CHINA From hobby to career, a farmer practices hollow word calligraphy for 40 years


From hobby to career, a farmer practices hollow word calligraphy for 40 years

By Wang Zitong | People's Daily app

14:18, July 05, 2018


Luo Minghai, a 49-year old farmer in Shandong Province, China, writes beautiful, hollow word calligraphy. Luo has mastered two amazing techniques in Chinese calligraphy and can write a Chinese idiom in a matter of seconds. (Photos: IC)


Mr. Luo has practiced calligraphy for 40 years, and over time this interest became his career. Mr. Luo makes 100 to 400 thousand RMB annually, supporting his son to study overseas.


Hollow word calligraphy requires precision in each brushstroke and experience with ink. Luo fully mastered the skill of hollow word calligraphy writing, completing a hundred-word work in one brush.


Luo is proudest of the work he did on the famous Chinese literary masterpiece Lanting, which he spent seven hours straight to complete. Lanting was a foreword written by one of China’s most respected calligraphers for a collection of poems.


Luo’s calligraphy is six meters long and has a total of 324 words. People have bid 100 thousand yuan for Luo’s Lanting calligraphy, but Luo would not sell it, saying that he wanted to keep this piece of work that he poured his heart into.


Luo has also written Sanzijing, an extremely well-known book in China. Again, Luo wrote all 1,128 words of Sanzijing in one sitting. Luo says that the most important thing in writing calligraphy is to stay calm and focused.

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