Lu Zhen Li is a fifth generation pu hui artist working out of his home in Gaomi Village. Like many other Chinese folk artists, Lu learned the craft from his father as a child. His daughter has carried on the tradition and has her own workshop in the village.
Lu traces his family’s practice of the pu hui back to the Qing dynasty. At that time, almost everyone in the village participated in the craft. People traveled from as far away as Inner Mongolia to buy paintings on important festival dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. The Chinese government has recognized Lu’s talent by designating him a non-tangible cultural heritage artist. To qualify, artists must pay careful attention to protecting traditional techniques within the styles demanded by modern markets. Lu greatly appreciates this distinction and recognition.