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People's Artist is an honorary title in the Soviet Union, Union republics, in some other Eastern bloc states (and communist states in general), as well as in a number of post-Soviet states, modeled after the title of the People's Artist of the USSR.
The term is confusingly used to translate two different Russian language titles: "народный артист" (awarded in performing arts, see e.g., Category:People's Artists of the USSR) and "народный художник" (awarded in some visual arts: painting drawing, and photography, see e.g., Category:People's Artists of the USSR (visual arts)). Both titles are awarded for exceptional achievements in the corresponding arts.
In Vietnam the abbreviation NSND (Nghệ sĩ Nhân dân) is used. This is Vietnam's top artistic award for a living artist – second only to the often posthumous Ho Chi Minh Prize. The youngest ever recipient is the Russian-trained classical pianist Đặng Thái Sơn in 1984. The lesser award of Merited Artist of Vietnam is abbreviated NSƯT.
The People's Artist (Chinese: 人民艺术家) is a type of national honorary titles. Currently 6 people are rated as this title:
- Wang Weimin (1997). "中国人民杰出的艺术家──纪念齐白石大师逝世40周年". Yinshan Xuekan (3): 48-50.
- State Council of the People's Republic of China. "国务院关于追授常香玉同志 "人民艺术家"荣誉称号的决定". www.gov.cn. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
- Xinhua News Agency. "国家主席习近平签署主席令 在庆祝中华人民共和国成立70周年之际授予42人国家勋章和国家荣誉称号". Xinhua Net. Archived from the original on 2019-09-29. Retrieved 2020-04-03.