Kexin Di

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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"

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