Luo Lei was born in 1969 in Gansu (China). He started his calligraphy journey at 13, learning from one of the most renowned contemporary professionals, Yang Hong. Luo Lei spent many years doing calligraphy, painstakingly studying and copying veteran maîtres, absorbing the images of the ancient culture, thus creating a unique and original style.
Between 1988 and 1995 he was teaching calligraphy in China, and then moved to Russia. Currently he lives and works in Saint Petersburg.
Luo Lei took part in publishing the Russian translation of Qian Cai’s “The Story of Yue Fei”.
In 2015 his artworks were exhibited in the Union of Artists’ halls in Saint Petersburg. Luo Lei also took part in the exhibitions named The Dreams About China and The Chinese Army, and in the presentation of 36 Stratagems book in the Hermitage Museum with his works published by The Rare Book from Saint Petersburg publishing house. Some paintings are kept in private collections in China, Russia and other countries.
Luo Lei held workshops as a part of the Chinese New Year city project, organized under the auspices of the government of Saint Petersburg and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China. In March 2017 he together with artist and art expert Oxana Khukhrina founded a Chinese calligraphy school.
2002 – calligraphy for “The Legends of Yu Fei.”
2015 – a personal exhibition of calligraphy in the Union of Artists in Saint Petersburg.
2016 – “The Dreams of China: Chinese Stories on Russian Stage” exhibition.
Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music.
2016 – taking part in exhibition “The Chinese Army,” Manezh, Saint Petersburg
2016 – “36 Stratagems” exhibition, the State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg.
2017 – taking part in the 6th International Exhibition of Calligraphy, Moscow, the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy.
2017 – an exhibition of Luo Lei and his son Luo Xi as part of the 3rd international graphics triennial in Saint Petersburg, cultural centre “Vernatun” of the Armenian apostolic church in Saint Petersburg.
2018 – Cao Cao’s work “A Brief Song” passed an expert review and was included on the list of non-public section of the Russian Federation museum collection.
2018 – “The Family in Time and Space” exhibition, Luo Lei and Luo Xi in the Roerichs’ Museum, Saint Petersburg.
2019 – a joint project of an original book “Turgenev,” in cooperation with his son, Luo Xi
2019 – a joint exhibition in cooperation with his students, “The Next Stop China-Petersburg,” Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music.
2019 – “Equine Tea Road” exhibition in cooperation with a Chinese calligraphy school and Tu Zhun’s school as part of “Neskuchny Sad” festival in the Botanical Garden, Saint Petersburg.
2019 – taking part in the “Great Chinese Calligraphy and Painting” exhibition organized by the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow.