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I would like to call him Mr. Happiness. In his artist statement Mr. Liu Kinwah points out that he is a happy man, and that he wants to create joyful art in order to make people happy. Looking at it from an aspect of art theory, Liu Kinwah is a representative of a new Chinese movement called 'Vulgar Art'. But 'Vulgar Art' or not, these paintings look cute and the warm colors, funny faces and auspicious symbols make you feel good.
First Publication: January 2012
Latest Update: May 2013
Liu Kinwah was born in 1962 in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province. He graduated from Luxun Fine Arts Academy in 1987. Now he is an associate professor, director of master degree students, a member of artists' association of Heilongjiang province.
Liu Kinwah has held solo exhibitions, and has participated in group exhibitions and art expositions in China, North America, Korea and Taiwan. With his fame rising gradually in these recent years, his paintings have become popular among collectors from China and abroad.
Liu Kinwah's work could be classified as 'Vulgar Art'. This art movement came after the so-called Political Pop movement. The artists of 'Vulgar Art' no longer use the symbols of politics and ideology. They rather draw some visual elements from the secular life of masses to express their attitude for reality. It is actually a kind of bitter irony masked behind silliness.
(For reasons of better understanding I have abbreviated and partly transformed the original statement. Dieter Wanczura)
"My paintings use elements of traditional Chinese auspiciousness, happiness and blessings. Painting is not an easy thing, and you must use your heart, brains and soul."
"I think a good artist should give people some true enjoyment, no matter if it is happiness, sadness, bitterness or shock. You should pull your audience into your personal small world, and use your heart to communicate with them. In any case, it is really fascinating."
"I am a happy man. Therefore also my art works have this inner sense of happiness. The atmosphere of my works is joyous, their colors are bright and their symbols are simple without losing their connotation."
"This is my pursuing. I am painting happily and paint joyful paintings. I hope people who see my paintings can feel the nice side of life. I hope more and more people will come into my art world to relax and be happy."
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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