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Niu Kai

1966
Henan, China

5 Works exhibited on Kooness

Current location

China

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Works by Niu Kai

Life

2020

130 x 150cm

3536,90 €

Summer Lights

2020

150 x 150cm

3536,90 €

Autumn

2021

150 x 150 x 10cm

2357,93 €

Inspiration

2021

350 x 350 x 10cm

3536,90 €

Bouquet

2021

150 x 150 x 10cm

3536,90 €

Niu Kai lived through a time when religion and any other form free expression was forbidden in China. He was born in the same year as the launch of the Cultural Revolution leaving a profound impact in all levels of society, still felt to this day. 

Despite all the past restrictions, however, religion never left the Chinese way of life. The three pillars of the Chinese culture are still, Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. On all these basic Chinese beliefs there is one central element; the admiration and cultivation of Mother Nature. The history of modern Chinese art is one ensemble of various ideologies that are mixed into a society that has never experienced free expression for the past 5000 years. This is still the case in China. Sadly, modern art often played as an instrument to propagate the ideology from the Regime.

Niu Kai began his career as an artist by focusing on the traditional form of ancient chinese art, known as Shan Shui - translating to mountains and rivers. This brought the young Niu Kai to search for areas in China where this theme could be found, often in the most remote and pristine areas. As Niu Kai matured, he noticed that something was happening with the mountains and rivers in China, as pollution gradually struck the countryside and made what was once a symbol of the Chinese stunning landscape transform into an environmental disaster as a consequence of the so called economic progress. For decades, the pollution in China was an issue that was hardly allowed to be mentioned, taking the courage of numerous artists to expose this natural man made catastrophe.

 

Eventually, Niu Kai felt compelled to look for new ways to express his passion for nature and also his sincere concern to this dire phenomenon that affected the lives of all his countryman. He eventually embraced the abstract forms and the oil on canvas as he reluctantly let go of the traditional water colours and Shan Shui that he studied from his very early age. In his words; "To let go my dear old companions; my brush and water colours was a painful decision for me, like to divorce with a loyal and beautiful wife after co existing happily for so many years."

Niu Kai now embraces the abstract form whilst maintaining his central theme, nature, displaying a variety of exquisite shapes and forms. These various forms showcase how one can appreciate the numerous representations of nature ingrained in the fabric of the 5000 year history of Chinese culture.

 

Exhibitions

1998 International Arts Festival, Beijing

2000  First prize CCTV, Modern Art

2001 Shanghai Contemporary

2003 Seoul, The Akiko Museum

  • Beijing Popular Exhibition
  • Berliner Liste, Berlin
  • Affordable Art Fair, London
  • Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • Song Zhuan –  Beijing

2013   International Fair Beijing

2014  Song Zhuang International

2015 -2022 Affordable Art Fair, London

1985 Graduated from Henan Art School

1991 Graduated from Beijing Fine Arts School