The work of Qiu Anxiong, a Chinese artist best known for his animations, is characterised by the transposition of tradition into a contemporary context. Qiu Anxiong was born in 1972 in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan in southwestern China, where he studied art. In 2003 he graduated from the art academy in Kassel, Germany, where he spent six years studying international contemporary art. The experience altered his perception of China and led him to explore its identity in greater depth. As a result, he began to combine his artwork with an intensive study of Chinese mythology and philosophy as well as the teachings of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. He returned to China in 2004 and began teaching at the Normal University in Shanghai where he currently lives. His most recent work involves large paintings informed by the traditional techniques of Chinese ink painting in addition to videos in which he adapts said painting style using modern animation to tell stories inspired by Chinese culture.