Saturday, 22 November 2008

Wei Dong

Wei Dong, who was born in Inner Mongolia, China, moved to the United States in 1991. A personal obsession with the female body is one of many of the complex interests of the artist.

Growing up in China under the watchful eye of Mao’s red guard, sexual fantasies and freedoms were forcibly repressed. Socialist realism was the standard fair in the art academies of the time, and as a result, any hint of sexual or erotic expression was taboo. Upon entering the United States in 1991, Wei Dong’s preoccupation with the root of erotic desires as a young adult were given free reign over his canvases, resulting in grandiose explorations of the flesh.(Chelsea Art Galleries)

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