He Qi’s ‘Messiah’
The artist, Dr. He Qi studied at China’s Nanjing Art Institute and the Hamburg Art Institute in Germany. He was the first among Mainland Chinese to earn a Ph.D. in Religious art after the Cultural Revolution in 1992. His art works have been displayed in museums, galleries and churches around the world. He currently lives in Minnesota. The Chinese character in this painting means “good luck arrives,” often displayed upside-down (as it is here) on doorways in China to invite luck or happiness inside.