Mu Xin, whose original name is Sun Pu. He was a legendary master, painter and writer of overseas Chinese culture. He was born on February 14, 1927 in the old house in Wuzhen East Fence Bridge, when he was five years old, he moved to Family Sun Garden in the East Street Fortune Bay.
Mu Xin is a contemporary writer and artist who is not well known in China but is well known abroad. He had received a good traditional private education since he was a child. In 1946, he entered the Shanghai Art School to study oil painting, which was founded by Liu Haisu, but he did not take long to learn from Lin Fengmian, who owns a similar philosophy to him. Therefore, he entered the National Art Institute of Hangzhou to learn Chinese and Western painting. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, Mu Xin has been working as an art designer in the Beijing-Shanghai exhibition industry.
In 1971, Mu Xin was detained for censorship during the Cultural Revolution, imprisoned for 18 months, and all his works were burned. After the Cultural Revolution, he was rehabilitated and served as Secretary General of Shanghai Arts and Crafts Association.
In 1982, Mu Xin left China and lived in New York. Since going abroad, he focused his energy on writing. From 1984 to 2000, he published 12 novels, essays and poems, including Essays, Qiongmeika Random Thoughts, Impromptu Judgment, Three Trees in Spain, The Windsor Cemetery Diary, Porron, Malage Plan, Living a Simple Life, Proses of Mu Xin, etc. His paintings are collected by the Yale University Museum. He was the first Chinese painter of the 20th century to have his works collected by the museum. He was also the only Chinese writer who appeared in the textbooks of American universities.
Mu Xin once held a travelling exhibition in the United States, he went with flowers and applause. His album of painting is placed in the most prominent position of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, alongside the top masters of art history.
In 2006, Mr. Chen Danqing, a student of Mr. Mu Xin, introduced his old work The Reflection of Colombia, which was written 20 years ago, to China. The Reflection of Colombia is the first simplified Chinese version of Mr. Mu Xin. 13 essays such as "September 9th (lunar calendar)", "The Reflection of Colombia" and "Ode to Shanghai" are selected. It also includes the full text of "Mu Xin's Prose Symposium" initiated by the Oriental and Western Styles, a supplement to the China Newspaper in New York on May 9, 1986. The publication of the book attracted great attention. When writer Chen Cun read Mu Xin’s "Ode to Shanghai", he said that it impressed him deeply, hence he declared: "I shall share Mr. Mu Xin's works with other readers, or I am cold-blooded and guilty”. He pointed out: "People who attempt to write Chinese works, should read Mr. Mu Xin’s works early, and then they can judge themselves." Because “Mr. Mu Xin is a model of Chinese writing."
In 2006, Mr. Mu Xin returned to his hometown Wuzhen. In December 2011, he died in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, at the age of 84.
He is a master who truly touches the highest beauty of art. His aesthetic feeling is pure and integrated, and he has outstanding works in literature, art and music. The extraordinary talent and knowledge of Mu Xin makes him enjoy a high reputation in New York elites’ art circle and have a group of loyal fans.Keyword: