Hometown: Hong Kong
Lives and Works: Hong Kong
Born in Hong kong in 1980, Chow graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 and received a Studying Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in the Department of Fine Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He is an active member of Fotanian Art Village.
In his artistic practice, Chow Chun Fai attempts to become one with the object he is representing and to be in total synergy with the act of painting itself. His painting is very figurative: he reproduces the lines and forms that he sees before him. He even often reproduces what has already been reproduced: he paints scene taken from films and also photographs masterpieces of Western classical painting, updating them and adding his Chinese touch. His vision of history is a patchwork of fantasy, mixing myths and icons so as to desacralize them. It is of little import whether what he paints is real or not, true or false, but he must reproduce it perfectly, authentically, in keeping with its essence. The hesitant outline in some of his paintings is an accurate representation of the notion of an image that has been variously distributed and in some way used, interpreted and reinterpreted thousands of times.
Chow asserts that his work is typical of the territory in that it brings together Eastern and Western influences with very clear references to the city, the films it has made and its vital cultural elements. His paintings based on scenes from Hong Kong films are a synthesis of the two cultures, symbolised by the use of English and Mandarin subtitles in his work.
His works have been broadly exhibited and collected internationally.
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