Walasse Ting was born in 1929 just outside of Shanghai. He moved to Paris in 1950 and remained there for 11 years. His paintings can be characterised by their vivid colours, particularly his use of strong shades of red. His favourite subjects include deeply sensuous women, animals such as cats, birds and fishes and a broad range of flora and fauna. He has been based in New York since 1961 making frequent trips to Europe, South America and the Far East.