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b. 1983, China

Cai Lei Biography

Cai Lei’s works explore the relationship between illusion and space. From his interest in planarity, he carves out an illusory conceptual space which oscillates between the second and third dimension for his creations. Working in both painting and mixed media sculptural relief, light plays an important factor in enhancing this illusion of depth. Painted spaces of interior hallways or corners simultaneously protrude and recede depending on the viewer’s experience of the work.

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Cai Lei was born in 1983 and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sculpture at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. An award winning young artist from the ‘80s generation, he has exhibited internationally including the Yangtze Art Museum (Chongqing), Foundation Taylor (Paris), CAFA Museum (Beijing), Poly Art Museum (Beijing), Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art (USA), Today Art Museum (Beijing), and Museum of Contemporary Art Bonn (Germany). 

Text courtesy Tang Contemporary Art.

Cai Lei Featured Artworks

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0107# by Cai Lei contemporary artwork painting
Cai Lei0107#, 2021Acrylic on canvas
120 x 120 x 5 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Unfinished Home 20210517 by Cai Lei contemporary artwork sculpture
Cai LeiUnfinished Home 20210517, 2021Cement
110 x 46 x 3 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Unfinished Home 20210412 by Cai Lei contemporary artwork sculpture
Cai LeiUnfinished Home 20210412, 2021Cement
90 x 48.5 x 3 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Over Under 20200901 by Cai Lei contemporary artwork sculpture
Cai LeiOver Under 20200901, 2020Bronze, 24K gold leaf
104 x 54 x 1 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Pass Through 202003 by Cai Lei contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Cai LeiPass Through 202003, 2020Acrylic on canvas, steel
90 x 200 x 9 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Block One by Cai Lei contemporary artwork sculpture
Cai LeiBlock One, 2020Concrete, steel structure
232 x 58.5 x 40 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Beyond Freedom 191229 by Cai Lei contemporary artwork sculpture
Cai LeiBeyond Freedom 191229, 2019Bronze
162 x 91 x 70 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Over Under 20200823 by Cai Lei contemporary artwork sculpture
Cai LeiOver Under 20200823, 2020Bronze
110 x 50 x 1 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Cai Lei Recent Exhibitions

Cai Lei Represented By

Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong
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