B. China, 1956
Mao – Red and Black, 2007
Signed and dated “Sheng Qi 2007” on the verso
Acrylic on canvas
99 x 80 cm
Private Collection, Singapore
RM 4,000 – RM 12,000
Sheng Qi is an internationally-recognised contemporary Chinese artist famed for his unique body of art and distinctive painting style. Sheng Qi was born in Anhui Province in the year 1965. He is a talented individual, his talent spanning painting, performance art and photography. Sheng Qi had the best collegiate career, studying in some of the world’s best institutions for art. The artist attended the Central Academy of Art and Design located in Beijing and he also lived and work in Italy for a few years before earning a masters in fine arts from the Central Saint Martin’s Academy of Art and Design located in London, England.
Sheng’s work is driven by two objectives — to change the direction of where he sees Chinese contemporary art heading, and simply, to ask questions. His work is daring, tackling unprecedented subjects to make the viewers to think, push boundaries and ask questions. This work highlights President Mao, with streams of red hue rushing down the painting, possibly representing bloodshed that happened at the Tiananmen Square massacre.