This evening I will attend a small reception for an artist and friend, He Qi. This past Winter he was one of Yale's Artist in Residence. I own two different silk prints, which hang in places of honor in my home (Nativity | Finding Moses).
While I was growing up in Minnesota during the 1960's, and worrying about the fortunes of my favorite Minnesota Twins baseball players, He Qi was being "re-educated" by the Chinese. He Qi was considered an "undesirable" due to his Christian faith, and was sent into the Chinese country side to be learn proper thought. The local authorities learned of his artistic ability, and he was given the task of painting portraits of Chairman Mao. By night, he painted the Madonna.