Zhang Qikai

Zhang Qikai was born in the Sichuan province in 1950 and moved to Chongqing with his family in 1953. He learned painting form his elder brother and, as a teenager during the Cultural Revolution, he began to paint huge portraits of Mao Zedong. In 1980 he was a founding member, along with his contemporaries Luo Zhongli, He Duoliing, Zhang Xiaogang and Ye Yongqing, of the ‘Weed Society'.