Lan Cheng 蓝成 • China

Lan Cheng (蓝成), was born in a small village in southern China in 1979. The natural beauty of southern China landscape and the traditional rural village life shaped his childhood and influenced many of his later works. His first taste of modern city life came after he finished school in the village and entered the police academy to become a policeman, a dream job for much Chinese youth.

His assignments led him to patrol different parts of the city. The everyday chaotic scene of Chinese cities, the conflicts and interactions of humanity, fascinated this young artist. Out of boredom from the patrolling routines he began taking snapshots of his surroundings; unaware that in the West being a photojournalist was a respectable profession. Around 2012-2013 Lan took a bold step to abandon photography in order to pursue his painting career.

Lan’s approach as an artist is fresh and uninhibited; his work displays the complexity and weaknesses between nature and humanity. Lan’s works are compelling and engaging. At first glance, it is unmistakably influenced by the visual language of western abstraction style, and with closer examination, one can see the influence of traditional Chinese Philosophy deeply embedded in each piece.

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