Luo Zhongli (Chinese, b.1948), born in Chongqing, is considered one of China’s foremost realist painters, and known for his portraits of the people of southwestern China. He graduated with a degree in Oil Painting from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1982, and continued on to earn an MFA in Oil Painting from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium in 1986. Luo’s first solo exhibitions took place in Brussels and Cambridge, MA, in 1984 and 1985, respectively. His work has been exhibited in cities worldwide since 1985, including Paris, France, Hong Kong, Taipei, Sidney, and Chicago. Luo’s 1980 portrait, Father, his most highly acclaimed work, is considered one of the most recognizable works of contemporary Chinese art. The portrait was acquired by the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Luo currently lives in Chongqing, where he serves as a professor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.