Cui Ming Fei


About The Artist

Cui Ming Fei was born in 1982 in Tianjin, China and received his Bachelor of Art degree in 2004. Still in his early 20's, he is already drawing attention from experts in the Chinese art world. He has mastered the varied skills necessary for exceptional figurative painting while incorporating the rough strength of Expressionism. A surprisingly devoted young artist, Cui is continuously working in his studio on new works that show the promising future of a talented painter. Cui's usual theme is female figures, in particular city girls who are almost all young, just like himself. They are part of the"one child" generation in China, and have now turned out to be the most dynamic demographic group in contemporary Chinese society. They are believed to have grown up in 'sugar-cans,' kept away from all adversities China had faced in the past - both socially and naturally - and amidst the fast-changing history of China, thus making them believe they are better and more superior to their ancestors. This new generation of young Chinese are more curious and receptive to changing social and cultural changes in their society. Expressing more confidence and ability than they actually have, they are known for their outgoing and enthusiastic nature.   

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Cui's message is depicted through the postures of the girls in his "White" series and the gazes of the girls the paintings of black backgrounds. In his painting, 'Morning Sun', a refreshed, easy-going and beautiful girl stands next to a weary Caucasian man - presenting one with sharp contrast. However, a thin cloud of uncertainty and confusion crosses her face. In the painting 'Looking', Cui shows a girl against a simple black background showcasing the "metropolitan fashion" similar to those in Seoul or New York, looking up for something with a determined expression in her eyes. At the same time, however, through the same beautiful eyes, you also get a feeling of her being lost. There is always something beneath the surface in Cui's paintings, and the painting itself does not answer "what," "where" or "why," leaving the viewer to decide how the painting speaks to him and what he understands of it.   

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