Lei Chen is not only an artist working with traditional Chinese media in traditional Chinese style, but also a “modern artist”. Although she was professionally trained at one of the top art academies in China and uses traditional Chinese materials such as rice paper, mineral pigment, and ink, she does not consider her work as typical traditional Chinese paintings.

The most significant factors of one’s art which differentiates him or her from other artists are the concept, his or her emotional and philosophical considerations. Lei Chen is trying to express herself in a way to combine the images of the ancient society and modern society to create new and thought-provoking images. The unknown, such as enigmas, miracles, and secrets of the universe, call her interests toward probing the unknown fields in her art.

In terms of skills and techniques, Lei Chen experiments with new methods based on Chinese traditional painting. She calls this new technique ‘peeling off’, which removes the mineral pigment and keeps the remaining colour on rice paper. It was inspired by medieval European murals. She uses both watercolour and collage in her art as well. In this respect, she believes being a “modern artist” means one should have his or her unique perspective of the physical and moral world; including one’s work and life.

Chen dedicates herself in reading, thinking, and discovering new ideas from her inner self and challenges her own creativity. She believes that inspiration and innovative artistic styles are generated through rational thinking and the constant experiments of different media.

Read Lei Cen’s CV below.

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Lei Chen CV

Born: 1978, Beijing, China

Educations

2004
Master of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Tsinghua University, China

2001
Bachelor of Fine Arts , Painting Department, Tsinghua University, China

Work experience & Part-Time Academic Job

2004 – present

School of Fine arts, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Associate Professor, master student’s supervisor

Member of China Artists Association

Membership of Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Fine Arts Painting

The Visiting scholar of Virginia Commonwealth University (Financially supported by the Chinese government)

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Enigma: Chen Lei Solo Exhibition, Castello 925 Gallery, Venice, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019
The 12th Anniversary Exhibition: New Art Academy Elite, Beijing, China

Fine Brushwork Writing History in the Contemporary Era, Beijing, China

Not to Be Convinced: Exhibitions of Eight Contemporary Chinese Painting Artists, Beijing, China

2018
Meticulous Style Painting Nomination, Beijing, China

The 11th Anniversary Exhibition: New Art Academy Elite, Beijing, China

Art Beijing: The 70 Post Artist Nomination Exhibition in Contemporary China, Beijing, China

Chinese Ink Art Scene Tianjin2018, Tianjin, China

2017
Collection of Fine Brushwork Painting Invitational Exhibition, Hebei, China

Special Fusion: The Ten Person Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Meticulous Painters, Hebei, China

The 10th Anniversary Exhibition: New Art Academy Elite, Beijing, China

Illustra-Ting Life: International Illustration & contemporary Life, Beijing, China

Art Beijing, Beijing, China

Special Fusion: The Nine Person Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Meticulous Painters, Beijing, China

2016
The Duckweed in the Wild: Salute to the Classical (Second Times), Beijing, China

The Duckweed in the Wild: Five Meanings After the Classical (First Time), Shandong, China

2015
The Oriental Ink language: The Tour Exhibition of Young Ink Artists (Second Time), Zhejiang, China

The Oriental Ink language: The Tour Exhibition of Young Ink Artists (First Time), Suzhou, China

Yan Zhi Yi VII New Ink Language: Sino Korea Art Exchange Exhibition, Beijing, China

Spring Blossoms: The Flower and Bird Painting Invitation Exhibition in Contemporary China, Beijing, China

2014
Art Without Border Stars Shing for the Future, Beijing, China

The Twelfth National Art Exhibition & The Third National Mural Exhibition, Beijing, China

Gongbi & Chinese Ink Painting in Here & Now, Beijing, China

2011
Academic Meticulous Style Painting: the Second National Youth Fine Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China

2009
The Eleventh National Art Exhibition & The Second National Mural Exhibition, Beijing, China

2008
Chinese Rock Color Painting Invitation Exhibition, Beijing, China

2004
The Tenth National Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China

2002
From Lausanne to Beijing 2002 International Fiber Arts Invitation Biennale, Shanghai, China

Publications

2016
Future life Creative, China Juvenile and Children Books Publishing House

2013
Color Design and Application, China Textile & Apparel Press

2008
The Workshop of Oriental Rock Color Painting: Chen Lei, Beijing Publishing Group

Selected Publication

2017
The Fulcrum of Eternity and Change: Taking “mystery” series creation combined with the teaching of fashion graphics course as an example, Art & Design Research

2013
The silence and eruption of Luc Tuymans’ paintings, Art & Design Research

2011
The beauty of weaving, dyeing and embroidering in the traditional costumes of Dahua Miao Nationality in Weining District Qian Province, Decoration

2010
Research on the traditional folk embroidery technology of Jilu District, Decoration

2009
The law of rhythm and the teaching of composition in Chinese painting, Art & Design Research

陈蕾不仅仅是一位中国画家,更是一位“现代”艺术家。虽然她毕业于中国最好的艺术院校之一,并且使用宣纸、矿物色、墨这些中国画材进行创作,但是她并不认为自己的作品是典型的“中国画”。

一名艺术家区别于他人最重要的特征表现在艺术理念、情感和哲学思考等形而上的层面。陈蕾试图将中国古典形象与现代社会相结合,创造出新的发人深思的作品。她倾向于表现那些近乎哲学思辨的主题,接近未知领域,探寻人生、自然与宇宙谜题。

在技法方面,陈蕾基于中国传统绘画,进行了诸多实验与探索。其中一种被称为“脱落法”的方法,利用宣纸的材质和颜料的脱落,形成了独特的视觉效果,其灵感来源于欧洲中世纪的壁画。此外,她的作品中还广泛使用水彩和拼贴的技法。她认为,一名“成功”的现代艺术家无论在技法还是精神层面,都应该具有与众不同的艺术语言,并且在工作与生活中契合一致。

陈蕾喜爱阅读与思考,不断挑战与创新,探索自己的内心世界。她看重理性思维和反复实验所产生的艺术价值,并坚信灵感和艺术革新均真正来源于此。

陈蕾

1978年 生于北京
2001年 本科毕业于清华大学美术学院,绘画系
2004年 硕士毕业于清华大学美术学院,绘画系,导师刘巨德教授
中国美术家协会会员,北京工笔重彩画会会员
美国弗吉尼亚联邦大学访问学者(国家公派)
现任教于北京服装学院,副教授、硕士生导师
作品曾入选第十届、第十一届全国美术作品展;第二届、第三届全国壁画大展

个展:
2014年 谜 —— 陈蕾艺术个展,威尼斯925画廊,威尼斯,意大利

群展:
2019年
中国工笔画家八人展——五四特展,森林中国美术馆,北京
不服不行——当代中国画名师名家八人展艺术家特别推介,森林中国美术馆,北京

2018年
新粉本·当代中国工笔画2018年度提名展,中国政协文史馆,北京
学院新方阵十一年展,中国政协文史馆,北京
上谷雅集·艺术雄安——中国画名家邀请展,保定上谷美术馆,河北
艺术北京,全国农业展览馆,北京
中国水墨现场 天津2018,天津美术馆,天津
袁运甫先生和他的学生们——绘画雕塑作品展,清华大学美术馆,北京

2017年
非常融合——中国当代艺术家工笔画十人展,石家庄卧云山房,河北
京津冀工笔画邀请展,沧州美术馆,河北
学院新方阵十年展·新粉本,今日美术馆,北京
绘生活 当代国际插画艺术展,北京恭王府乐道堂,北京
艺术北京,全国农业展览馆,北京
非常融合——当代中国工笔画家九人展,北京亨嘉堂,北京
新经典-森林中国2017公益艺术典藏展,中国政协文史馆,北京

2016年
食野之萍——向古典致敬(第二回)·2016北京,天大云华美术馆,北京
食野之萍——古典之后的五种意度(第一回),烟台美术博物馆,山东
探索、探索、再探索——纪念庞薰琹先生诞辰110周年艺术展,泓文博雅艺术馆,北京

2015年
中国人民抗日战争暨世界反法西斯战争胜利70周年全国名家作品邀请展,北京
东方墨语——新锐水墨画家巡展(第二回),杭州艺术王府,杭州
点绛唇——艺术慢生活主题邀请展(第一回),国艺美术馆,南京
设色记——中国新工笔画会首届提名展,上上国际美术馆,北京
古法&新生——CYAP水墨评选公示展,炎黄艺术馆,北京
之间——与传统有关,当代艺术特展,Zoomart艺术馆,北京
东方墨语——新锐水墨画家巡展(第一回),古吴轩画廊,苏州
花开六尘——中国当代女艺术家邀请展(第四回),六尘艺术馆,南京
晏之艺VII水墨新语——中韩艺术交流展,中森会&墙艺术中心,北京
春来花开——中国当代花鸟画邀请展,新水墨意象馆,北京

2014年
艺术无界,星耀未来展,悦·美术馆,北京
神话——当代工笔三人展,享悦汇,北京
第三届中国壁画大展,中央美术学院美术馆,北京
东成西就·紫禁之巅中意联展,万科会所,北京
承·变:艺术新图景——第七届中国国际青年艺术周主题展,金陵美术馆,南京
即墨——一种当下的工笔与水墨景象,新水墨意象馆,北京

2011年
学院工笔——第二届全国青年工笔画展,国家画院美术馆,北京
庞薰琹先生诞辰105周年师生艺术作品展,常熟美术馆,常熟

2009年 第十一届全国美术作品展,中央美术学院美术馆,北京
第二届中国壁画大展,中央美术学院美术馆,北京

2008年 中国岩彩绘画邀请展,中华世纪坛,北京
2007年 中韩当代艺术邀请展,北航艺术馆,北京
2004年 第十届全国美术作品展,上海美术馆,上海
2002年 从洛桑到北京——2002国际纤维艺术双年展,清华大学美术学院,北京