PARKVIEW ART Hong Kong is proud to present máo lì zǐ – Solo Exhibition. The exhibition will feature Chinese artist Mao Lizi’s series of abstract works from 1980 – 2017.
Out of all the Chinese abstract painters, artist Mao Lizi can be said as one of the first that truly embodied what it means to create abstract paintings as a Chinese artist. However, he was not always an abstract painter. As one of the founding members of the Stars Group that emerged right after the end of the Cultural Revolution, he and his peers were set to change the perspective of the Chinese people. As a country that was still living in the traumatic experiences that were caused by the political pressures of that time, the artists of Stars Group championed individuality and freedom of speech.
Mao Lizi’s style has changed dramatically over the years, from his previous hyper-realistic paintings to the now abstract splashes of color. Mao Lizi’s career seems to have gone from one extreme to the other. However, one thing that did not change was his constant urge to break his own boundaries, he was able to abandon old paths in order to face new challenges. And for that, Mao Lizi is a Chinese master of abstraction.