Ren Zhen Yu

Mahatma Gandhi, 2017
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm

USD 14,100 – 20,100


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About the artwork

Ren Zhen Yu's skilful technique involves the use of textures, thick layers of paint, spontaneous patterns and dynamic movement, infusing modern perspectives together with the history and memories associated with the icons he paints. This painting depicts Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s non-violent independence movement. Ren renders the iconic figure in a captivating manner, layering warm and cool toned colours to create a vibrant visual experience for viewers. The bright background of the work conveys an uplifting mood, reflecting Gandhi’s beloved aura. Ren presents the world with a contemporary and emotional experience, creating a different perspective of this iconic figure, that leaves the viewer with further thoughts to ponder.

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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