Propaganda Painting to Abstract Expressionism Art: Memoirs of Yu Zhenli

Yu Zhenli Art Museum

I was born in Yujia Village (于家村), Huajia Town (華家鎮), Jinzhou District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province, on March 2, 1949, the third day of the second month of the lunar calendar, i.e., the day of Xinmao (辛卯), the month of Dingmao (丁卯), in the year of Jichou (己醜). There are eight children in my family, and I am the fourth in line. If I use the Chinese numerology of trigrams (), numbers (), qi (), and li () to conclude, I am born in the month of pine and cypress wood i.e. a rabbit, my nativity is the chou ox (醜牛), and I was born at 11:35 in the fiery ninth purple hour (火熱九紫時) of the noon horse (午馬), so I have the phase of ox, horse, and rabbit in my destiny. The chou ox, which is a symbol of the cold and lonely effort, is a symbol of the morning silver ghost and the fire in the furnace of spring awakening, together with my fate of pine and cypress, self-restraint and self-birth baked to serve others. Because I have been dissipating shallow leakage for many years I came to the far countryside to reflect again and seek resources, my destiny to resist the cold or loneliness.

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