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Chinese contemporary artist Zeng Hao’s art has been following Postmodernism’s practice: appropriation, transposition, transformation. Like what is shown from his Door God series to Bubbles series, all his works have the characteristics of metaphors and symbolism.
In his Door God images, Zeng mixed the cultural elements of the East and the West, presented the aesthetical spectacles under the background of global consumerism, which have the cultural implications of intertwining, host-guest-exchange, and even conflict of the Eastern and Western cultures.
His Bubbles series since 2008 are mainly his own imaginations, which transform existing images by exaggeration, reconstruction, and regeneration in colors and figures, and form absurd feelings of social ecology， that life is materialized, while combined with the exhibition scene.
The bubble images from Zeng’s paintbrush at this time are mostly pink, which is obviously related to desires. On the one hand, they are rather dazzling: inflating, glossy, and magnificent. On the other hand, they are easy to collapse and vanish. As Mr. Li Xiaofeng said, “they are more like virus under microscopes, the virus of desire in societies.” All kinds of virus, phantoms of illusions are hardly to be recognized in complicated societies.
Zeng is very good at techniques of multiple paint layers on canvas, creating images with plastic or jade feeling to indicate the cultural characteristics of unstable, materialized objects and desires, and the spiritual confusion and anxiety faced by human existence, which are fragile, uncertain, and unpeaceful.
The fragmented bubble images with diversified colors shown in Zeng’s recent art works have deepened this kind of experience. Perhaps they are exactly the vision characters of our era, and the value of his art works.
Zeng studied in Sichuan Fine Arts College, Guangzhou Fine Arts College, and Fine Arts College of Beijing Normal University, and has been instructed by many fine arts masters like Zhang Xiaogang, Ye Yongqing, Guo Runwen, Xu Weixin, Shang Yang, Duan Zhengqu, etc., from whom he has gained profound knowledge, various techniques and skills.
Zeng has worked very hard for thirty years, persisted in independent creation, and had an outstanding achievement. His art works have been exhibited in China and overseas for many times and collected by various art collectors. His bubble paintings, as the unique and representative symbol of his art works, have been widely acknowledged in the art world.
Zeng, one of the well known contemporary artists, comes here to attend his first art exhibition in New York this time. Let us welcome this excellent artist, and wish his first New York exhibition a complete success!