Thinking of History at My Space

Long Museum West Bund

The Art of Chen Yifei

Chen YiFei (1946-2005) was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. Chen graduated from Shanghai Fine Art School in 1965 and in the same year entered Shanghai Oil Painting&Sculpture Institute to work on oil paintings. In 1980, he went to study in the United States, and later started to work on oil paintings in New York. He returned to China in 1992 and set up his own "YIFei Studio," thus entering the nascent cultural industry in China with his concept of "Big Vision, Great Art Chen”, He had a great influence on the areas of oil painting, filming, fashion and environmental design, and was well-known as a Chinese artist both at home and abroad. died of illness in 2005 in Shanghai
China’s Cultural Revolution ended in 1976. After that, a series of literature and art works, known for a “scar” theme, produced both introspection and accusation towards this period of chaos within the Cultural Revolution. This oil painting by Chen Yifei was created in 1978.

This painting was a self-portrait. The painter places himself at the forefront of the picture, while in the background, the suffering of the modern history of China since 1912 is depicted with startling clarity and depth.

These historical images are placed layer upon layer, like faded photographs arranged in a classical film montage.

The Flutist 
This oil painting by Chen Yifei was recommended by Joan Cohen, a member of the American Cultural Delegation, which visited China in 1979. Her articles on Chen Yifei and his work was responsible for launching his worldwide fame. 
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