Designation ceremony of Mr Han Meilin as a UNESCO Artist for Peace
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova will designate the famous chinese artist, Mr Han Meilin as a UNESCO Artist for Peace (2015-2017) in recognition of his long-term commitment to promoting art and artistic education in China, his support to providing quality education to young people, notably through projects led by the Han Meilin Art Foundation, and his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization. The designation ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 at 6.30 p.m. (Salle des pas perdus).
Born in Shandong Province in 1936, Han Meilin is a well-known Chinese painter and sculptor, who graduated from the Chinese Central Academy of Arts and Design. In 1972, he became one of China’s leading Contemporary artists, and was elected, in 1979, to join the China Artists Association.
Between 1989 and 2010, Han Meilin had solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries, including Canada, Malaysia and India. He was invited to give lectures at the Universities of Harvard and Yale, and published several books, such as Meilin’s Paintings, Art Works of Han Meilin, Mountain Flowers in Full Bloom and the Selection of Arts and Crafts Works
of Han Meilin.
With his many skills, Han Meilin designed Five-Dragon Clock Tower for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, and created the Air China phoenix logo in 1988. Han Meilin also is a calligrapher and works on many media, including ceramics and glass.
His works, often depicting animals, are characterized by their adherence to traditional and popular Chinese art techniques. His most famous creations are the Fuwa (“goodluck doll”) mascots, the first of which he produced at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.