Magical Realism and Its New Chinese Incarnation

So what is magical realism?   It is a bit hard to pin this term down as it is used in different ways by many people in many different places. It is best known for its association with Latin America fiction.     Literature I Latin American I 1960s - 1990s     In the 1960s – 1990s the term “Magical Realism” was associated with literature – with books, stories and poetry – that were being written by Latin American authors across South and Central America. Some of the most famous examples are Isabel...

Art Central 2017 Preview

  The Dragon Year Gallery has selected three artists Fang Zhi Yong(b.1980);  Wang Min(b.1986);  Li Liang(b.1985) to represent at Art Central.  because we believe they demonstrate the range of work we see in young artists today in China.       The Dragon Year Booth Preview       Fang Zhi Yong, a graduate of Central Academy of Art in Beijing, has demonstrated a more conceptual approach to his work. Past focus has been on using natural forms in a visual manner and expressing sound as the mind might capture its imagery. His most...

Painting from Nature I The Growth and Evolution of Artist Fang Zhi Yong

Painting from Nature The Growth and Evolution of Chinese Artist Fang Zhi Yong       It can be said of discovery that it is not so much the finding of something new but remembering something that is known but somehow rests un-recollected. Did Columbus discover a new world or did he remind Europeans of a land long since forgotten? Is it in our nature to forget and then through discovery to remember again? Does the artist discover new things before our businessmen and our scientists? Or has the artist...

Li Liang’s Magical Reality

Li Liang graduated from The Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. He received his masters degree from The Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2011.   Thoughts and images, real and imagined, pervade the palette of Li Liang. A young Chinese painter working exclusively with oil on canvas, Li resides in the industrial city of Zhengzhou.  Although not far away from the famous Kung Fu training sites of Shaolin, Zhengzhou is nevertheless worlds apart.  For those who have visited Zhengzhou and felt its energy, many of...

Technique Is Only Half The Story I Chinese Artist Wang Min

V. Host I Wang Min I Acrylic On Canvas I 130x170cm     Technique is only half the story.  Artists need a point of view and the possibility for deep reflection.   Recent works by Chinese Artist Wang Min have the whole story. Emerging Chinese artist Wang Min(b.1986) in her latest series “V." has taken on the topic she has come to call genetic diversity.  What will we (more specifically our great great grandchildren) look like as a species when we begin to modify the gene code in pursuit of...