Having spent most of his career focusing on the human form and portraits — in his Mask series as well as his “wild strokes” series — the artist has more recently turned his focus to the plight of nature as he explores, in various mediums, mankind’s destructive influences. He presented his first sculptures last year in a show at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. The exhibition opening this week in Hong Kong, “Being,” will feature 36 works, including some of the sculptures shown at Rockbund as well as several pieces on the theme of animals and nature using his “wild strokes” technique.
Mr. Zeng has visited nature reserves in China to observe species on the verge of extinction, in particular the golden monkey, and he says he is concerned about the ecological degradation and poor animal conservation record in his native country. One of his works in the exhibition, “The Leopard,” was auctioned at Christie’s Hong Kong, and sold for over $4 million. Read the whole story in the IHT