Liu Ruo Wang

The East is Red Series (东方红系列)
Bronze, 120 cm

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About the artwork

The colours of black, red and white are reminiscent of lacquer produced in the Han Dynasty and the shapes of the men themselves reflect Qin and Han Dynasty sculptural forms. Depicted is the humility and simplicity of the Chinese farmer, adorned in northern Shanxi garb of quilted cotton jackets. The red is symbolic of passion, blood and revolutionary fervour.

About the artist

Born in 1970 in Shaanxi, China, Liu Ruo Wang creates art that touches on an immense array of cultural elements, while remaining firmly rooted in a personal journey through time and struggle. Turning a childhood of myth and folklore into a representation of the Chinese spirit, the artist chooses to glorify the ordinary man by presenting him as a an emblem of solidarity, tying together bands of soldiers in distinctly Eastern colour, texture and form. A coalescence of nostalgia and tribute, the artist immortalizes his roots, subtly making reference to the history and significance that form the rich heritage behind the industrialized modernity of his people. Widely established and exhibited, the artist’s works are collected by numerous prestigious institutions in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, France, Italy, New Zealand and the USA.

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