Xu Weixin is a professor at the Art School of Renmin University of China in Beijing. This is translated from his blog:
On May 15, when South African president Jacob Zuma visited China and spoke to the National People’s Congress, the school asked me to paint a portrait of him to be used as a gift. I accepted with pleasure.
After South Africa successfully held the World Cup and I saw his beaming face, a model for Africa’s developing countries, I felt good about him and his country.
After thinking carefully, I chose a canvas 120 x100 cm (easy to transport, big enough for a strong visual affect). The materials are oil paint on cloth canvas.
Zuma and a large delegation of South African officials and business people will be visiting Beijing and Shanghai next week, when one assumes the painting will be handed over.
Thanks to Bill Bishop for the link.