Andy Warhol I
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
About the artwork
CSG _ 000116 ( KU ) - Ren Zhen Yu uses famous celebrities as subjects for his paintings. He infuses modern perspectives together with the history and memories associated with these icons, making their portrayal timeless. The icons selected have contributed greatly to the development of society in their respective fields. Ren’s unique representation of them in an expressionist manner helps us to place these historic personalities in today’s modern context. Ren portrays his subjects in a different light, imbuing the audience with a fresh perspective from possible preconceived notions.
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.