. He has studied a lot during his printmaking career, and invented a special technique that is called in China's art scene "Luo's cutting technique".
When one looks closer at the artist's print works, one can recognize a kind of a mosaic pattern. The Chinese speak of "mosaic style". To achieve this effect, Mr. Luo Guirong uses a special color block to build his images and he prints starting with the dark colors and finishing with the light colors. Normally artists print the other way around.
Mr. Luo's creations are full of digital features. Before he starts to make a new image, he must make a well-prepared plan of the creation process. This way of making a woodblock print requires much patience and perseverance. It is nearly impossible to copy a work by Luo Guirong.
The artist's print creations are full of sublime power. Luo Guirong uses a kind of art language of his own. The colors used by him are often of a deep yellow. This gives some of his images with scenes from the rural countryside a feeling as if you are looking at paintings by French painter Jean-Francois Millet.
For the print work "Gone with the Wind" Luo Guirong tried to print every copy of this edition in a different basic color. This makes each copy more unique and more valuable.
The artist uses oil-based inks. His editions are small and well-printed.
National Art Museum of China.
Woodcut Print Museum of Shenzhou, China.
Art Museum of Jiangsu province, China.
Art Museum of Shenzhen city, China.
Art Museum of Qingdao city, China.
Art Museum of Guangdong province, China.
Art Museum of Ningxia province, China.
Shanghai Artist Committee, China.
Union of Anhui Provincial Literature and Art, China.
College of Guizhou National Art, China.
Author: Dieter Wanczura