Fu Wenjun, born in 1955, Chinese contemporary artist, was graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He creates principally through the art media of photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept and practice of “Digital Pictorial Photography”.
His works embody his thinking and reflection on many issues related to the Eastern and Western history, culture and humanity, including the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalization, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialization and urbanization in Chinese cities.
He has presented solo exhibitions at the Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno (Barcelona), at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), at the Old Summer Palace Museum (Beijing), at the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at the United Nations Headquarters (New York), at the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) and at other international art organizations. His works are exhibited at significant international exhibitions, such as the Esposizione Triennale di Arti Visive a Roma, London Art Biennale, the Biennale Internazionale d’Arte del Mediterraneo, the Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, the 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, the XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, NordArt, the collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today.
He has gained numerous awards, including the first prize from International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, “The Best Artist in the World” at Tour Eiffel La Grande Exposition Universelle, International Award “Lorenzo il Magnifico” of X Florence Biennale.
His artworks are collected by Museu Europeu de Art Moderno, National Art Museum of China, Today Art Museum, the Old Summer Palace Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Kennedy Family, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, Dazu Grotto Museum, Chongqing Art Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Société Nationale des Beaux Arts of France, Egypt Ahmed Shawki Museum and other significant organizations and collectors.
Fu Wenjun and His Digital Pictorial Photography
Digital Pictorial Photography（数绘摄影）, a photography style created by Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun（傅文俊）, represents a photographic art expression working through digital post-processing and multiple exposure, with the integration of pictorial aesthetic features. Presented with the media of photography, it is comprehensively developed on the basis of the modern and contemporary art ideas, including Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism. Digital Pictorial Photography provides the artist a great freedom, helping him to get rid of the objective recording function of photography, which he believes is a limit for photography to develop as an art. So, he can boldly melt pictorial elements into photography, creating in a way something like Chinese traditional freehand brushwork, heartily and carrying through without stopping to express artist’s emotions, reflection and spirit. In Wenjun’s Digital Pictorial Photography works, you can find out his subjective thinking of various issues and his diverse, lasting art exploration on this innovative photography style, which provides the viewers a very different, often surprising visual experience.
Mr. Fu once talked about why he put forward Digital Pictorial Photography and what he would like to bring in his works:
“In China, predominated by the government system, for a long time photography has been guided as a tool to record the reality and to tell the stories. This mainstream idea has ignored photography’s huge creative potential which is born with. The space for Chinese contemporary art photography to grow up is squeezed. Now there are just a few professional artists who still insist on the road of exploring art photography, especially who aims at creatively developing it based on the continuation of Chinese culture and art.
I always focus my art creation with the media of photography and I feel confused about this situation. But I never chose to follow the mainstream. Digital Pictorial Photography is a new art photography I propose. Multi-spot perspective, shading created by ink and water, rhythmic vitality filled with human emotion and spirit are just some characteristics of Chinese traditional painting. Usually the photography based on the optics cannot produce these effects. And I apply them in my photography art creation, as a result the space relation and color relation are reconstructed, which afford more for thought the ideas conveyed in the images, not just the outstanding pictorial intensity and beauty.”