Born in Guangdong Panyu, CHAO Shao-an was a famous artist who followed the apprenticeship with Gao Qifeng, the primary advocator of Lingnan School of Art. Chao promoted the belief of the School and incorporated the essence of Japanese and Western paintings into traditional Chinese paintings. Chao was a gifted artist who excelled in all categories including landscape, flower and bird, portrait, fish and animal. Chao emphasized the use of brushwork instead of a depiction of objects. As an art educator, he devoted his lifetime in art education and established an institute for the Lingnan School of Art.