Introduction of the Artist - Yongshou Zhang (Grand Master)
Mr. Yongshou Zhang is one of most renowned folk artists in China. He is the fifth generation of a legendary papercut family. During nearly seventy years practice and study, Mr. Zhang has created more than thousands styles of papercut art works. His papercuts vividly depict different facets of Chinese culture, landscaping, architecture, and many subjects of the nature world. As a result of his creative and uncanny skills, the papercut art has evolved from an ordinary folk handcraft to a sophisticated art form, which blends the charm of traditional Chinese painting, the fineness of embroidery, and the form of Western sculpture. Mr. Zhang is particularly interested in the subtle and different shapes, styles, and movements of chrysanthemum and butterfly. After a decade of study, he has refined more than one hundred styles of chrysanthemum and butterfly papercuts, which are not only the best works of his papercuts, but also became the representative works of Chinese papercut art. His works have influenced many papercut artists of younger generations. Mr. Zhang had held personal exhibitions in Japan, Southeast Asian, and Europe. In China, an art museum exclusively displaying his works was established in 1984.