Friday, June 28, 2013–Thursday, July 18, 2013
In this series, Zhao Limin transformed his child subjects into various Chinese historical characters and legendary heros and heroines from famous Chinese novels such as 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms 三国演义' and 'Secret of the Red Chambers 红楼梦'. A huge fan of Chinese literature since young, Zhao Limin once again shares with us his unique artistic perspective and experiences through his whimsical realism style.
Zhao Limin was bom in Liaoning province in 1970 and he has captured the amusement of institutional life in the most charming manner. The message is succinct without being banal, and the style is as charming as the subject matter dictates. Zhao uses the technique of realism usually associated with social cause and egalitarianism. It is a style most relatable to the common man, mindful of his dignity whatever his station in life.
For Zhao Limin, the laugh is as much on himself as on others. He was born into a family serving in the military. Therefore he was trained in the system, knows its machinery and sees the human dimension beneath the rules. His yearning to seek solace in a carefree, non-obligatory life is visible in the strong sense of freedom and innocence of his child subjects.
Zhao Limin’s works are collected by various Art institutions and is regarded as one of the few rising stars of the Chinese Contemporary Art market in recent years.