b. 1966, China

Li Fan Biography

People in Li Fan's works usually take a very dramatic and exaggerated pose, but in format, they are expressed in traditional Chinese technique, such as emphasized beauty of line and margin or distributed ink on canvas. Unprecedented large scale, erotic and playful expressions are contrary to a theme’s seriousness. As showing conceptual topics like personal emotion and social taboo through others’ and his lives, his unique way of thinking is revealed.

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Li Fan is already praised for modernized traditional ink painting based on contemporary people’s life. Large-scale oil painting shows consistent changes technically as well as his ink painting obtains diversity of material. However, despite of various medium, Li Fan’s artworks start from affection for the life he basically has. He focuses on the life, and never gives up a belief on human so that his humanity and affection become a basis of his work.

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