The Nativity

He Qi, The Nativity, 2013. © He Qi 2013 All rights reserved.

He Qi (born ca. 1950) is a Chinese-born artist now living in Minnesota. Coming of age during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, he was sent as a teenager to a communal farm to erase the effects of his parent’s intellectualism. He Qi’s Christian faith was forced underground during this time. To hone his artistic skills, he openly painted portraits of Chairman Mao, while secretly painting images of the Madonna at night. In this work depicting the Christian nativity, He Qi uses vibrant color blocks and geometric shapes to create a compelling composition. Mary and Jesus are shown in glowing pink surrounded by electric blue. The shepherds and their flock surround mother and child, enveloping them in a protective sphere. An angel flies over, observing the miracle birth.

He Qi, The Nativity,  undated 21st century.

Birth, often accounts about the birth of Jesus.

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