“I do not expect to become a great painter like Picasso, but I hope through my paintings, to arouse more people to pay attention to environmental and ecological problems.” Artist Chen began creating environmental and ecological themed paintings during his early career in Shenzhen. Every year he returns to his home town of Jingzhou, Hubei province. The rivers in the village are either depleted or seriously polluted, he feels very sad. As he recall, people used to drink the water directly from the river. His painting “Lost” is selected as the poster of the United Nations Environment Programme. Artist Chen said that environment is going to be his life time theme. Part from painting, he also engaged in making sculpture.
Artist Lin is born in 1991 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. In 2014 she created a series of works with sunflowers. Her source of inspiration was a giant sunflower which she encountered whilst walking in the botanical garden of the local university. Artist Lin was initially scared by the encounter as she feared that it might swallow her whole in a split second.
“The sunflower is like me, I often doubt myself, but I won’t give up. Every time I reflect myself through my artwork, my painting is the record, it records the conversation I had with myself. I do not need to look in the mirror to see my expression, but when I look at my art, it expresses how I felt at that time”.
Artist Liu is born in 1985 in Beijing, China. She graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with a major in Chinese Calligraphy in 2008. In 2014 she did an Art Research Postgraduate Course on the subject of ‘Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting’.
Artist Liu is an unremitting explorer of Art & Culture. She has developed traditional ink painting skills and embraced modern multiculturalism in her art.
Artist Yongsheng Xie was born in 1961 in Xu Zhou, Jiang Su province, China. Artist Xie’s career started thirty years ago when he was a Gongfu student. Whilst studying photographs of Tai Chi practitioners he became fascinated by their fluid movements. Since then his artwork has sought to capture those movements and he is committed to a journey of artistic exploration with no turning back.
Wu Guanzhong was a contemporary Chinese painter widely recognized as a founder of modern Chinese painting. He is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary Chinese painters. Wu’s artworks had both Western and Eastern influences, such as the Western style of Fauvism and the Eastern style of Chinese calligraphy. Wu had painted various aspects of China, including much of its architecture, plants, animals, people, as well as many of its landscapes and waterscapes in a style reminiscent of the impressionist painters of the early 1900s. He was also a writer on contemporary Chinese art.
Huibin Wang, nickname “Beard”, is recognized as the paranoid ‘cage king’. His work stands out for its bold cages, dignified figures and intense political metaphor. The figures , bronze sculpture like, exude a feint metallic light, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of religious ritual.
Wanghui Bin’s paintings use cages as a metaphors to question universal values and deepen the understanding of social freedom. The artist’s urge to communicate the message to his audiences is like unquenchable, anxious notes wanting to break free from the metal cage. The artist uses rough brush strokes to challenge the Chinese public’s conventional aesthetic tastes. The art works examine today’s Chinese society, long repressed pain, fast economic growth and existential crisis.
Artist Zhaomin Wang was born into a family of artists. He is not only an artist, but also contemporary art thinker and explorer, famous for his independent and innovative experimental work mingled with social and philosophical ideas. He is a dedicated advocate of oriental philosophy and his ideas inform his artwork.
Artist Zhou graduated from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing. He has always tried to break boundaries and adopt a relaxed attitude towards the traditional Chinesepainting. In his early works, Artist Zhou was inspired by the natural environment including mountains, trees and flowers. He works with ink on rice paper to create a narrative that is imbued with spiritual expression. In his Buddha paintings, he has intentionally ambiguous Buddah image from unattainable to a personalized style. There is a debate about the evolution of traditional Chinese painting. Artist Zhou doesn’t agree that oriental art can be reduced to ink painting anymore that western art can be reduced oil painting. Zhou’s art work is a clever combination of Chinese and western styles. He has developed an original perspective on Chinese art and culture and a refreshing artistic expression.