The Calligraphy Exhibition of Liu Chao

Added On September 22, 2017

Chinese army calligrapher Liu Chao holds an exhibition in Beijing to celebrate the 78th National Day of China.

The exhibition has recently opened in Yanhuang Art Museum in Beijing. It showcases over 300 pieces of works including the Regular Script, the Seal Script, the Official Script, the Wei Tablet and the Grass Script.

 Liu Chao, born in 1966, grew up in Tongnan, southwest Chinas Chongqing. He dedicated thousands of calligraphic works to the military officers and soldiers since he joined the Peoples Liberation Army in 1987. For many years, the name of the ‘soldier calligrapher’ has been well-known inside and outside the army.

 In order to learn the ancient calligraphy, Liu traveled around China from monuments to grottoes, which covered poetry, calligraphy, painting and signet.

He says when he was stationed in Aksu, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, he was inspired by the cliff carving, murals and steles, which changed his style of calligraphy and painting. Those ancient steles and frescoes summon the will of power with Lius military masculine to expand his own calligraphy and painting path.

He learned that being knowledgeable is the foundation for writing calligraphy well. Meanwhile, studying painting and seal cutting also helps him write powerfully. He emphasizes that his military career built up the character of his calligraphy with strength and sharpness.

Liu indicates that the main purpose of conducting exhibition is to gain the guidance from virtuosi.


Ive prepared over seven years for this exhibition. Ive selected thousand of works that Im satisfied with. However, when I saw the great art works collected in the same gallery, I realized that my works are nothing.

At the age of 50s, Liu decides to have everything start from scratch. He is determined to retire next year and devote the rest of his life to painting and calligraphy.

He says he is not after fame or fortune, but is standing on the shoulders of giants for a breakthrough, and leaving a his own mark in the history of Chinese calligraphy.