Sometimes a bold splash of color is all I need to (visually) wake myself up and climb out of a design rut. I’ve always loved artists who specialize in paintings that look like paint has been , or even onto a canvas. Those amazing bits of texture and movement convey so much emotion and energy — it’s hard not to be moved by viewing them. So today I wanted to highlight an amazing artist working in this style: Mao Lizi of Shanghai.
Mao was born in 1950 and has worked and shown his paintings across the globe. He was a founding member of the Chinese avant-garde art scene and continues to inspire people with his bold paintings and vivid style. Read on to learn more about Mao and his work — and where to view more online. xo, grace
Artist: Mao Lizi
About: Mao was born in Shanghai, China in 1950. Though he was initially a self-taught painter, Mao received a Master of Arts degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and now lives and works between Paris and Beijing. Working across multiple disciplines, Mao is known for his paintings, design work and architecture. He is also known as a pioneer of the Chinese avant-garde movement.
Work: Mao’s powerful paintings focus on the vastness of space and convey intense movement and emotion in both brush strokes and color choices.
More: You can read more about Mao’s work , and .
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