The First Director: Liu Kaiqu
(1904-1993) Born in Xiaoxian, Anhui province. He graduated from Western Painting Department of the State-run Peking Art Training School in 1927 and assumed the position of assistant professor of western painting in the State-run Hangzhou Art Training School in 1928. Also in 1928, he went to France, studying in the Sculpture Department of Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts under the tutorship of the famous sculptor Pusso. In 1933, he returned to China and taught in the Sculpture Department of the State-run Hangzhou Art Training School. In 1943, he left this school for a while and dedicated to sculpture creation. In 1949, he assumed the position of President of Hangzhou Art Training School, and in 1951, he assumed the position of Commissioner of the People's Government of Hangzhou Province and Vice Mayor of Hangzhou city. In 1953, he went to Beijing to assume the position of Head of the Design Office for Monument to the People's Heroes and Chief of the Sculpture Group, in charge of the monument's integral design, and he himself also designed three relief works: Crossing the Yangtze River in Success to Liberate Whole China, Support the Battlefront and Give PLA a Welcome. In 1959, he was transferred to Central Academy of Fine Arts to assume the position of Vice President, and in 1963, he assumed the position of Director of NAMOC.
Mr. Liu is a famous sculptor. His representative works include Monument to Officers and Soldiers Killed in January 28th Songhu Anti-Japanese War (year 1934), Memorial Portraits of Nameless Heroes (year 1943), large-scale relief Peasant's and Worker's Family (1945) and Bust of Chairman Mao (1951) and so on.