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.