Liu Ruo Wang

The East is Red Series (东方红系列) 2014.8.29, 2014
Bronze, 92 x 23 x 53 cm

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About the artwork

Although they are sculptures, Liu Ruowang’s works are not limited to the often represented Western forms. In terms of colour, texture and even composition, he draws on elements from Chinese traditional art which provides fresh insight into the medium. The peasants in Liu Ruowang’s sculptures have red faces, like the character Guan Yu in ancient Chinese literature. This signifies that they are full of vital energy and the color itself represents auspiciousness and luck in Chinese culture. The clothes they are wearing are presented in grey - reflecting the typical garb of people in Northern Shanxi province. In ‘The East is Red’ series, the figures are soldiers of modern warfare, but they have an earthy colour and texture as if they have been dug up from the ground. They have come from the earth and will return to it at the end of their journey, an ideal worthy of contemplation. The arrangement of the work draws parallels to that of the Qin Emperor’s terracotta warrior army - providing added emphasis of the power and unity of a group.



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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