Spanish painter displays wax works in Beijing
Updated: 2016-03-17 08:41
By Deng Zhangyu(China Daily)
The RMB series offers Chinese audiences an unusual way to see "the beauty of the money itself", the artist says.[Photo provided to China Daily]
Wang Huangsheng, curator of the show and director of the CAFA's Art Museum, says it's difficult to make wax paintings, an art form that probably originated in Greece 2,000 years ago.
Some Chinese artists tried this kind of painting in the 1990s but eventually gave up.
"When he showed me his works at his London studio, I was attracted to them by the energy. I then decided to hold a show for him in China," Wang says.
Wang had also suggested that Cano's musical side be displayed at the show. But Cano, who was a full-time musician until he became a painter, said he would stick with paintings.
In the 1980s, the artist gained fame as a member of Spanish pop band Mecano. He also wrote songs for famous singers like Placido Domingo.
More than a decade ago, he stepped into the world of painting, which he says has much similarities with his past career. He draws on music for his expressionism, such as the bullfighters' series.
Manuel Valencia, Spain's ambassador in Beijing, says: "We often listened to his music. Painting is just another language for him to express himself. His art is as energetic as his music."
If you go
9:30 am-5:30 pm, through March 23. Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, 8 Huajiadi South Street, Chaoyang district, Beijing. 010-6477-1575.