Zeng Fanzhi (b. 1964) Mask Series No. 14

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Lot 6146
Zeng Fanzhi (b. 1964)
Mask Series No. 14

Sold for US$ 183,250 inc. premium
Contemporary Asian Art, Chinese Works of Art

Contemporary Asian Art
Zeng Fanzhi (b. 1964)
Mask Series No. 14
signed Zeng Fanzhi in Chinese lower right and dated '94
oil on canvas
58 7/8 x 50 3/4in (149.5 x 129cm)

Footnotes

  • Purchased: Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, 1995

    Note:
    Zeng Fanzhi graduated from Hubei Fine Arts College in 1991. In his early works he paid attention to the psychological mood of the figures in his paintings, and used his brush strokes to create disturbing, pessimistic, gloomy moods.

    In 1994, his work entered a second phase when he began work on the Mask Series. All the figures in the series wear a mask, which hides their faces and creates a mood of detachment and distance. Their large eyes appear to draw us in, but their hidden faces create a feeling of alienation and discomfort. They seem tense or fearful, as if trapped by the roles they play. Zeng art's conjures up the feeling of fatigue we all feel with contemporary material existence, in a world where we struggle to consume, while at the same time isolate ourselves from each other.

    Some of the institutions that have exhibited Zeng's work include the Shanghai Art Museum, the National Art Museum in Beijing, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Germany, the Santa Monica Art Centre in Barcelona, Spain, and the Art Centre in Hong Kong. Today he lives and works in Beijing.
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