Classic/Modern: Chinese Paper Cutting Art


Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi (剪纸) as it is known in China was the first type of paper cutting design in the world. For thousands of years, intricate cut-outs and shapes have been created and then used as decoration in homes. They are usually put on windows, lamps, doors and mirrors and symbolize good luck or fortune. They are also used as a form of gifting, commonly given at special occasions such as the new year.

Rising Chinese artist Hua Tunan, who we covered for the first time last year with his beautifully colorful paintings, has released new works of his own style of Jianzhi. Instead of the common designs such as flowers, animals of the zodiac and mandarin characters, Tunan brings emperors in shuttershades, warriors with spray cans and of course flying squirrels surfing on snakes while eating acorns.

For an ancient art believed to bring luck to many people over the years, Hua Tunan’s renditions come as a jest and offer some modernization to the long standing traditional designs. To see more of Hua Tunan’s work, check out his Tumblr.









Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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