One of the more curious celebrations of Xi Jinping’s presidency are the plethora of oil paintings which have emerged to enshrine his state visits and photos ops on canvas.

Earlier last year, the People’s Liberation Army Daily compiled a slideshow of oil paintings portraying Xi on various trips and events. The canvas versions correspond rather closely with photographs of Xi released to the media.

Photo: Weibo
Photo: Weibo.
Photo: Weibo.

Photo: Weibo.

Photo: Weibo.
Photo: Weibo.
Photo: Weibo.

In need of a new desktop wallapaper? Not featured in the PLA Daily’s compilation but remarkable nonetheless, an oil painting of President Xi and First Lady Peng Liyuan standing under a rainbow…

Photo: tomgrundy via Twitter.

One of the paintings in the series was even recently displayed in an art exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.

A painting of Xi Jinping on display at the National Museum of Art in Beijing. Photo: China News Service

The party has been exploring novel ways of promoting its views recently, including songs promoting the “Four Comprehensives” and the “Five Year Plan.”

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.