ZHU WEI (B. 1966)
Utopia No.55

Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
119 x 102.5 cm. (46 ⅞ x 40 ⅜ in.)
Executed in 2005

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Zhu Wei studied at the People’s Liberation Army of Art, Beijing Film Academy, and the China Institute of Art. As one of the internationally-recognised pioneers of Chinese contemporary art, he often engages with his background in classical Chinese painting by using the fine brush (gongbi) technique in his whimsically painted, socio-political artworks. Reflective of his life during the Cultural Revolution, Zhu Wei’s Utopia is a series that emphasises both the innocence and hopelessness of the era.

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