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Ma-Xi meeting gift: Xi gives Ma a painting by famous Chinese painter

2015/11/08 12:46:53

Liu Dawei (Photo courtesy of Chinese News Service)

Singapore, Nov. 8 (CNA) Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) presented a painting to his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Saturday as a gift to mark their historic meeting in Singapore.

The painting is an artwork by famous Chinese painter Liu Dawei (劉大為), who currently lectures at the Liberation Army Academy of Art. The 70-year-old artist also serves as the chairman of the China Artists Association and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

As a master of both freehand and classical Chinese styles of calligraphy painting, Liu is well known for painting with themes on lifestyles of northern China's ethnic minorities as well as on his own unique grasp of the historical style and zeitgeist.

Liu was ranked the fourth best-selling contemporary Chinese artist in 2014 with sales at public auctions of US$41 million, an increase of 37 percent from a year earlier, according to the Hurun Art List 2015 released in March this year by the Hurun Research Institute (胡潤研究所).

Taiwan's President's Office said Ma's gift to Xi is a ceramic Formosan blue magpie because the bird represents Taiwan's uniqueness.

The face-to-face encounter, held on Saturday afternoon in Singapore, was the first in nearly seven decades between the top leaders of the two former civil war foes.

(By Miao Tsung-han and Jeffrey Wu)