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From imitation to creation, Chinese village paints new life

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-03-03 11:29
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An aerial photo of Dafen village, on Jan 31, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhao is from Dafen, a village known for oil paintings in southern China's Shenzhen City. Home to 1,200 studios and 8,000 painters, the village produces millions of replicas of Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso that are sold at home and abroad. According to statistics, 80 percent of oil paintings exported from China come from Dafen.

While the market demand for replicas is shrinking, Zhao and other painters in the village are creating their own art styles and attracting tourists.

Neighboring Hong Kong, Shenzhen is one of China's first special economic zones for the country's reform and opening drive. The painting industry started in Dafen Village in 1989 when Hong Kong purchasers sought to establish an oil painting base nearby.

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