A child of China's Cultural Revolution, his childhood reading was Mao's Little Red Book and his music was the operas of Madame Mao. He saw his father, a professor, sent to labor camps for "re-education." But in his mind and soul, individualism was alive and well. He began to draw.
The system sent Hailan to art school, where he was trained
in ancient Chinese and classical art. He graduated with honors
from the Shanghai Academy of Arts, earned a Masters Degree,
and went on to paint portraits of Mao Tse-tung and landscapes
of the proletariat at work.
Today, Hailan is a successful artist, renown in the U.S., Japan,
France, Belgium, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and, finally, in his homeland