宋雨桂，号雨鬼。一九四零年出生, 山东省临邑县人。自幼随母习画, 鲁迅美术学院版画系毕业。山水作品《苏醒》获一九八四年全国美展银牌奖。辽宁省及全国“五一”奖章, 获辽宁省政府特殊贡献“优秀专家”称号。生前历任中央文史馆馆员, 中国水墨艺术研究院院长, 民革中央画院院长, 中国美术家协会理事, 辽宁省文联副主席, 辽宁美术家协会主席, 辽宁省美术馆馆长等职务。
Born on the 9th of September, 1939, in Shandong province, Mr. Yugui Song received his earliest artistic training from his mother who was a folk artist herself. In 1960, he was accepted by the Luxun Academy of Fine Art and earned his BFA degree in printmaking.
After graduation, Mr. Song served in the military where he worked as a painter in the propaganda division. In the early 1980's he decided to returned to art making full time, and became an artist in residence at The Art Institute of Liaoning province.
In 1984, he won the highest award in the National Art Exhibition in the landscape category. For his artistic achievement, he was appointed the director of theLiaoning Province Museum of Art in 1990. He held the position until his passing in 2017. From 2001 to 2016, he was the chairman of The Artist Association of Liaoning Province. Amongst other positions, he was also a member of the prestigious Central Museum of Culture and History, and the Chinese Art & Literature Association. Other honorary titles he held during his lifetime included Chairman of the Chinese Traditional Art Institute, Vice Chairman of the Chinese National Art Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Artist Association, among others.
Mr. Song devoted himself to artistic creation for nearly 50 years of his life, and was highly admired and respected in the art world. Over the years, his artworks are in countless exhibitions and publications and influenced generations of artists in China. During his later years, he was hailed as a living master in the Chinese traditional art field.