Wen Wu 文倵

Wen Wu moved to Germany in 1990 and has held many international solo shows, alongside being featured in many of Europe's leading galleries and private collectors’ collections. Over this time, Wen Wu also graduated from a Master class at the Dusseldorf State Art Academy and became an active member in the Chinese contemporary art scene with his unprecedented painting technique; the images he created ultimately received extensive attention.


Having spent 20-years living and creating artwork in Germany, submerging himself in the country’s culture, history, language and environment, Wen Wu began to reflect on the history of painting and how to liberate the traditional compositions of the art form in a new and exciting way.


Wen Wu became fascinated with a food cutting machine he used daily in Germany, which propelled him to use a large cutting machine as the main tool in creating his master pieces. Wen Wu uses this machine to carve a thick layer of oil paint on canvas, in hopes to expose undefined lines that are normally hidden deep under the layers of colour he piles on canvas.


Wen Wu tries to simulate the creative processes of machine-made and man-made works of art. He creates work with a thick paint "cutter," in the process of his creation he works towards capturing the first distorted moment of a new picture when it is being sliced, where both time and the concept of destruction are questioned in one space. The thick layer of paint he slices into two, emphasizes a "destruction" and “creation”, “past” and “present” of an image. Wen Wu's work opens up a new painting dimension and visual rhetoric.