古藝雄 Yi-Xiong Gu (also known as Shi Yi-Yun) was born in 1971 in Binxian, China. He moved to Xi’an, China to study art at the age of 19. In 1993, he attend Xi’an United University . Gu YiXiong studied and majored in art, brush painting, sketch, watercolor, and oil painting, and at the same time he began to study Zhouyi in Taoism and Buddhist Zen. He graduated an Art Major from Xi’an United University . Currently, He is the President of World Zen Art Center, co-director of China Zen Art Academy.
In 2003 he went to Japan to take part in a culture exchange sponsored by the Japan China Cultural Association. While in Japan his art works were collected by Japanese friends and received good evaluations. Next, he went to Beijing People’ Hall to participate in the “China Soul-Celebration of the 56th Anniversary of the Establishment of People’s Republic of China, Calligraphy and Paintings of Celebrities National Celebration Benevolent of China.” China Art Weekly featured and introduced Gu YiXing’s paintings. In 2005 he won the Gold Medal at the China-America ,San Francisco ,Chinese Painting and Calligraphy International Contest. He then received several other awards in China. At the Beijing People’s Hall, he received the name of the “Traditional Culture Promoting Project of China Outstanding Award.“ from the Traditional Culture Promoting Project of China. In 2008, China Cultural Information Association and China Cultural United Publishing Company awarded him the name of “Master of the Time”.
Mr. Gu moved to the U.S. in 2009 to actualize his dream that of the development and prosperity of Zen Art and Chinese Ink painting to grow worldwide. He specializes in Chinese ink landscape and Zen paintings. His ambition and life goal is to establish an international Zen Art development to ensure Zen Art’s prosperity and appreciation for generations to come.