Fu Lei creates lush, intentionally over-the-top oil paintings and graphite drawings in which morbidly obese human figures, animals, insects, plants, food, and objects come together in jumbled piles. Such mash-ups are meant to express the excesses and vices of contemporary society. “They are a great body of lust,” the artist has said. “I juxtapose plants, animals and human beings without hierarchy or distinction. They have a common value of existence.” His work is informed by his experiences growing up during the deprivations of the Cultural Revolution and living in an increasingly wealthy modern China. Fu looks equally to the West, however, and to the paintings of the Renaissance and Baroque periods for inspiration. “The inspirations of my creation come from the freedom of not fixing my mind on any culture, region, pattern or even species,” he says.