Our discovery: the painter who gave the colors of spring to the walls of the Chinese Kremlin is called Shi Jun, is 60 years old and lives in Hunan, the mountainous province in southern China where the Long March leader was born
Beijing: Xi Jining receives the governors of Hong Kong and Macao. Behind him appears for the first time the painting A park full of spring colors, one of the ten works of the artist Shi Jun with which President Xi has enriched the rooms of the Zhongnanhai.
The painting “A park full of spring colors” chosen by President Xi for his Hall of Encounters.
The artist Shi Jun, 60, lives in Hunan, a mountainous province in southern China, halfway up the Yangtze River, birthplace of the Long March leader Mao Zedong. Shi Jun has been the spearhead of the team of artists represented by the Grace Xie gallery in Taipei for twenty years. The artist resumed his dedication to the gift that the Apostolic Nuncio of Taiwan brought to Pope Francis.
Xi Jinping (Fuping, June 15, 1953) with his wife Peng Liyuan, an opera singer with a passion for art. Married in 1987, she gave the Chinese leader a daughter, Xi-Mingze, student at Harvard. On March 17, Xi was elected by the 2,970 delegates for a second term at the summit of the People’s Republic of China from the 13th National People’s Congress, the annual legislative session, which could have it govern for a longer time after the removal of the limit from the Constitution of the two terms. Xi was also confirmed as head of the Central Military Commission. In this way, Xi maintains the “trinity”: general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Presidency of the Republic and Presidency of the Central Military Commission. He is part of the group Taizi (“red princes”), which brings together the children and grandchildren of the protagonists of the “Long March” and the victory of 1949: he is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a Communist long standing, vice premier of reformist inspiration (he was the architect of the special economic zones desired by Deng Xiaoping in the early eighties to favor the industrial take-off of the country and attract foreign investments).
The Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, before leaving for the new seat assigned by the Vatican (in 2016 he was transferred as Apostolic Nuncio for Turkey and Turkmenistan) wanted to give to Pope Francis a shawl and a catalog autographed by Shi Jun. Artist who now combines two realities (China and the Vatican) in slow but steady and, hopefully definitive, approach.
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