Born in Guangdong, China. One of the irst Chinese painters to study Western painting in Europe, Li Chaoshi introduced gouache art to China. He first went to Britain to study in 1911, followed by a stint in France. Li graduated from the L'Ecole Nationale des beaux arts in 1918 and returned to China the next year as a professor in the Shanghai Art Academy, Beiping Art Academy and Hangzhou National Acad- emy of Art. In 1951, Li was appointed professor of the Art Department of Shandong Normal College and Chairman of the Shandong Branch of the Chinese National Artists' Association. His work can be found in the public collections of the National Art Gallery (Beijing) and overseas art institutions.