Artist, Guest Instructor
EnYi Lu is a famous Chinese painter, known for his portraits of Chairman Mao, his historical military paintings, and his giant, powerful landscapes. At age 14, EnYi enlisted to fight the Facists near the end of WWII. Too young for the front lines, he spent a lot of time sketching - using only charred wood and chalky debris as his medium. In 1956, when Enyi was 26, his artwork impressed the new Communist Party, who commissioned the young artist to paint prestigious portraits and illustrations for military propaganda.
Completely self taught, EnYi was influenced by Russian artists Repin, Levitan, and American artist John Singer Sargent. Only at age 26, after the height of his success, did he receive his first art lesson. He now lives in Markham, and at age 89, his house is still full of canvases he has yet to finish.