Cai Zhi Song

Custom To Motherland No.2
Bronze, 28 x 52 x 75 cm

USD 12,700 – 18,200


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About the artwork

Custom to Motherland No.2 is an under life-sized figure of an ancient warrior kneeling down in a pose of supplication, his forehead touching the ground such that his face cannot be seen. Cai Zhisong's masterly use of the material emphasizes the fragility of the figure, as in the way the lead sheets are creased to follow the movement of the figure or the careful arrangement of the lead wires to form his ornate hairstyle. Cai's works evoke an ongoing concern with time, coupled with an awareness of the change that accompanies it. With time, attitude changes, tradition fades, lessons of history are being forgotten, and what generation learned at the price of million lives devoted to a country, erased. If the artist underlines this fear, he also points out the immortality of human emotion and the eternal existence of soldiers devotion.

About the artist

Cai Zhi Song was born in 1972 in Shenyang Liaoning Province, China and graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1997. He then taught at the university from 1998-2008. A sculpture artist whose powerful work has gained him international recognition, Cai Zhi Song was the first Chinese artist to win the prestigious Taylor prize at the Paris Autumn Salon in Eiffel-Branly - a highly coveted award that is given to only one distinguished artist every year. Created with great technical skill and originality, Cai Zhisong's impressive sculptures have been exhibited the world over and are part of numerous prestigious private and public collections.

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