He Qi (pronounced "Huh Chee"), is known internationally in the world of contemporary sacred art. His works have been exhibited in some of the great cities of the world. His paintings have also been seen in various media outlets such as the BBC and Hong Kong Cable TV, and have been featured in many publications, such as Asian Week, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Christianity Today. In addition, reproductions of his work grace the covers of several christian books, including a "History of Christian Art," and 12 of his paintings were used by the Presbyterian (PCUSA) calendar in 2004.
Few artists have a PhD., but Dr. He Qi earned that title in 1993 at Nanjing Art Institute, and went on to teach at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary. Dr. He Qi was the 2005-2006 Paul T. Lauby artist in residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center, and was also featured in the 2007 exhibition "The Christian Story: Five Asian Artists Today" at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York City.
Dr. He Qi was a professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary and a tutor for master candidate students in the Philosophy Department of Nanjing University. He is also a member of the China Art Association and a council member of the Asian Christian Art Association (please check www.asianchristianart.org for more information about He Qi).
He has been committed to the artistic creation of modern Chinese Christian Art since 1983. He hopes to help change the "foreign image" of Christianity in China by using artistic language, and at the same time, to supplement Chinese Art the way Buddhist art did in ancient times. In his works, He Qi has blended together Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, and has created an artistic style of color-on-paper painting.
Dr. He Qi was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn Ph.D. in the Religious art after Cultural Revolution. He wrote his dissertation while studying at Hamburg Art Institute in Germany, where he was also able to pursue research in medieval art. His work has been well received overseas: He has exhibited in Kyoto, Hong Kong, Geneve, Hamburg, London, St.Paul, San Francisco, Berkeley and Madison., NewHaven,Minneapolis, St.Paul, Madison, Washington, Princeton, Detroit, Tornoto, as well as in mainland China.
He won the 20th Century Award for Achievement in the field of Religious Art Theory and Christian Art Creation by the International Biographical Centre Cambridge, England.
His art works have been introduced through some main medias such as: BBC, HK Cable TV, Asian Week, Far Eastern Economic Review, Christianity Today, Upper Room, Augsburg Fortress, Sing Tao Daily News, The World Daily, etc.