Ren Zhen Yu

Indoor Exhibition
Oil on Canvas - Pop Art, cm

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About the artwork

Chinese artist Ren Zhenyu is renowned globally for his captivating portraits of historical and political figures. The artist plays with textures and a wide spectrum of colours that are juxtaposed to create a unique expressionist interpretation of famous faces. Ren subtly controls the interaction between brightness and colour to present the diversity of the icons he chooses to represent, raising questions of whether he intends to depict them in their media-portrayed image, or to create a new representation through abstract expressionism. These multi-coloured and variegated portraits by Ren were created over years of artistic observation, and are recognized and appreciated by renowned galleries and distinguished collectors throughout China, as well as increasingly worldwide.



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. 

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