Using special colored pencils, Beijing-based Xia Xiaowan paints on 14 to 30 panes of glass to create ghostly holographic artwork. Walk around one of these paintings and you will notice that the image changes along each shift of perspective, blurring the line between painting and sculpture. Each piece takes approximately one to two months to complete, depending on the degree of complexity of the… Continue
Call it the sign of the times when you see a crazy cast of Western cartoon characters painted into Chinese art. Zhang Gong is an artist who is currently exhibiting at the Eli Klein gallery in New York. With paintings that range in price from $5,000 to $70,000, three-quarters of which were sold out after just three week, Gong is one of several Chinese artists who is making a mark in today's… Continue
Mr. Hou didn't expect to become an internet sensation after he uploaded some photos of his 3D chalk art pieces onto a Chinese forum a few weeks ago. After all, he's just an average Chinese citizen who enjoys drawing for his little boy. Now, people from all over the web are referring to him by a new nickname - "Chalk God."
Born in Beijing in 1967, Liu Yuanshou is one of China’s most respected and prominent contemporary painters. Painting with oil on canvas, Liu creates powerful scenes featuring women wrapped in bright red silk. They seem to be distraught, desperately struggling to escape their own misery.
Silkworm culture and the the production of silk textiles has always been… Continue
Chinese painter He Sen must daydream all day about partying with beautiful women. At first glance, these images look like photographs that were digitally modified, but in reality they're really hand-made paintings.
He Sen's young women seem to be caught between childhood and fully fledged adult life. The presence of teddy bears aims to create a tension… Continue
"Although life is only a circus, we still have to play vividly," says Maleonn, a talented Shanghai-based photographer who has gained a cult over the years because of his fable-like photographs. By looking at his highly creative images, you can really tell he put a lot of thought and effort into creating these intricate sets.
I'm really diggin' the versatility and meaning behind this project by Kentaro Nagai. In Japan, it is customary to send New Year's greeting cards with an animal sign of the zodiac for the upcoming year printed on them. In Chinese astrology, the twelve animal signs represents twelve different types of personalities. New Year's greeting cards are sent… Continue
I was speaking with the fabulous artist, Hong Nian Zhang – one of the 100 Living Masters and one of China’s ten most influential artists of all time!
He is such a humble, sweet and interesting person. He was calling to tell me that he is in China researching the costumes for his next historical painting and he went to the Beijing National Museum for a meeting with Curators. To his shock, a painting he had done in 1984 was hanging… Continue
It's always interesting to see what modern art looks like from all over the world. Wang Qingsong is a contemporary Chinese artist known for his large-scale photographs which explore the political, social, and cultural issues of a rapidly changing China. Wang Qingsong was born in China in 1966 and graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. This year, we welcome the Year of the Ox, the sign representing solemn hard work and prosperity - an animal that appears aptly symbolic for these difficult times. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating and preparing for this Lunar New Year festivities.
Aside from the obvious beauty displayed in Zhong Biao's paintings, there's something else that really draws me in. His pieces have such depth and leave me with a curiosity of what is really going on...
"I don’t want to force my own understanding or interpretation of my paintings on the audience. The mixture of images within each of my paintings is like a… Continue
My obsession with Beijing-born photographer Chen Man continues.
Celebrated as the best fashion/beauty photographer from the "born in the 80's" generation, Chen Man (陳曼) made a significant impact when she photographed covers for the Chinese fashion magazine Vision from 2003 to 2007 (pictured). Since then, she has shot for the Chinese editions of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie… Continue