Kim Il Sung Prize Winner, People's Artist and Doctor Ri Chang has been creating Korean paintings all his life at the Mansudae Art Studio, an authoritative fine art producer in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Though he is 80 years old, he is still working as passionately as he did in his vernal years.
He began to learn Korean painting more than 50 years ago.
He had an unusual interest in fine arts from his childhood and would surprise people with his outstanding drawing skills.
After leaving a middle school, he entered the Pyongyang University of Fine Arts with a dream to be an artist and majored in Korean painting.
He became known to the people as an artist at the Ninth National Fine Art Exhibition held in October Juche 55(1966).
He presented to the exhibition the Korean painting "An Old Man on the Raktong River" depicting the Korean people who bravely fought the enemy in the same trench with the People's Army during the past Fatherland Liberation War.
Looking round the exhibition hall, the great leader Kim Il Sung saw his painting and highly estimated it as the work with a good theme and preserving the techniques of the Korean painting.
Afterwards, Korean paintings created by Ri Chang were awarded the first prize at a number of international and national fine art exhibitions and festivals and tens of his works registered as national assets.
Ri Chang brought up his daughters as artists. His youngest daughter Ri Hye Song is now working with him at the Korean Painting Production Unit of the Mansudae Art Studio.
The Korean painting "New Look of Samjiyon City, Sacred Place of Revolution" created by them was awarded the first prize at the National Fine Art Festival for the Day of the Shining Star held in February this year.
Ri Chang is still devoting all his wisdom and passion to the creation of Korean paintings for treasuring and further developing the excellent qualities of the nation.