Fu-Ding Cheng––visionary filmmaker and shamanic artist––began his career as a practicing architect, but has since focused his attention on spirituality, painting and filmmaking. In 1990, he founded Liquid Light Productions devoted to explore paths of self-illumination and mystical adventures through films, books, art and seminars.
He has produced, written and directed fifteen films and videos, including his prize-winning series Zen-Tales for the Urban Explorer. His films, an amalgam of original paintings and live-action cinematography, have won dozens of awards, been exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York as well as the UCLA/Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, which presented a special Retrospective of his work.
Fu-Ding’s diverse creative projects range from documentaries (Voyage working with gang kids) to music videos (Starship’s We Built This City on Rock and Roll), album covers (Heart’s Dog And Butterfly) to murals (Chinese Celestial Dragon). Presently, his paintings combine Watercolor with Photoshop––the ultimate analogue media meets the ultimate digital––to create images of magic and mystery that have been exhibited in galleries and private collections as well as featured in films, books, and posters. In 2001, Hampton Roads published a children’s book he wrote and illustrated, Dream-House, which was used in numerous storytelling programs and children’s seminars.
But his first priority over all vocational activities has been a life-long devotion to the spiritual quest, which has included Vedanta practice, meditation retreats in the Himalayas, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. All these practices culminated in his nine-year apprenticeship with Toltec shaman don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements). After a series of extraordinary experiences among the giant pyramids in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Fu-Ding achieved a level of mastery that has altered his life forever.
He now dedicates his time to help change the “dream of the planet” through art, films, seminars and books. While teaching Film Directing at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Fu-Ding created a groundbreaking new curriculum, "Shamanic Tools for the Filmmaker." Based in Venice, California, he is currently producing the feature film, Maya, a mystical love story inspired by otherworldly events experienced in his Toltec practice, and, most recently, has written Long Day’s Journey Into Light, a memoir in the form of transformational tales centered around twenty-four autobiographical photo/watercolor paintings.