Zeng Shanqing graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under the distinguished painter Xu Beihong (1896–1953), whose ideal of combining Chinese ink painting with European styles of realistic drawing has deeply influenced Zeng. After finishing his graduate school in 1952, Zeng taught at the Central Academy. From that time, Zeng also lectured in the Department of Architecture at Tsinghua University; there he met and married his wife, the painter Yang Yanping. Zeng’s career was disrupted by the Cultural Revolution in the mid-1960s, and he was not able to resume teaching and painting until 1976. In 1986, both Zeng and his wife went as fellows to the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and they have remained on Long Island ever since. Like his teacher, Xu Beihong, Zeng Shanqing’s best-known subject is the horse. His powerful brushwork and dynamic compositional rhythms embody his profound sympathy for the values of political liberty.