Magic of Natural Objects, New York-Based Painter Buwei Hu

Buwei Hu is a painter, printmaker. Born in China in 1996, he graduated from the China Academy of Art in 2019. Currently living in New York, he is studying at Pratt Institute in the United States, focusing on oil painting, drawing and printmaking.

Yellow Blue Cat, oil and acrylic on canvas, 61x45cm, 2020

What ideas are you exploring in your practice? What is your art about?

My work started with my fascination with reality. I was fascinated by the magic of natural objects. At the same time, I questioned the relationship between painting and reality. I used abstract ways to make figurative paintings, but painting seemed to be related to reality only at the beginning, after that, it becomes more and more independent, the individual with little connection to reality.

How do you keep consistency in creating projects? Where do you find your inspirations?

As a painter, not a conceptual artist, my inspiration comes from my daily life. Being interested in ordinary things keeps me in creating works.

Pandemic, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50.8×81.3cm, 2020

What does “community” mean to you? Has your local community inspired you as a creative?

I’m not sure what do you mean community, do you mean art community? I pay more attention to the individual in art creation.

Where is Kacy? oil on canvas, 162x90cm, 2020

What are you working on right now?

I paint a lot of cats recently.

Kacy, oil on canvas, 76x76cm, 2020

Is there any advice that you would like to share with others?

No matter what others say, no matter how the outside world judges, you must insist on doing what you like best and being yourself.

Chloe, oil on canvas, 76x76cm, 2020
Two Versions of Midnight, oil on canvas, 91.5x61cm, 2020
Cat4, oil and acrylic on canvas, 107.5×85.5cm, 2020
Juice, oil and acrylic on canvas, 61x45cm, 2020

text & photo courtesy of Buwei Hu

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