Cheng Shifa was a Chinese artist, specialized in painting and comics. He studied fine arts in Shanghai and started out painting afterwards. He created his first comics pages in 1949, which were noticed by the Chinese publisher that hired him in 1952. A year later, Cheng Shifa drew 'La Forêt des Lettrés', a comics adaptation of a popular satiric novel from the 18th century. He continued with 'Peau Peinte' in 1955 and started teaching painting at the university of Shanghai.
His return to painting was a good choice, because he soon became an internationally acclaimed painter. However, Cheng Shifa also continued making comics, like 'Kon Yiji', 'Cent Huit Tableaux d' après la Véridique Histoire d' Ah' and 'Tenace jusqu'à la Victoire'. He then made a tour through the Yunnan to get inspiration for his series 'Zhaoshutun and Nannuonuo' and 'Ebing and Sangluo'.