Mao Lizi – 毛栗子

Biography

(b. 1950, China)
Lives and works in Beijing

Renowned Chinese painter Mao Lizi was born in 1950 in the Shanxi province of China. Partially a self-taught painter, he worked as a set designer for the Chinese Air Force, then later attended an oil painting specialization course at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts graduating in 1987. In 1990, Mao received a grant from the French government and became a visiting professor of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Prior to his move to Europe and his studies at CAFA, Mao was a founding member of the short-lived avant-garde Stars Group. Active between the years 1979 and 1983, artists of the Stars Group significantly influenced and shaped the Chinese contemporary art scene with their forward-thinking vision.

Mao came to be known for his hyper-realistic paintings which often portrayed insignificant objects, such as door handles or places that would be metaphorically enlarged. In 2005, after spending several years in search of a deeper meaning to life, Mao began to work in abstraction, experimenting with techniques that combined aspects of realism and surrealism. Ever since, Mao has pushed the boundaries of abstraction further, maintaining simplicity as his key characteristic. Using white backgrounds to grant breathing space, Mao combines Zen stillness and traditional Chinese calligraphic movement in his abstract paintings, pushing the works into a spiritual realm.

Mao’s paintings have been exhibited extensively around China and in Hong Kong, as well as the United States, Portugal, France, and elsewhere.

 

Artworks

Abstraction
1980
Oil on canvas
195x130cm

 

Mao Lizi, 2017, Untitled, 114x195 cm, oil on canvas at Parkview Art Hong Kong

Untitled
2017
Oil on canvas
114×195 cm

 

Mao Lizi, Ambiguous Flower, 2016, oil on canvas, 97x162cm at Parkview Art Hong Kong

Ambiguous Flower
2015
Oil on canvas
97×162 cm

 

Mao Lizi, 2017, Ambiguous Flower, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm at Parkview Art Hong Kong, specialists in abstract artAmbiguous Flower
2017
Oil on canvas
100×100 cm

 

Mao Lizi, 2011, Broken Lotus, oil on canvas, 195x390 cm (triptych) at Parkview Art Hong Kong

Broken Lotus
2011
Oil on canvas
195×390 cm (triptych)

 

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