Fight For Art,” calligraphy by Lin Fengmian, 1st President of CAA

Hangzhou is a city with rich cultural heritage. Located in the heart of Hangzhou, the academy has inherited its thousand-year-old culture and instilled the spirit of picturesque landscape. The Academy was founded by the renowned educator CaiYuanpei early in 1928, who had been promoting art education in China to redeem the then war-torn China.

At beginning, there were only four departments in the academy including Traditional Chinese Painting, Western Painting, Sculpture and Pattern Design. While in the past eight decades, the academy has been renamed, and was moved westward during the war to Jiangxi, Hunan, Yunnan, Sichuan, and Chongqing, and finally returned to Hangzhou.

Throughout the history of CAA, there are two important academic concepts: one is “eclectic”, championed by the first president Lin Fengmian; and the other is “innovation derives from tradition” advocated by Pan Tianshou. These two interrelated concepts form the major traditions of CAA, and create a free environment for artistic creation and experimentation and also diversified humanities studies.

The academy has attracted and fostered many renowned artists who have become major artistic forces in the country, making it one of the most prestigious art institutions. These important artists with national and international fame are Lin Fengmian, Pan Tianshou, Huang Binhong, Liu Kaiqu, Wu Dayu, Yan Wenliang, Ni Yide, Li Kuchan, Li Keran, Aiqing, Chen Zhifo, Pang Xunqin, Lei Guiyuan, Xiao Chuanjiu, Guan Liang, Huang Junbi, Chang Shuhong, Dong Xiwen, Wang Shikuo, Wang Chaowen, Li Lincan, Deng Bai, Wu Guanzhong, Zhao Wuji, Zhu Dequn, Luo Gongliu……

Their art works and endeavors are models and great references for later artists to learn from.

SUCCESSIVE PRESIDENTS

  • Lin Fengmian

    1928–1938

    Founder, painter well-known for fusing the East and the West

  • Teng Gu

    1938–1940

    Forerunner of Chinese art history

  • Lü Fengzi

    1940–1942

    Painter and founder of the Jiangsu Art Group

  • Chen Zhifo

    1942–1944

    Painter, art historian, graduated from Tokyo Art Academy

  • Pan Tianshou

    1944–1947

    One of the key traditional Chinese painters of the 20th century

  • Wang Rizhang

    1947–1949

    Oil painter, graduated from École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

  • Liu Kaiqu

    1949–1959

    Renowned sculptor and educator

  • Mo Pu

    1980–1983

    Painter, former Standing Director of the Chinese Artists Association

  • Xiao Feng

    1983–1996

    Painter, graduated from Repin Academy of Fine Arts, Leningrad

  • Pan Gongkai

    1996–2001

    Renowned painter and educator, Vice Chairman, Chinese Artists Association

  • Xu Jiang

    2001–PRESENT

    Renowned oil painter, studied at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg; Vice Chairman, Chinese Artists Association