In China, birthplace of our daughter Mia, in the 1970s through the early part of this century one could find 40 so-called “Painting Villages,” where folk artists produced what are known as Chinese farmer paintings or Chinese peasant paintings. The paintings originate from ancient traditions of wall painting, paper cutting, batik, and embroidering, but the genre of peasant painting emerged in the latter part of the 20th century. The paintings are original acrylic or gouache pieces on paper, and are recognized around the world for their sparkling colors, naivete, and whimsical treatments of Chinese animals, festivals, and culture.
We currently have scores of Chinese farmer paintings in stock, including many pieces by the most famous Chinese peasant painter, Feng Aih-Dong, who already has work in more than a dozen museums across China. As China's economy has developed in this century, most former peasant painters have moved into other occupations, so these are increasingly rare finds.