Li Chen

Bronze, 118 x 112 x 60 cm

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About the artwork

‘Avalokitesvara’ is the bodhisattva (“Buddha-to-be”) of infinite compassion and mercy, beloved throughout the Buddhist world. Avalokiteśvara embodies the compassion of all Buddhas and is venerated as the ideal of karuna, the activity of compassion in the world and the willingness to bear the pain of others. Li Chen composes his figure with arms wide open, in a gesture of openesss and surrender- a willingness to accept, comfort and unencumber all who approach. Beyond the spiritual idealism, Li Chen’s form carries a simplified space between sculptural line and texture, melding them into one, embellished by the myriad of surface effects under light and shadows.

About the artist

Li Chen was born in 1963 in Taiwan. His distinctive style of incorporating feelings of self-mindfulness and interpretations of Chinese classics from Buddhist and Taoist traditions, blended with contemporary thought and earned him critical acclaim worldwide. In 1999, Li Chen had his artwork debut in Taipei, and has since exhibited in New York, Chicago, Jerusalem, Copenhagen, Miami, Paris, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Geneva, Singapore, Seoul, etc. In 2007, he became the first Chinese artist to give a solo exhibition in the Venice Biennale. In 2012, Art Investment magazine claimed that based on total global auction house sales figures, Li Chen was the sixth best selling artist in the world.

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