Luo Zhongli is one of the country's leading realist painters. Along with Chen Danqing and He Duoling, Luo Zhongli has been creating masterful portraits of the people of southwestern China. His portrait, "Father," is one of the best-known works in modern Chinese contemporary art.
He was born in Chongqing in China. He is currently as the prior and professor of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Syndic of China Artists Association. In 1968, he graduated from Senior High School of Sichuan Fine Art Institute. He had been a worker of iron factory, and then entered oil painting department of Sichuan Fine Art Institute in 1978. After his graduation, he continued to stay in school to be a teacher. 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.
Luo was still a student at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute when he created Father in 1980. The typical face of a Chinese peasant that he depicted in a photorealistic approach has deeply moved Chinese people over the years. Luo painted this “father” with relentless accuracy, showing every characteristic in sharp relief, including the chapped lips and deep wrinkles on the subject’s swarthy face.
In the 1980's, two of Luo's other paintings, Spring Silkworms and Praying, were also awarded national prizes. Like Father, the two pieces are photorealistic depictions of Chinese peasants and traditional Chinese rural social and cultural life.