Ying Cai grew up in China in the 60s. At that time, the country was experiencing the difficult period of the great cultural revolution of Mao Zedong, an upheaval that was created to eradicate traditional values. In this troubled and agitated context, he had a passion for painting.
As a child, he would often draw outside with an easel that he had made himself. He also drew for the school newspaper, and later, during his military service, he worked as a painter at the Communications Division. Over the years, his passion grew and he decided to make it his profession.
Despite the difficult political context, which slowed his learning, Ying Cai never gave up painting. He was interested in everything and was always looking to expand his knowledge of art. He studied painting female subjects with the famous master Huang Jun, who appreciated his work and gave him advice. Thanks to his hard work his technique progressed rapidly, and in the mid-80s, he began exhibiting his works.
Ying Cai paints meticulously in watercolour: motifs of birds, flowers or characters. He draws on the techniques of traditional design and decoration. From its very origins, Chinese painting is an ornamental form of memory. This ancient art, from a culture of wisdom and patience, allows the artist to transcribe profound questions about life.
Ying Cai likes to depict traditional China, its old streets and large Sophoras (Asian shrubs). The more his country rapidly evolves, the more nostalgic he becomes. His painting is a resistance to a world that is, in his eyes, changing too quickly.