Having trained in traditional Chinese ink brush painting, Chen has long had an affinity with the literati. With his strong interest in French new realism, his works are characte- rised by keen observation and precise documentation. His paintings appear extremely authentic and neutral, yet with a critical stance that belies the artist’s cultural and political views. “Taliban” comprises ten portraits of young Taliban soldiers, in which Chen’s mature style is clearly demonstrated: extreme visual understatement of artistic form as well as simplicity of technique to express a critical and alert perception of our world. Chen has certainly found his place among the great Chinese literati painters.

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