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BIOGRAPHY

WANG KEPING

Wang Keping is a contemporary Chinese sculptor, born in Beijing in 1949. As such, he both belongs to the 80s generation, and is a founding member of “The Stars” group, the first avant-garde artist movement in China. He pays no attention to figurative detail, nor is entirely abstract, allowing each piece to release, in a striking manner, its own inner force.

I have known Wang Keping for some time now. Remaining true to himself, he hasn’t changed. Always taciturn, cautious, just a tad distant, one moment he seems enigmatic, the next a benevolent smile lights up his countenance; solid and stocky as his sculptures, he appears straight and reassuring. Like his compatriot Ai Weiwei, he was a dissident from the outset, setting up in Paris in 1984. But he has not forgotten the bases of Chinese philosophy that underlie his sometimes smooth-textured, sometimes scarred figures, heavy and stylised, refined and shuddering with vibrancy, spliced with an orifice in lieu of a mouth. His manual experience is put at the service of piece of wood which is already a sculpture in itself. As he gouges the wood, strange apparitions emerge in his sculpture: figures of mammary excrescences with a sort of cloche head, couples, maternal figures, hunched feminine silhouettes or unfinished torsos, imbued with a hint of primitivism. A powerful, embodied humanity lays the foundations of this sober, meditated œuvre.

– Gérard XURIGUERA 

IMAGES

HUA PING
2007
H46 X L50 X P35 cm
Bronze

HUA HAO YUE YUAN
2011
H72 X L58 X P10 cm
Bronze
photo © Maison Bleu Studio

TOU XIANG
2012
photo © Maison Bleu Studio

 

SILENCE
Œuvre original en bois 1978-9 (collection de l'artiste)
Édition de 8 en métal
Cette pièce est le 1/8
H66cm x L38cm x P37cm
La seule pièce fabriqué début années 2000
photo © Maison Bleu Studio

EXHIBITIONS

October 20, 2015 – October 23, 2015
Paris

Over the past two decades, artists from the Far-East have been the object of a selective attention. Either in solo shows or group exhibitions, they have frequently featured in both private and public spaces.

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