Lü Shengzhong is a Chinese artist who specializes in the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting. He grew up during the turbulent Cultural Revolution, did not follow the pack of Chinese contemporary artists who embraced the international vogue for installation art as his country began opening up to the West in the 1980s. "I walked away from the cultural confusion of the time and turned back to traditional folk art," he says.
From the first look, his red tissue-paper tableaux, with their centermost, adjust, mandala-like frames, look like antiquated calligraphic goes with falling streams of hand-drawn elements skimming over the musings of sages. In reality, those vertical lines of red checks are made up of the negative-space from Lu's greater outlines.