59 х 78.75 in. cm.
Signed, inscribed, in Chinese and English and dated '2006' in oil on front.
Please note that "Long Haired Young Man" (2006) is unframed and in perfect condition.
This stunning large-scale oil paintings is by Chinese Contemporary painter, photographer and performance artist Li Wei (China, B. 1970 ). Painted in tones to represent a black and white photograph, two young men are here rounded up by city police, most likely from the brothel and strip club raids that are common occurrences in the major cities of China. It is not coincidental that his paintings reference photographs, as Li Wei is internationally famed for his conceptual and performance based gravity-defying series of photographs. His rare oil paintings are an important element of the artist's oeuvre as their subversive narrative parallels his performance art and photography works that are based on false illusions and often dangerous stunts involving the artist himself, as his works never involve digital or computer manipulation, instead he uses props such as mirrors, wires and stunts to create his visually and conceptually brilliant body of work.
Li Wei as born in 1970 in Hubei, China. Wei's works have been exhibited in museums and galleries world wide Wei's artwork has been exhibited in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Solo Exhibitions include Parc de la Villette, Paris (2012), Lucca, Italy (2011), 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2010;2006), Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong (2010), Tribeca, Madrid (2009), Michael Schultz Gallery, Beijing (2009), Mogadishni CPH gallery, Denmark (2009), Yeh Rong Jia Culture & Art Foundation, Taiwan (2008), EScape Cultural Ample Gallery, Spain (2007), PYO Gallery, Seoul (2006), Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid (2006).
Li Wei's work was included in Museum shows: Katonah Museum of Art, United States (2012), Beijing Times Art Museum, China (2011), Daegu Photo Biennale 2010 in Korea (2010),Palazzo Reale Museum, Milan (2009), Olympic Museum, Switzerland (2008), Criterion Gallery, Australia (2007), Toulouse Art Museum, France (2006), Ox Warehouse, Macau (2005), MMAC exhibition, Japan (2004), Prague Biennial in Czech Republic (2003) amongst many others.