20 x 24
Acrylic on Canvas
Wang Lei, the painter who comes from China, was born in Heilongjiang Province, he lives and works in Beijing now. He obtained a master's degree and Ph.D. Program from the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He has won numerous Chinese and international awards and he has held many personal exhibitions in China and internationally. In 2016, Wang Lei held a successful solo exhibition at the Hongik University Museum of Modern Art in Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, Wang Lei's solo exhibition "WANG LEI-Faces of the Silk Road", was held at the Yishu-8 Museum. In the same year, 42 artists from 11 countries competed for “the Future Prize New Silk Road” awards, and Wang Lei won the only grand prize. In addition, he has been invited to set up art studios in Turkey, Egypt, Algeria and other countries.
His Works are collected widely by domestic and foreign enterprise groups, art galleries, art institutions, and private collectors in the United States, Australia, Germany, France, Singapore, and Taiwan. The works are offered at both domestic and international art auctions, and all auctioned works have been sold, creating outstanding commercial value for the society. He has frequently participated in charity exhibitions and auction, making a valuable contribution to several charities.
Wang Lei is the first artist in the world to travel across the Silk Road for a live creation. In terms of artistic creativity, he has an open vision and a persistent explorative spirit. He has traveled to Europe several times and pursued the roots of European humanism in Italy, the cradle of the European Renaissance. He has also embarked on journeys to discover the roots of his national culture. Wang Lei has a strong interest in Chinese mythology, the symbols of Shan Gui（God of Earth), He Bo（God of River）and Dong Huang Taiyi （God of Heaven）have all been elements of his works. He once went to Xinjiang to live with the residents for some time because he longed to deepen his understanding of himself over time. This enriched his artistic creation with a new form: instead of just depicting the Silk Road itself, he depicted the faces of people on the Silk Road, its atmosphere and impressions-which is the essence and the reality of the Silk Road. That means going back to the origin of geography, local traditional customs and practices, and Chinese humanities culture. To explore and communicate the origins of European and Chinese culture, from 2015 to 2018, he spent four years traveling across Eurasia, executing his Silk Road creation plan, during which time he created a large number of works on-site. Wang Lei not only pays attention to communication with ancient traditional culture but also pays attention to the connection with contemporary reality. In his paintings, he shows the connection between different cultures and different times.