Beijing Contemporary Art Expo 2021

Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2021

Vincent Fang

In July 1997, Vincent Fang submitted his lyrics to Wu Tsung-Hsien and signed a lyric contract with him, joining Jay Chou's Alfa Records in the same year. After a few years of exploration, he gradually developed a highly recognisable style of songwriting. He has been nominated for the Best Lyricist Award at the Taiwan Golden Melody Awards for eight consecutive years (12th to 19th), and has won the Best Film Theme Song at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Best Original Film Theme Song at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards. 

Budi Kustarto

Born in Indonesia in 1972, Budi Kustarto is one of the country's leading contemporary artists, having studied visual communication at Sekolah Menengah Senirupa (SMSR / High School of Fine Arts) in Yogyakarta from 1988 to 1992, and graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. His artistic practice revolves around sculpture and painting, and the self-portrait format.

As a two-dimensional medium, the painting presents a very different challenge to sculpture, and in 1998 he was awarded one of the ten best works of art by the Philip Morris Art Prize. Curator Rizki A. Zaelani explains that Budi Kustarto's work is a critical response to the question of limits. He thinks he will be himself within the limits (of the plaster/fibreglass image). For Budi, he is a 'print-out'. The limits are given to identity, meaning the condition is the result. And for Budi Kustarto, there is no excuse for the limits here; our consciousness must strive to realise the truth. Limits keep us alert, aware of life, humanise us."

Zeng Jianyong

Born in 1971 in Chenghai, Guangdong, Zeng Jianyong graduated from the Art Department of the National Overseas Chinese University with a degree in Chinese painting and completed a workshop on printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Whether in ideology or ink and wash techniques, Zeng Jiangyong has created an artistic style that cannot be ignored in contemporary Chinese ink and wash. Coming from a professional background in Chinese painting, he did not choose to stick to the traditional style of Chinese painting. Still, he used the traditional language of materials in combination with more contemporary themes. As a result, Zeng Jianyong is considered one of the representatives of the new ink and wash art movement.

Zeng's early works, mainly portraits of children, departed from the traditional themes of ink painting and developed his own unique new ink style, which was particularly adept at exploring the spiritual dimension of figuration, using various metaphors and social symbols to present his thoughts. He explores the rules extracted from traditional Chinese painting to observe and represent nature, thereby gaining new freedom. In recent years, Zeng's work has evolved from surrealist scene painting to a more integrated and ambitious 'theatre of painting', increasingly moving away from the constraints of specific subject matter and towards the study of painting itself, particularly the space of painting, to explore the possibilities of ink and wash unfolding in space.

Zhang Yingnan

Born in Shaanxi in 1981, Zhang Yingnan graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts. His works carry a special subtle sense of solitude and detachment through his stylistic blend of natural landscapes and basic geometry. Zhang Yingnan's work was collected by the famous musician and collector Yao Qian seven years ago. This work became the promotional poster for the documentary film One Man's Collection, which documented Yao Qian's collection for over 20 years. 2018 and 2019 Art Basel Hong Kong, with its sharp sense of space, mysterious colour palette and special classical atmosphere, Zhang Yingnan's work has been well received by art lovers at home and abroad. Zhang Yingnan has received unanimous praise from art lovers and collectors at home and abroad.

Zhao Bo

Born in 1984, Zhao Bo graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts with a Master's degree. He grew up in Shenyang, an ancient city rich in heavy industry and history and culture. His work draws on contrasting symbolic scenes to highlight his reflections and feedback on the reality of civilisation. In the midst of the information explosion and environmental pollution, Zhao Bo presents a unique sense of tragedy through his works. The magical apocalyptic scenes and dazzling wild colours allude to the chaos of modern society and the anxiety of spirituality. His works have been collected by the AURORA Museum of Art, Christina Group and Taiwan Collection Magazine.