Mind Set Art Center is honored to collaborate with Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, presenting the latest solo exhibition of the Germany-based artist Rao Fu, titled Infinitrace in gallery 102. The press conference and opening reception will begin on July 12 (Fri.), 5pm. On the following day July 13 (Sat.), the talk will be held in Mind Set Art Center at 3pm. The panelists include Professor Roan, Ching-yueh, the museum director Huang Chien-Hung and the artist Rao Fu. It is foreseeable that the conversation would bring forth further discussion and excitements for the exhibition. You are cordially invited to attend opening reception and the talk.
As the artist wrote in the statement: "Infinitrace—where does it start and where does it stop? I do not know and have no way of knowing. It's like a beam of light passing through my body, straight up to the sky, taking all of my experiences, feelings, and desires of life into an infinite ethereal void. I am guided toward this light as it renders a feeling of transcendence that goes beyond time, space, culture, region, identity, borders....a pure sense of simple existence." For a long time, Rao Fu's creations have drifted in between sense and sensibility. Relying on personal intuition and instinct, he continuously sponges off the nutrients from historical and classical art imagery in creating a mysterious and romantic polyphony of painting vocabulary that opens up diverse imaginative spaces and gives him his unique style. Infinitrace includes two of his latest epic works Infinitrace and Inevitable as the overarching theme, through which the suspense of sense and the agitation of sensibility hint at the ineffable sublime. They present things that cannot be presented by combining a slew of real-life characters, implicit religious symbols and everyday life scene imaginations to reveal his recent attention and transition in creation. These works also convey the artist's dynamic process of seeking a belonging of his soul through creation.
Moreover, this time Rao Fu challenged himself to deliver massive paintings of more than 4 meters in width and conducted plenty of experiments and breakthroughs along with the developments. Either the displacement of parallels and overlaps of space as well as composition, or the interwoven narrative of the storyboard and figures, surges the forms over painting skills but also perfectly merges into each other. This unique way of creation hatches a new prospect in painting, and reveals the constant exploration of the artist's and his achievements in the journey. These achievements not only response the context that contemporary art built upon the diversity of cultures and backgrounds with fundamental interaction, but also manifest the fact that Asian artists are rising and gradually being indispensable in the international contemporary art scene.
Rao Fu was born 1978 in Beijing, China; in 1999, he dropped out of art school of Tsinghua University and went to Germany to pursue further study. The following year, he graduated in The Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden. Since his graduation in 2009, he has been well received by German art community. FU's work is included in the collections of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (KdFS), Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg and etc. He is the only Asian artist in those institutional acquisitions. His paintings also can be seen in private collection of Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, the United States, China and Taiwan. German art critics concludes Fu as a humble and talented explorer and innovator, who successfully integrates German Expressionism, Romanticism and personal experience, then renders to painterly language in a delicate and breathtaking way.
Press release courtesy Mind Set Art Center.