Chinese artist Kexin Di has three series of artworks. One portrays real people, such as fishermen; a second grouping draws from his personal life, including paintings of his artist wife; and the third, called Politeia, which he considers to be his most important series. In Politeia, Di paints an eternal utopia or paradise. “Here love, balance, faith, chaos, death, limbo and the void can share the same space,” he says. “I describe my logical world of Politeia as expressing people with cold, peaceful, solemn faces, faithful eyes and even breath, free from harm or pain…with a feeling stretching back to the ages, an immemorial moment. I am currently working on 10 or more pieces of this paradise subject matter.”
Di’s technique is inspired by Rembrandt’s use of light. “Also, I love the Renaissance masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Titian. They are my ‘soul’ teachers because, like them, I want to present figures’ souls and inner thoughts through their eyes to others, telling a story in the painting, presenting a world outlook at the same time as reflecting my feelings and state of mind in the painting.”
The Way of Hero, oil on canvas,42 x 34"
Mulan, oil on canvas, 39 x 31"