Chinese Literature - Li-hua Ying 2010
FENG ZIKAI, PEN NAME OF FENG RUI (1898—1975)
FENG ZIKAI, PEN NAME OF FENG RUI (1898—1975). Essayist and painter. Better known as an artist, Feng Zikai graduated from Hangzhou Number One Teachers’ College. He studied music and art in Japan before returning to China in 1922 to work as an art teacher and editor. Feng rose to fame following publications of his paintings, cartoons, and essays. He continued to write and paint after 1949 while holding several official posts. His early essays aim to expose social evils such as hypocrisy, selfishness, and vulgarity and to praise the innocence, purity, and intelligence of children. His later essays are characterized by humor and vigorous sentiments.