Before becoming famous, Qi lived in Fayuan Temple, Beijing's oldest Buddhist temple, where he managed to survive by selling carvings and paintings. His business was very slow at the beginning, and Qi could barely make ends meet.
Qi Baishi – Qi Baishi (1864-1957) Otherwise known as Huang, courtesy name: Binsheng, native of Xiangtan, Hunan Province. He trained as a carpenter in his youth but became a painter calligrapher, master seal carver and poet He was chairman of the Chinese Association of Painters. In 1963, he was listed as one of the "World Persons of Culture" by the International Peace Council.