Born in China in 1963, Fan Shao Hua is known to be highly exploratory in his practice. He incorporates Chinese and Western painting concepts and techniques in his abstract works in oil and Chinese ink. At 10 years old, Fan trained under the tutelage of prominent Chinese art teachers like Lu Yanguang (Chinese ink) and Zhao Jizhao (sketching in Western art traditions). In 1978, he was selected to enroll in a High School affiliated to the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Soon after, he was admitted to the Academy full time, specialising in oil painting.
After 4 years of rigorous academic training and practice, his practice showed solid foundational skills in human figure and techniques in realism.
Parimala is a fine example of Fan’s portraiture works. Life-like in it’s portrayal, Parimala goes beyond showcasing Fan’s technical ability to articulate what he sees onto paper. His keen observation on how light falls on one’s profile allows him to skilfully capture the unique qualities of his subject’s features and expressions.