Although he studied socialist realism at “Beijing’s Central Academy”, Ting was secretly influenced by the works of Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani. One of China’s foremost living artists, his work imparts a purposeful marriage of ancient customs, masterful brush strokes and calligraphic lines mixed with the starkness and beauty of modernism. This unique style combines traditional Chinese painting techniques and the more expressive qualities of Western art. Kuang’s personal feelings led him to seek artistic freedom in the United States in 1979. Here follows the amazing story of Chinese contemporary art and the incredible success of one of its leading proponents.