Kexin Di

Nombre: 
Kexin
Apellidos: 
Di
Presentacion: 

Personal Statement 
In 2017, I accomplished two important life goals.  The first was earning a BFA and MFA at the China Academy of Art after ten years of study.  Secondly, and of great personal significance, I studied and followed the Master Odd Nerdrum in Florence, Italy.  This portfolio contains some of my most important works of this time period between 2007 and 2017.  My 30s have now begun.  New artistic endeavors will continue to come out before I plan to rethink my figurative painting series.
I grew up in an unquiet family.  My parents are both oil painters at art universities.   They have quite different objectives and opinions on oil painting.  As a teenager, I began to ponder what kind of painting had the power to forever move people.  Which was my favorite?
I admire paintings where real life is translated into paint.  This is why the old masterpieces are so powerful and eternal.  
My own art works are divided into 3 series.  One series portrays realistic works where I reflect on real life scenes, such as fishermen.  Why is painting them my favorite?  Why do my eyes watch them for so long? Because I grew up in a fishing town. My homeland is bordered by the sea.  Seafood feed my town, and the fishermen are our heroes.  In my art, I present them as lively and real.  They struggle against the wind and against destiny to live their own way.  
Another series is represented by paintings from my own personal life.  I paint my beautiful wife who knows me so well and is an artist too.  Life needs to be carefully seen - see what it has, appreciate its beauty and keep those special moments that I want to preserve.  
The last series, which is also the most important series I paint, is called Politeia.  In my work, I paint an eternal Utopia or paradise.  Here love, balance, faith, chaos, death, limbo and the void can share the same space.  I describe my logical world of Politeia as expressing people with cold, peaceful, solemn faces, faithful eyes and even breath, free from harm or pain…with a feeling stretching back to the ages, an immemorial moment.  I am currently working on 10 or more pieces of this paradisal subject matter.  
Since we have entered the era of photography, this new visual communication had become dominant in all human interactions.  In this age what is the meaning of painting?  Are paintings dead compared to photographs?  There is confusion among painters on this point.  The golden age for painting is past, so what could be next?  This question is unavoidable for artists today.  Fortunately, there is still a small, but special group that insist on painting, especially on figurative painting.  They strive to preserve the truth of eternity, and try to break new ground while following the classical and realistic tradition.  Luckily, I am one of them.   
My paintings come out of familiar life: a wrecked fishing boat, a garment that has long been eroded by water and sweat, even a small string of key buckles.  These details are full of inspiration and are indispensable elements for my paintings.  
Perhaps because I am a Northern boy and less Southern romantic in my blood, my art is more bold and straightforward.  The North cold wind makes for boundless, majestic and heavy breathing.  These all influence my painting and my thoughts.   That is why my works tell their story.  In my paintings, people are solemn, respectful, and appear like heroes.  
In my oil painting technique, I am inspired by Rembrandt’s works to catch the color of light.  With the classical skill of cover to dye, painting can be powerful by layering oil colors decorously.  Meanwhile, I often use color directly, like modern painters, combining them together.  Also, I love the Renaissance masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Titian.  They are my “soul” teachers, because, like them, I want to present figures’ souls and inner thoughts through their eyes to others, telling a story in the painting, presenting a world outlook at the same time as reflecting my feelings and state of mind in the painting.  Painting can depict the essence of life: hope, happiness, and aspiration.  It can also show cruelty, impotence, pain, hopelessness and the confusion of social life.   Painting can reflect these feelings and give people love and the sense of beauty.  It is my most instinctive reaction as a painter to show these feelings throughout my paintings.  

 

Curriculum: 
Membership
Full-time fine artist in Wuhan Art Institute; Membership of China Artists Association; Membership of Fine Art Society of Zhejiang Province, China; Membership of ArtSpace; Specialist in Wuhan Artists Association. Ambassador of Mondial Art Academia. Member of the American Artists Professional League. Member of National Oil& Acrylic Painters Society. Member of world wide kitsch(Odd Nerdrum)
Education:
Year 2004 Graduated from the Attached Secondary School of Academy of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts
Year 2008 Graduated from the First Studio at the Oil Painting Department of China Academy of Art with BFA degree
Year 2011 Graduated from the First Studio at the Oil Painting Department of China Academy of Art with MFA degree
Year 2017 studied and followed Master Odd Nerdrum
Year 2011 till Now Work as a fine artist in Wuhan Art Institute
 
Accomplishments of Exhibition
Year 2006 the oil painting "the Sea in My Heart" was selected to the First China's Art College Teachers' and Students' Oil Painting Exhibition held by China Artists Association and won the First Prize.
Year 2007 the oil painting "Noon" was included in the collection of China's Ministry of Culture
Year 2008 the oil painting "Spring Tide" was selected to be on display in the "the National Exhibition of Art Works: Commemorate of the 30th Anniversary of China's Reform and Opening", held by China Artists Association, and won the Excellence Prize. It was exhibited in the Guangdong Museum of Arts.
Year 2008 the oil painting "the Edge of City" and other series of graduate works won the Golden Prize of "Luo Zhongli Art Scholarship", and was exhibited respectively in National Art Museum of China and Sichuan Art Museum
Year 2009 the oil painting "Burning Soil" won the Earl of Cromier Scholarship Awards (UK) and was exhibited in Sichuan Art Museum 
Year 2009 the oil painting "the Event of Lu Jia Valley" was included by the president of China Academy of Arts, Xu Jiang, and his group of research and creation of large historical painting 
Year 2010 Personally interviewed by the art magazine "Fortune & Art" as the Hot Topic Artist
Year 2010 won the graduate fellowship of China Academy of Arts 
Year 2010 Won the First Prize of Marie Art Scholarship
Year 2011 the oil painting "Seismoscope" was selected to the Culture in Jiangnan "My land and My People" National Fine Arts Exhibition, held by China Artists Association, and was exhibited in Zhejiang Art Museum
Year 2011 won Lin Fengmian Art Scholarship
Year 2011 Honored as the Excellent Graduate in Zhejiang Province
Year 2012 Art Interview in "New Vision" 39th issue
Year 2013 "Flouring Ages" art book series were published 
Year 2013 the oil painting "Paper-cutting Girl" was exhibited in "New Realistic Oil Painting" Exhibition of HIHEY Art Gallery.
Year 2013 the oil painting "Burning Soil" was on display in the joint exhibition in Enjoy Museum of Art in 798 Art Gallery District. 
Year 2013 the oil painting "The Seismoscope" was on display in "E-JingHua 2013" realistic painting joint exhibition in the Times Art Museum in Beijing
Year 2013 the oil painting "Past Days", "Passing Scenario", "Girl in the Museum", etc. were on display in the Art Expo in National Agriculture Exhibition Center
Year 2014 the oil painting "the Blue Charm" was on display in "E-JingHua" Exquisite Realistic Oil Painting Exhibition, in the Imperial Art Museum.
Year 2014 the oil painting "Dante's Roses" was published in the art book “The Young Blood-Chinese famous young artists"
Year 2014 the oil painting "Expectation" was selected to the 12th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, China, held by China Artists Association, and won the Golden Prize in Hubei Province Art Exhibition, and was exhibited in Zhejiang Art Museum.
Year 2015 the oil painting "On the Other Shore" was on display in "Art Tangshan" Realistic Oil Painting Invitational Exhibition
Year 2015 the oil painting "Love for Life" was exhibited in the "E-JingHua" 2015 Realistic Oil Painting Joint Exhibition in Times Art Museum in Beijing
Year 2015 the oil painting "Expectation" was selected to the Footprints of Times: Art Exhibition in Nanjing China 2015 held by China Artists Association
Year 2015 the oil painting "Return from Fishing" won the Excellence Prize in the Wu Guanzhong Museum of Arts, Nationwide Art Exhibition 2015 held by China Artists Association
Year 2015 the oil painting "Fishing Break" won the Excellence Prize in the "Silk Road, Fantastic Gansu": 9th Western China Nationwide Art Exhibition on the Love of Earth held by China Artists Association
February, 2016 the oil painting "Dimmed Night" was invited to the be on display in the Art Salon Invitational Exhibition 2016 held by Rongbaozhai Wuhan, alongside with famous artists Leng Jun and Guo Runwen, in Wuhan Art Gallery
2016 the oil painting "Seasons when awaiting you" was on display in the Youth Art Exhibition in Bridge Gallery in 798 Art Gallery District.
Year 2017 the oil painting "Leisurely Days" won the Excellence Prize of China (Nanchang) Military Art Exhibition held by China Artists Association
Year 2017 the oil painting "Under the Sun" won the Excellence Prize of China National Art Exhibition of the 10th west side art held by China Artists Association
February, 2017 five oil paintings of "YE YU Series" were on display in the ArtSpace Oil Painting Invitational Exhibition 2017, held by Rongbaozhai Wuhan, alongside with famous artists Leng Jun and Guo Runwen, in Wuhan Art Gallery
July, 2017 the oil painting "Golden Branches and Jade Leaves", "When Joy's Coming", "Tian Ye", were invited to be on display in the Focus on China: Youth Contemporary Artists Exhibition. They were exhibited in the Palazzo Velli Expo Gallery in Roma (piazza di Sant'Egidio 10), alongside with works of famous Italian artist Carla Nico, and Andrea Fogli, the professor of the sculpture department in Accademia Belle Arti ROMA, and Turkish artist Lsik ozcelik.
2017 oil painting < the story about artists> was published on American International Artists magazine issued 114.
2017 oil painting <sister wearing the Chinese blue and white> won the award of “Best in show“ in the 39th annual international figurative art competition in Salmagundi Club in 5thAve. New york city. Which prize of Best in show was taken is the first Asian person won till now.
2017 oil painting <the story about artists> won the selected awards of the 9th International Figurative Art competition in Barcelona, held by MEAM museum and ARC Gallery. This big competition judged by master Antonio Lopez, Nicola, etc. The selected works exhibit in MEAM museum in Barcelona and ARC in America till 2018.
August, 2017 Three oil paintings of "YE YU Series" was invited to be on display in "THE RULES-Two Orders: China Contemporary Youth Artists Nomination Exhibition" in Beijing SK Tower.
2017 oil paintings <YE YU series> was invited to be on display in “Sparking Space: Chinese and Japanese modern artists invited art exhibition”, in Shi Chuan Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo.
2017 oil painting <The Dream Seeker> won the First Place of figurative oil human in AMERICAN ART AWARDS. <The story about artists> won the 4th Place of figurative oil human in AMERICAN ART AWARDS.
2017 oil painting<the story about artists> won the Ridgewood Art Institute Award held by The American Artists Professional League of 89th Grand National Exhibition.
2017 studied in Master Odd Nerdrum oil painting workshop and had self-portraits exhibition in Florence together with Master Odd Nerdrum.
2017 oil paintings<the Garden of Eden> series exhibited in Beijing world art center gallery.
2017 join the exhibition of Artspace professional artists annual exhibition in Wuhan Art Gallery.
2017 oil painting <Hope> won the Narrative Excellence Award held by the American National Oil& Acrylic Painters’Society of 2017 Online International Exhibition.
2018 oil painting <Self-portrait> was selected award in Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual competition and exhibited in London at Mall Galleries.
2018 oil painting <The Blue> was selected award in international ModPortrait 2017 competition and exhibited in Museum IAACC Pablo Serrano and MEAM in Spain.
 
Solo Exhibitions
April-May2018, small oil works series“Real & Dream”-Kexin Di Solo Exhibition in Tokyo, Kiyomizu Art. Japan
5th Sep.-2th Oct. 2018, big size oil works series“Politeia”-Kexin Di Solo Exhibition in Paris, Gallery 1618. France
15th Oct.-30th Oct. 2018, oil works series“Harvest”-Kexin Di Solo Exhibition in HongKong, Cawah Arts Gallery.