Ren Zhen Yu

Audrey Hepburn, 2017
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm


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About the artwork

Ren Zhen Yu is renowned globally for his portrait series, which features various notable historical and political figures. This painting depicts Audrey Hepburn, one of the most beloved actresses of the 20th century. Ren uses a wide array of colours to depict the actress, mixing warm and cool tones to create a vibrant visual contrast. The cool-toned blue recedes into the background, advancing Audrey’s face towards the viewer and enhancing the definition of her features. The artist layers these different colours, creating a unique texture that heightens the experience for viewers, and highlighting his visual mastery in capturing the vivacious spirit of the icon he depicts.

About the artist

Born in Tianjin in 1976, Ren Zhenyu graduated in 1999 from the Oil Painting Department at Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, where he currently works as a lecturer. His talent was recognized and appreciated by renowned galleries and distinguished collectors throughout China, and he achieved fame in Europe through his distinct portrait series of historical and political icons, such as Andy Warhol and Chairman Mao. In his works, Ren plays with a wide spectrum of colours that are juxtaposed to create a unique expressionist interpretation of famous faces and experiments with texture and layering built on to reinforce the portrayal of faces from different perspectives. 

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