SNAPSHOT PROFILE 5
Thewall arts and ancient quotes in Yiding Liu’s house portray hisexcellence in Chinese Calligraphy. Liu is enthusiasts in the art, anda mentor in Chinese Calligraphy Club. The first time I saw hispainting, it was in a public exhibition, in China. The highest bidderbought it at over five times the opening price. The integration ofcolors, connection of ideas and general impression was so attractivesuch that I thought it was one of the ancient Chinese art painted bydevoted artists (Chiang, 1976).
“Iam the mentor of the recently established Chinese Calligraphy in2011. I love the art because it is a creative way of educating peopleabout Chinese culture,” he confessed during the interview.
Accordingto Kai, the marketing director of the Chinese Calligraphy Club, “Liuis a versatile and naturally talented artist. He seems to have freshideas every time he organizes short lectures in the weeklyworkshops.”
AlthoughI was perplexed after I discovered that Liu was a young man, itsounded incredible after he revealed during the interview thatChinese Calligraphy is just a hobby to him. In the University, he isspecializing in Accounting and Finance. My first question was wherehe gets time to train calligraphy and at the same time focus on hismajor subjects.
“InChinese adage we say, ‘be the first to the field and the last tothe couch.’ I wake up early in the morning, so that I can haveadequate to study, research on Chinese Calligraphy, watch televisionand play basketball for at least practice Tai Chi.” He emphasizeson the activities that he does on a daily basis are routine that hedoes not experience pressure accomplishing it.
FromLiu’s viewpoint, he claims, “A child’s life is like a piece ofpaper where everyone leaves a mark on it.” His father introducedhim to calligraphy art when he was just eight years old. Since then,over a decade ago, he is still a Chinese Calligraphy hobbyist. Hementors interested students in the art at Indiana UniversityBloomington.
Inanother interview conducted by James Yang, Liu shared some tips thathelped him to enjoy calligraphy. “John Keats, the English poet,once claimed, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” He assertsthat the beauty of Chinese calligraphy is the fact that it isvisually attractive as well as, always aims at passing a crucialmessage. He individually confesses that he is fond of conveying thebeauty and value of Chinese culture in his artwork. He also notesthat Chinese calligraphy resembles architecture, which requires theartist to master constructing lines that are then integratedcreatively (Chiang, 1976).
YidingLiu was born in Yongchun County, Fujian Province in mainland china.He is five feet tall with an athletic body. During the interview, herevealed to me that swimming and basketball are his other hobbiesapart from practicing calligraphy. He boasts of having many friendsacross the world as well as, experience with assorted cultures. Hegained these experiences in year 2013 because he worked as a bankteller and at Dining Services, El Bistro Reed in the US.
“Iinteracted with persons from diverse backgrounds in these workplaces.Both the employees and the clients we served enrich my culturaldiversity. I learned some stereotypic attitudes attitudes that peoplehold on the Chinese people. Since then, I have created severalcalligraphy-based arts to break these misconceptions.” He statesboldly.
Liucame to the limelight in after one his calligraphic arts portrayingthe value of Chinese culture were purchased for one million dollarsby an international exhibitionist. When I asked Liu the reason hedecided to focus his galleries on educating the world about Chineseculture he said, “If you wish your merit to be known, accept thatof other people. I only appreciate the value of the Chinese people,and in turn the world loves my work for portraying the people from aperspective they do not about our culture.”
Chiang,Y. (1976). Chinesecalligraphy: An introduction to its aesthetic and technique with 22pl.Cambridge, Mass: Havard Univ. Press.