Chinese realist artist and a filmmaker, Chen Yifei graduated from the Art Institute of Shanghai. In the era of the Cultural Revolution, was known for large-scale portraits of Mao Zedong and large paintings on revolutionary themes. The oil paintings of Chen Yifei portray the combined sense of romanticism and realism. His beautiful women are often in traditional Chinese dresses, with musical instruments. After returning to China, Chen Yifei was one of the most commercially successful artists of the country and appealed to the cinema, directed two feature films and a documentary film “Escape to Shanghai” about the fate of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai from Nazi persecution. Chen Yifei died during the filming of his third feature film “Barber”.
Realistic oil painting by Chen Yifei