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CHEN YIFEI (April 12, 1946 - April 10, 2005)
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  A famous Chinese classic painter, director and vision artist.
CHEN YIFEI is a central figure in the development of Chinese oil painting and is one of China's most renowned contemporary artists. Although he was denounced for 'capitalist behavior' Chen's obvious talent and mastery of oil painting techniques won him recognition by the authorities. Chen soon became one of the leading painters of the cultural revolution, he was famous for his big Mao portraits and depiction of grand heroic events of the modern Chinese nation. After the Cultural Revolution Chen became the forerunner of a new age in Chinese aesthetics, promoting a new sense of modernity and lifestyle in his paintings as well as in fashion, cinema and design. In his oil paintings Chen abandoned his uncritical glorification of the party to blend realistic technique and romanticism with Chinese subject matter, especially melancholic and lonely women in traditional dresses. His characteristic "Romantic Realism" paintings use dark and dense colors and convey a sense of richness and integrity. Chen studied in the United States for several years and then returned to Shanghai where he stayed and worked incessantly until the early death at the age of 59. His early death left intellectual circles in shock and highlighted his major role in the Chinese
contemporary art scene.

He was born in Ningbo in 1946 with the original family home based in Zhenhai, Zhejiang Province.
In 1965, he graduated from Shanghai Fine Arts Institute and began to engage in the creative oil painting work there in the same year.
In 1980, Chen Yifei went to Hunter College of the United States where he studied for the Master's Degree in fine arts, and received the recognition of the art circle in a short period of time. His works were successively exhibited at New York International Painting Exhibition, Mordent Art Center of New England, Smith Art Museum and Brooklyn Museum.
From 1981 till now, he studies in the United States. He has held solo art exhibitions at the Hammer Art Gallery for several consecutive years.
In June 1985, he held a solo exhibition at Cochrane Art Museum of Washington.
From 1989 to 1990, he held a solo exhibition at Seibu, Japan.
After returning to Shanghai in 1992, he continued the oil painting work. In addition, he founded the Layefe clothing brand as well as other companies engaging in visual art.
In 1993, Chen Yifei set foot in the movie field and completed the autobiographic art film Old Dream at Sea Personal Recollections on Chen Yifei.
In 1995, he completed a story film about Shanghai in 1930s A Date at Dusk which was shown at the Festival De Cannes and attracted many audiences.
From 1996 to 1997, Chen Yifei's Retrospective Exhibition was held at Shanghai Museum and Beijing China National Museum of Fine Arts respectively. In the same year, he held solo exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in London, and attended Biennale di Venezia.
In 1998, he held solo exhibition in France.
In 1999, he completed the art film Escape to Shanghai and documentary film Shanghai Ark.
In December 1999, Marlborough Gallery held the trans-century solo exhibition for him in New York.
On March 20, 2000, Chen Yifei's sculpture work Oriental Girl was shown at the Modern Scripture Retrospective Exhibition held by Ministry of Culture, France.
 
 
 
 
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