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Feng Zhongyun

'When a painter wants to express the way to live a simple life, he will paint grass. Grass seems weak, but it can survive anything - wind, fire and storms that might crush or destroy something made by humans can not destroy grass. it will bend or quickly grow back."

China's difficult history in modern times has been no secret. In 1967 Feng was born in a Beijing hutong. His childhood was not an easy one and like many of his fellow students at CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing) his familiy struggled during the cultural revolution and the time after. At an early age his dream was to become an artist. His time at CAFA was a happy one untill his life turned up side down again during the student protests at Tian'anmen square. For several years he worked as a succesfull interior designer, but one day decided to follow his spiritual path, left for the mountains of Shandong and built a temple. He never stopped painting. Recognised as a well established artist he was selected to be the first contemporary ink wash painter to exhibit in 2006 in 798 Art District invited by XYZ art-gallery. Feng's life experiences are echoed in his works. His spiritual practices seem to have brought him to a personal and artistic place in which the beauty and gentleness of life is not obliterated by the harsher aspects of human experience. Feng isn't moved by the excessive visual impact of much contemporary art, due to jarring or lacking spiritual grace. By changing the composition to reduce the visual impact, Feng's work activates a modern vibrancy and intensity that is blanded with a more traditional wisdom and depth. The result is contemporary, but serene. He adepts traditional Chinese elements of nature in his paintings like birds, horses etc. He is also well known for his Peking Opera series.

 
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