Lei Liang’s Artist Statement I name my art as Chinese Localizationalism at the moment of my art is being exhibited in Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Arts 2008. My art is deeply rooted into Chinese native spirit from a view of contemporary experiences, and based on my typical Chinese art concept and my art experiences that is completely different from current Chinese art. (081015) I am a Chinese oil painter in Beijing. My art is a special Chinese type painting, and it reflects the typical Chinese concept and multi-cultural opinion: east and west. This is a mountains and waters picture based on western techniques. What I am doing is to provide a brand-new experiment in Chinese contemporary art, and establish a new logo for landscape art. I believe China's art will return to China's inner culture and value concept, that is independent of western landscape. My art reflects the eastern harmony and meditation philosophical concept. All the landscape and flowers are purely the symbols of harmony and the inner way to one's summit light. Audience will notice on my paintings the Red Sun over the universe. And we all people of different nations will meet there. That is the struggle of light and darkness. Go to the Sun! Hope is over there! There one see the God! Art is a heavenly steed, powerful and unstrained, soaring across the skies. Lava rolls so strongly that one can’t express oneself without pouring out. Accumulating so long time that one would not give up if no wreaking one’s thought. Talent naturally has no need to do everyday reading or everyday painting. His realization, his consciousness, his confusion and his clearness are all reasonable. Painter is not artist. Artist has the ability to be arrogant and domineering following his inclinations, while painter can only be obedient and submissive. Creation for the majesty and splendeur of mountain and water; Anthem for the heroic exploits and prominence of emperor. I will only create great painting for heroes. Who are heroes? Those who show the utmost fortitude, always charge forward, dare sacrifice and go well up to bridle. China summons heros! Heavy earth and roily sky, both summon the appearance of heros!
Biography: EXPERIENCES 1998-present Recluse for reading, thinking, and painting, www.LeiLiang.com, Beijing, China 1997 Study at Oil Painting Materials Seminar, Oil Painting Dept., Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 1996-98 Teach at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 1995 Work at the Organizing Committee of China Art Expo, Ministry of Culture, Beijing, China 1992-94 Study European arts and culture, and visit museums and galleries in Europe, Paris, Warsaw, Moscow etc 1986-92 Teach at Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China 1982-86 Work at China National Textile Import and Export Corporation, Jiangxi Branch, Nanchang, China 1982 Graduation from Western Languages and Literature Department, Peking University, Beijing, China EXHIBITIONS 2009 Florence Biennale International of Contemporary Art 2009, Florence, Italy (Biennale Internazionale dell' Arte contemporanea 2009, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italia) 2008 China Fine Arts Renaissance Competition (Silver Prize), Hong Kong 2008 Worldly Influences: Unity, Life and Strength, Cambridge, USA 2008 Internal Injury: 8 Artists’ Injury Assessment Reports, Beijing, China 2008 Liverpool Independents Biennial 2008, Liverpool, UK 2008 Meet Me at Sunset, Liverpool, UK 2005 Barcelona VI Aniversario VirtuArt, Spain 2004 Intimate Flora, USA 1997 Rethinking the 20th Century: The Chinese Perspective, David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA 1996 Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition, Beijing Music Hall, Beijing, China 1995 The 18th South Korea Art and Culture Grand Exhibition, Asian Art and Culture Association of Korea, Seoul, Korea 1991 Sino-Japan Youth Exhibition, Tokyo 1990 Asian-Pacific Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition, sponsored by Museum of Modern Art of New York, Sidney, Australia 1986 Lei Liang Art Exhibition, sponsored by the China National Artists Association, Wuhan, China OIL PAINTING PUBLICATION Look with No Trace, Published by China Writers Press, July 2007 Chinese Contemporary Art Document 2006, Edited by Deng Pingxiang, published by Hunan Arts Publishing Press, 2006 China Famous Middle-aged and Young Oil Painters’ Works, 2006 Chinese Contemporary Art Annual 2005, Edited by Zhu Qingsheng and CMAA Peking University, Published by Guangxi Normal University Press, 2005 Chinese Artist and Calligraphist, May, 2005 Treasury, April, 2005 China Art Daily, Oct. 3, 1997 China Youth Daily, Jan. 19, 1997 Science Daily, Sept. 15, 1996 Culture Monthly, July 1996 Heilongjiang Daily, March 25, 1996 MAIN ART ARTICLES On Ingres and Delacroix, 1985 On Degas, 1985 Comment on Van Gogh, 1985 Art Notes, 1984-1997 Lei Liang Art Diary MAIN ART TRANSLATIONS (English, French, Chinese) Documents of '97 Beijing International Computer Art Show, 1997 Larousse Encyclopedia – Western Literature, Friendship Publishing House, 1996 Comment on Artist Wang Guangyi, a long critic article by famous critic Lu Peng, published in Wang Guangyi Art Album, 1993 Who Can Be More Fortune Than Me? --Dialogue with Lichtenstein, an article from Art News, published in World Art, 1992 Korea Marching Towards World Art, an article from Art in America issue 91-4, published in Art and Market, issue 1992-2 John's New Works, an article from Art in America issue 91-3, published in Art and Market, issue 1992-2 Leo Casttelli Gallery: Warhol and Lichtenstein (an article from Art in America), published in Art and Market, issue 1992-3 Ego and Post-Modern Art, by W. V. During, published in Contemporary Art Series, issue 1992-2 Reconstruction of Abstractionism, 1988 The Creative Way to Paint, by David Friend, 1988 Modernity of Chinese Painting, by John Clark (London University), published in Art Trends, issue 1987-4 CRITICS’ ARTICLES An Undulate World in Pure Colours - Lei Liang's Oil Painting on Rice Paper by Luo Shiping (art critic, Director of Art History Department at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Doctor Teacher), published in China Youth Daily, issue 1997-1-19 Pure Heart in Magnificent Mountains and Waters - Lei Liang and His Painting by Liu Yan (contemporary art critic), published in Culture Monthly, issue 1996-7 Painting from Another World - Comment on Mr. Lei Liang's Oil Painting on Rice Paper by Li Yuan (Buddhist philosopher, Master at Religion Research Institute of China Social Sciences Academy), published in China Arts Journal, 1997-10-3 Lei Liang's Oil Painting: Style, Hua Gu, 1995 Lei Liang's Oil Painting: Technics, Hua Gu, 1995 Lei Liang's Oil Painting: Media, Hua Gu, 1995 CRITICS’ ARTICLES SELECTION Lei Liang's painting is quite special with his painting methods. I have never seen such kind of paintings before. His colour is that of Cezanne's strokes while his image mode includes Chinese traditional painting spirit, unique and refresh. This experimentary oil painting localization is a courageous testment! Keeping on this painting way, he may auspicate a new painting style. -- Chen Danqin (Contemporary Oil Painting Artist and Critics) I have taught painting in the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts for dozens of years but I have never met such kind of art modes like Lei Liang's! You one man will have to carry on your shoulder 2 big mountains: Chinese traditional painting and oil painting. This is unprecedented art. If you do well, you will be marvelous! -- Jia Youfu (Contemporary Chinese Ink and Wash Artist) I can see from Lei Liang's artworks the possibility of avoiding China's contemporary art tragedy. -- Wang Guangyi (Contemporary Oil Painting Artist) ENROLLMENT China Contemporary Art Documents 2006, Beijing, 2006 Who’s Who Guide of Art, Florida, USA, 2005 Dictionary of Famous Chinese (Grand Contemporary Culture), edited by China International Who's Who Institute, China Who's Who Dictionary Editorial Press, 1997 Chinese Modern Artists and Their Works, 1997 World Who's Who (Art Volume), edited by Outstanding Chinese and Foreigners Research Center of Hong Kong, 1997 89-90 China Avant-Garde Art Annual, Contemporary Artists and Hong Kong News Press, 1991 OIL PAINTINGS COLLECTION Beijing Jiabao International Auctions Co. LTD, 2006 Zhongding International Auctions Co.,LTD, 2006 Shanghai Private Collection, 2005 China Pacific International Auction Co. Ltd., 1997 China Guardian Auctions Co. Ltd., 1997 Hanhai Art Auction Corporation, 1997 San Hssi Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 1996 Golden Education Book Store, Beijing, China, 1996 American Shelton Estate Management Group, Beijing, China, 1996 Global Entertainment Organization, California, USA, 1996 Galerie Montmartre, Paris, France, 1993 ACTIVITIES Plan and translation for '97 Beijing International Computer Art Show, Beijing, China, 1997 Assistance and translation for the Investigation Delegation of the Foundation Charles Leopold Mayer for the Progress of the Human, Beijing, Xi-an, Nanchang, China, 1997 Organization and translation for '95 China Art Exposition, Beijing, 1995 SCHOLAR DEGREE Bachelor of Arts of Beijing University, Beijing, China, 1982 Excellence License of French Alliance College, Paris, France, 1979 MEMBERSHIP Beijing Young Artists Association China Artists Association China National Translators Association TITLE OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSION Assistant professor CAPACITY OF LANGUAGES English and French: Fluent German, Polish and Japanese: A little Chinese (oral and written): Fluent (native languague) (v.080925)
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