It is with great sadness we announce that on May 4, 2020, master panoramic artist Professor Li Wu passed away due to complications from a lengthy ongoing illness.
A leading practitioner of contemporary panoramas and large-scale oil painting throughout China, for 35 years Professor Li Wu taught at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang working with students while creating award-winning paintings and dozens of museum installations. Li Wu worked on massive 360-paintings throughout China including "The Battle of Chibi," "The Battle of Huai Hai," which received the eleventh National Art Exhibition gold medal in China, and "Splendid Central Plains" - the largest panorama painting in the world, currently installed in the Fu TV Tower in Zhengzhou, China and which showcases the natural and cultural wonders of Henan Province.
Travelling throughout China to work on commissioned installations, Li Wu was a true pioneer of the late 20th Century and early 21st Century wave of panoramas. Li Wu was a leading participant in the first ever US><China collaborative panoramic work "Shengjing Panorama" which was unveiled at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Summer 2019.
Li Wu was a member of the International Panorama Council and an active participant in the 2005 Conference hosted by the Luxun Academy of Fine art in Shenyang, China and at the 2012 Conference in Bulgaria hosted by the Municipality of Pleven and the Military Historical Museums, Pleven Epopee 1877 Panorama. His work is in numerous museums throughout China and his work has been presented in conferences and exhibitions around the world.
Professor Li Wu will be remembered for his commitment to hard work, his selflessness, perseverance, optimism, his courageous spirit and dedicated friendship. His dedication to the panorama and skillful artwork will continue to inspire us and he will never be forgotten.
Photos in this listing appear courtesy of the Luxun Academy and Ruby Carlson.