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Born in Shanghai, Shi Yi (史一)is one of the most well known contemporary block printing artists. Celebrated for his technically stunning Chinese block prints of village life and rural China, he has garnered an international following. Shi Yi graduated from the China Academy of Art in 1965 with a degree in woodblock printing. He went on to become a professor at the Yunnan Arts University, serving also as the vice president of the Arts department and the head of the Prints Teaching and Research Office.