CHEN Che was born in 1972 in Hebei, China. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2005-2006), where he received an MFA, and at the College of Art, Hebei Normal University (1991-1995), where he received a BFA.
As science and technology play a more important role in the modern world, men and nature are being increasingly alienated from each other. CHEN Che believes that deep inside, many of us have a utopian dream of nature that is mysterious, beautiful, profound, and possibly full of fear. In his view, it is these emotions that urge us to fight for the natural life in the jungle of modern day life style.
CHEN Che’s paintings present a personal, mysterious and unknown world, utilizing a variety of techniques and media to create an idealized natural landscape rich with meaning and visual pleasure. CHEN Che’s light dappled and crackling paintings are the works of a consummate technician and passionate observer. His paintings are primarily striking for their aesthetically pleasing auras and quickly become immersive as CHEN Che walks the line between the objective and the abstract. His paintings invite us to rethink the world through a constant dialogue between realism and expressionism, presenting the natural world’s visual pleasures and emergent unknown threats. Exploring the surreal, CHEN Che’s paintings investigate upon the relationship between reality and imagination,
Exploring the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, memories and dreams, CHEN Che’s paintings comment on the relationship between reality and imagination, the contingent and the ideal.