Fanzhi ZENG
(b.1964, China)
ZENG Fanzhi is a third-generation Chinese contemporary artist whose work is representative of the country’s avant-garde scene. He is one of the most sought-after Chinese artists working today, breaking auction records in 2008 for his Mask Series (1996).

Zeng is known for his Expressionist portraiture that blends psychology and abstraction through vivid brushstrokes and exaggerated body proportions. His works have visually fluctuated over the years, but share a range of psychological undertones. Ideologies found in his work vary from vanity, deception, self-satisfaction, solitude and sin. In his more recent works, Zeng’s artistic process has altered to combine portraiture and traditional ink painting. These works often portray subjects through thick branches, obscuring the canvas with a stylized screen. In his Untitled series, the artist introduces the audience to the natural world while simultaneously referring to internal conflicts and truths, paying homage to Chinese ink painting.

Zeng Fanzhi was born in China in 1964. He received his BFA from the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. His works have been featured in exhibitions since 1990 in renowned galleries and museums such as the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Gwacheon, Korea), Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA, USA), Saatchi Gallery (London), Groninger Museum (Groningen, The Netherlands), and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome). He currently lives and works in Beijing.

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