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Luding Meng was born in Beijing where he received a bachelor’s degree in oil painting before attending the National Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1987 to 1990 Luding Meng was a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
Luding Meng is known as the creator of the “Goddess of Democracy” sculpture that was torn down during the riots in Tiananmen Square just over one week after installation. The goddess represented the artist's urge to participate in the movement and the hope of achieving a "sense of justice" by the piece. The government viewed it as a very negative climax to the democracy movement. Consequently, Luding Meng filed for a permit to come to the U.S. to teach, which was quickly granted and he left with a number of paintings.
His work here is not political and his influences are Michaelangelo, Cezanne and Paiken. Luding Meng has had over eight national museum shows in China as well as exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He has won numerous awards for his paintings, including the award for Outstanding Achievement in Chinese Art at the China Oil Painting Biennial Exhibition at the National Museum of Art in Beijing.
Luding Meng's paintings have been included in several art books, such as "Two Hundred Years of Oil Painting in China" (a selection of the 200 best oil paintings from the Qing Dynasty 1700 to 1985).
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