Na Wei was born in 1982 and graduated from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, with both a BFA and an MFA. He was born in a small city of Northern China named An Shan, an important city for the output of steel.
“Being Squeezed”- Solo Exhibition by Na Wei (17 May – 28 Jun 2014): As an ethnic minority, he chooses the form of carpets as a cultural symbol in his early Being Squeezed Series (2013 – 2016). These works seem, at a first glance, to be normal woven carpets. However, as one looks closely, one realizes that they are paintings: the extraordinary textures being achieved by Na Wei squeezing the paint from the tube directly onto his canvases. Such paintings of carpets are a meeting of art and craft. There are also his latest The Difference in Temperature Series, which are other fine examples of his ‘squeezed’ technique.
“Unity”- Solo Exhibition by Na Wei (9 Dec – 20 Jan 2018): In Na Wei’s Unity concept paintings, the artist attains a reconstruction of a visual dialogue by experimenting a collage of different media, technique, culture and style. “My intention is to create a visual experience of the East and the West and to make an impact between the two different languages,” says Na Wei.
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