LU YANPENG was born in 1984 in Fujian Province. He graduated from the Art Institute of Fujian University in 2005 and since then he has participated in numerous exhibitions both in China and internationally. Lu Yanpeng received the top award at the 2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival for Best Photographer for his work ďOpen AirĒ, being the youngest artist to ever receive this award. He presently lives and works in Beijing.From www.galerie208.fr
Lu Yanpeng observes the world initially through a contemporary photographic lens. He then over-paints his photos of classic Chinese beauty spots, celebrated in countless scroll paintings through the ages, using the traditional pen-and-ink technique of his artist forebears to create mysterious, sometimes bizarre and often humorous images that challenge our vision of the world. Lu Yanpengís monochromatic work creates a bridge between the art-forms of painting and photography. It offers a parallel with the way in which we live our lives, combines the real with the imaginary, and echoes the distortion of our own perception. There is an almost X-ray quality to his paintings allowing us to see through the misty images so typical of Chinese scenic art, and inviting us to penetrate the surface in order to discover our own personal interpretation of reality.