Statement by Zhong Biao
I like to paint people in black and white because people are
temporary - they will eventually leave the world and become
the past. However, some buildings live longer than people;
they continue to exist in the world. This is why I paint people
in black and white and the background in colour. The contrast
with colour is to highlight this dichotomy.
Sometimes, unfortunate things suddenly appear - they become the
past, and then the future pushes forward. When today arrives, today
becomes the past. It's a continuous process - a cycle. And everyone
in the world is constituted from pieces of time. Therefore, in my
paintings I can freely co-ordinate the past, present and future.
I don’t want to force my own understanding or interpretation of
my paintings on the audience. The mixture of images within each
of my paintings is like a combination of controversial elements in
life. We don’t have to understand everything we see in each painting.
Like life, we cannot understand everything that we have seen or
experienced. In my paintings, Eastern and Western, historical and
modern opposites coexist, reflecting the reality of today’s lifestyle.
I have only one dream: That the people I have painted will, many
years from now, visit the people of the future on my behalf, taking
along with them this chaotic world.
- Zhong Biao