Cai Lei

Old Man
Mixed Medium, Diameter:80cm cm

USD 11,500

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About the artwork

Through his works, Cai Lei reveals his interest for inciting perspective even more than his interest in physical volume and space. The structure of the sculpture is not attracts most of the audience's attention, but the undulating shape and texture of the surface. Cai Lei uses surface texture as a vivid language, like his creation of an old man's shriveled, wrinkled skins, as well as his passionate feeling towards leather with a strong texture. Cai Lei has expresses sharp commentary in his artworks and in this series, Cai Lei emphasizes on texture and its subtle sculptural attitude. In his creations, he sacrifices volume and space to emphasize surface texture i.e. Cai Lei does not need strong sculptural volume to support his bigger interest in texture. In this sense, Cai Lei's passion for relief is granted, because in relief, the artist's artistic language can be expressed without any boundaries in an almost flat, shallow space.

About the artist

Cai Lei was born in 1983 in Jilin Province, China, and from a school affiliated to the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, went on to graduate from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. His artworks have been exhibited in the Paul and Lulu Hillard University Art Museum in the US, Moon River Museum in Beijing, the Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Liu Hai Su Museum in Shanghai, the Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, and the Shanghai Art Fair. Often using soft leather to show the mature physical form, his work has won multiple awards and is also collected by the Central Academy of Fine Arts, among others. 

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