(B. 1950, China)

Shen Han Wu is an accomplished oil painter working in a realist style. Unlike other artists who choose idealized subjects, he prefers to depict figures from daily life.

He says, “If the unusual and the exceptional cause surprise and even shock, then I prefer the everyday. Whenever I think of the countryside, the mountain villages, streams and chimney-smoke, I think of those simple, kind people. They start work at sunrise and at sunset come home to rest. They work very hard and live side by side with nature; they are ordinary people but in their eyes you can see something which moves you.”