Zhu Wei 朱伟 (b.1966)

Born in 1966 in Beijing, Zhu Wei is one of China’s most visible contemporary practitioners of the post-Tiananmen period, Zhu Wei is known for his subtly quizzical critique of politics and society in a rapidly evolving China.

Faithful to that country’s quintessentially classical artistic medium, Chinese painting, the Beijing-born-and-based Zhu is principally a painter. He is the first Chinese contemporary artist to bring the traditional painting method into the contemporary art world. While other Chinese artists of the time were engaged in "Political Pop" and "Cynical Realist" work, Zhu Wei explored the traditional gongbi method as a way to represent the socio-political climate that was happening in China and the possibilities it represented.

In recent years, however, the artist has broadened his formal reach to include print-making as well as figurative sculpture. His China China series of monumental Mao-jacket-clad Chinese cadres, begun in 2000, has achieved iconic status. In most of his works, his vision often seems anguished and alienated, personal and political at the same time.

朱伟,生于一九六六年,当代艺术家,中国当代水墨的探索者。自九十年代初开始以水墨画在国际大型展览亮相,在世界各地举办超过三百次大型展览,先后出版三十部不同文字的绘画专集、回顾专集。国内外有四十五家美术馆、博物馆收藏了其超过七十件作品。

 

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