Ekkehard Stoevesand studied sculpture from 1968 to 1974 at Berlin University of the Arts. From 1974 to 1977 he studied painting at Hannover Academy of Fine Arts while working as an art teacher in Celle. Since then he has been living and working as a freelance artist in Berlin and, in recent years, increasingly in China. He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Germany and abroad. In 2000 he had his first experience teaching in China as a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tianjin. Since then he has been in China often. The paintings on display at the Confucius-Institute reflect his impressions during his most recent teaching assignments in Beijing and Tianjin.