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Sheng Qi (Chinese, b.1965)
LOT ID: 81870
Red Mao, 2006

Acrylic, on canvas.
23.62 х 19.68 in. (59.99 x 49.99 cm.)
Signed, by the artist.
Lot description
"Red Mao", (2006) is a powerful acrylic on canvas painting by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Sheng Qi, measuring 23.62 x 19.68 inches (60 x 50 cm), unframed and in excellent condition. This unabashed work is a portrait of a young Mao, painted in the artist's iconic palette of reds and white and in his typical loose and gestural style. This allows the colors and paints to bleed together, the drips read as calligraphy, graffiti, blood, and sweat, underscoring his unabashedly political message.

Sheng Qi, born in 1965, is a Chinese contemporary multi-media and performance artist. He is best known for social-political prevalent themed paintings and photographs. He led one of Chinese contemporary art's earliest performance art groups: Concept 21 and was a key member of China’s New art Movement in 1985. He uses the human body, whether in photographs or paintings, as a field of protest. Sheng emigrated from China to live in Europe and earned his master's degree from London's prestigious St. Martin's Academy of Art and Design. He is famous the world over, having participated in select exhibitions in Europe, Mexico and the United States, including the much-hyped (1998) "Inside-Out" exhibition in New York. Sheng Qi is represented top galleries in Europe and Asia.
Red Mao by Sheng Qi
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