Chen wenling’s sculptures have a distinct style that embodies inherent strength, reflecting his vigorous life attitude as well as his profound survey of and unique experience in this contemporary environment. The inspiration for his Red Memory sculpture series comes from memories of childhood in his hometown in Fujian, along with extraction and refinement of the common human nature of that special time of youth. The artist has devoted all of his effort to sculpt each of these innocent and carefree, yet naughty, even mischievous red boys, in order that The Red Memory can become a sharp contrast to the tension, anxiety, fear, falsehood and fame hungry attitude of real-world poverty-stricken adults, thus arousing the audience’s recollection and nostalgia of the innocence of youth and the time of childhood.
Chen Wen-ling was born in Quanzhou, Fujian of China in 1969. He graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. He now works and lives in Beijing. His artworks have been collected by China Art Museum, National Gallery of Korea, Denver Art Museum and Arox Art Museum etc. In 2011, he was awarded the Most Popular Award in the International Sculpture Exhibition at Aarhus City of Denmark; in the same year, he won the Public Art Prize in the 7th of the Sculpture by the Sea at Perth, Australia.