LAO DU(老杜)
Artist, Cartoonist, Editor
Exibiting Artist

Born in a city of immigrants, Yinchuan, Ningxia, to a family with roots in Shanxi and Beijing, Lao Du (Du Jinsu) has always lacked a sense of home and belonging and even today feels like a guest in this world. His deep affection for art was discovered early and from the age of nine he was tutored by art professor Pan Zepei, the first art professor assigned to Yinchuan in the PRC's history. In 1984 he entered the Xi'an Art Academy to further his studies. In his day job Lao Du now works as editor and cartoonist, while he develops his art in his spare time (or maybe the other way round).

As a cartoonist, he has 10 years of experience of analyzing news, and was awarded several times with the Beijing News Prize and once with the China News Prize. His cartoons were published in the volume Lao Du's News Cartoons and also appeared in many publications and on websites in China and abroad.

As an artist, Lao Du participated in many exhibitions, among them the exhibition TEATRO organized by UNICEF in Venice, the Asian Art Exhibition in Washington organized by Asian Pacific Art Institute of America (APAIA), the International ArtExpo California, the Sausalito Art Festival, LOOKING BOTH WAYS at East Michigan University and others. His works have been bought by collectors and art lovers in China, Switzerland, Germany, France, USA and Canada.

Lao Du loves traveling and horse riding and often combines both. Both themes also give him strong inspiration for his creative work. The old Chinese had a saying that traveling and studying from books are the same and Lao Du has proven this to be true, indeed. Traveling did not only broaden his visual horizon but also helped him to adjust his understanding of the world and humanity. Today, his interests mainly lie in the relationship of people & people and people and the environment in the modernizing world.

Speakers: (in alphabetic order)
KERSTIN AMEND(克里斯汀 • 阿曼德) | BAO YAN(包岩) | TILMAN BARES(提尔曼 • 巴赫斯) | JAMES CHAU(周柳建成) | STEFEN CHOW(赵峰) | CHU XIAOYING(初晓英) | KRISTIAN COSTA-ZAHN(克里斯蒂安 • 科斯塔-仓恩) | MATT COSTELLO(马特 • 科斯特罗) | CASPAR DELANEY(卡斯帕 • 德兰尼) | DONG RUIFENG(董瑞峰) | NICK ELIOPULOS(尼克 • 艾里普洛斯) | JONATHAN GOTTSCHALL(乔纳森 • 高特肖) | NOBERT GRABYSCH(诺伯特 • 格莱贝诗 ) | OLIVER HARDT(奥利弗 • 哈特) | KATHARINA HESSE(黑斯) | JACKIE HUANG(黄家坤) | PETER IPPOLITO(彼得 • 依普利托) | LAO DU(老杜) | LIN HUA(林华) | LIU ZHENYUN(刘震云) | MI JING(米静) | ANKE REDL(安珂 • 雷德尔) | NICOLE ROESLER(妮可 • 惠斯勒) | BARTLOMIEJ ROZBICKI(巴特罗密 • 罗兹比克) | LUKE SCOTT(卢克 • 斯科特) | SHI TAO(石涛) | MARCO SPIES(马可 • 石碧思 ) | MARK STAUFER(马克 • 司涛福) | TAN YUE(谭跃) | STEFANIE THIEDIG(由甲) | HOLGER VOLLAND(傅蓝) | WOLF U. WAGNER(沃尔夫 • 瓦格纳) | WANG HUI(王珲) | WANG RUI(王瑞) | WANG TAO(王涛) | JOACHIM WENDT(尤阿希姆 •文德特 ) | WILLIAM WHITE(白威廉) | XUE XIAOLU(薛晓路) | ZHANG ZHIJUN(张志军)