LIU WENTAO (B. 1973)
Untitled 2
Scroll, mounted and framed, pencil on paper
56 x 75.5 cm. (22 x 29 34 in.)
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Born in Shandong in 1973, Liu Wentao currently resides in Beijing. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and a master’s degree in painting from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Enveloped in pencil-drawn lines, Liu’s canvas does not only act as a token of appreciation for the simple shapes in his life – walls, doors, windows, and shadows – but it also reveals his understanding of Zen as proposed in traditional Chinese philosophy and the abstract geometrical style as promoted by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). On account of his flair for delivering such intricate and expressive work, as well as his talent for mesmerising and bewitching the viewer, Liu Wentao is manifestly a leading artist of our times.

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