Disparity Between Belief and Reality - 你相信但你得不到-, 2016
Oil on Canvas, 160 x 270 cm
USD 33,100 – 47,300
About the artwork
In this work, Ren depicts three workers, who carry heavy loads upon their shoulders. Ren incorporates elements of the Realism art movement, by portraying a social group often unacknowledged by the media, in a manner that is unrestrained by the traditional formality of classical portraiture. The artist’s captivating use of colour is also a nod to the expressionist movement, as he mixes both warm and cool toned colours to create a vibrant visual spectacle for viewers. Ren portrays these hardworking individuals in a contemporary manner, presenting them with dignity and highlighting their inner spirit.
About the artist
Born in Tianjin in 1976, Ren Zhenyu graduated in 1999 from the Oil Painting Department at Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, where he currently works as a lecturer. His talent was recognized and appreciated by renowned galleries and distinguished collectors throughout China, and he achieved fame in Europe through his distinct portrait series of historical and political icons, such as Andy Warhol and Chairman Mao. In his works, Ren plays with a wide spectrum of colours that are juxtaposed to create a unique expressionist interpretation of famous faces and experiments with texture and layering built on to reinforce the portrayal of faces from different perspectives.