Tao Chi (1641/2–1720), also called Shi Tao (Shih T'ao), was a Chinese landscape painter, calligrapher, and poet during the late Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).
Chi was born into an imperial, royal family. He later became a monk to avoid political persecution where he studied and practiced writings and paintings. He subsequently left the Buddhist church to become a professional painter. Chi once described his style as "the best method is no method". His works were produced with combining many different techniques. He was recognized as a top artist in his time and was very influential on other artists.
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