Ren Zhen Yu

Disparity Between Belief and Reality II -你相信但你得不到二-ally Mercedes, 2016
Oil on Canvas, 160 x 270 cm

USD 32,600 – 46,600


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About the artwork

In this divergent series of works, Ren portrays multiple characters, unrestricted from the traditional formality of classical portraiture. The people depicted in this series are mainly unknown figures going through their everyday lives, the nameless people that we encounter daily. The title ‘你相信但你得不到’, translates to ‘you believe, but you are unable to do it’ in English, encouraging us to reflect on our own lives. Ren’s use of intriguing textures and vibrant colours creates a dazzling visual spectacle, conveying an uplifting mood to the viewer, and encouraging us to recognise and embrace the excitement and joy that can be found in life and its adventures.

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. 

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