Born in Dongying, China, based in France, Cheng Fan received his double Diploma in University of Paul Valéry and Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes. He is the recipient of the Young Artist CHD Prize in Montpellier in 2010. Cheng’s rich exhibition experience helps him build up high recognition and accumulate certain collectors from the world.
Cheng Fan devoted himself to a long-term research of mixed techniques, pursuing more diverse expression in painting language. He applies all kinds of materials to serve his creation: carbon, Chinese paper, acrylic, pencil, color ink, charcoal, and even coffee. The artist seems to group them randomly, while the matches are actually full of ingenuity, which speak out silently the artists’ thoughts towards life and philosophy.
Raised in oriental culture, whilst possessing solid educational background of occidental art history, Cheng Fan chooses blue as the matching point of these two individual cultures, and gradually finds out his identical art style. The Fan’s blue is delicate to a flawless point, naughty but still elegant, mixing perfectly with Chinese and western cultural elements.
The cultural contradiction has always been the main topic in Cheng’s work. However, instead of playing with cultural codes, he takes the game to a vacuum area of de-identification, where one can ignore traditions, and only focus on the sensation.
The natural force “elan” is the base to ensure a life entity keep cycling. Water never stays still, it exists because it is running constantly; the crane is flying in 3D dimension, then this moment is eternal, the life “elan” will contitue. Cheng painted parts of “elan”, detailed and clearly, exposing the eternal “elan” of life.
“Drawing figures, the beginning of civilization, and the possibility of being continuous, all of them are prioritized by visual comfort: comfort oneself, slow down, getting pure, and the elegance will come along.” Cheng Fan said so. In his works, one can easily find a quirky balance: blue and red; oriental female figure and occidental luxury logo; past and present; classic and modern; two-dimension and three-dimension, etc. those elements are contradictory yet harmony, patterned but funny at the same time. He blurs out the concepts of “ancient” and “present”; creates a new history based on an existing history. The artist uses light and fined strokes, identical blue to express an elegant irony, construct a serious pleasant.