Czech embassy exhibits contemporary Wang Yishi art

By Zhou Jing
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In a famous quote, Confucius speaks of how his abilities developed through different phases of his life: "…since 60, I have been able to distinguish right and wrong in other people's words; since 70, I have been able to do what I intend freely without breaking the rules."

Czech Ambassador to China Libor Sečka (right) talking with Chinese-French artist Wang Yishi at the Czech embassy on June 13, 2011. [] 

In Czech Ambassador Libor Sečka's eyes, Master Wang Yishi, 72, fits this ripened personality Confucius described and reflects it in his artworks.

The Czech embassy held an exhibition of Wang's oil paintings Monday evening to promote contemporary art. More than 100 guests, including both Chinese and Czech artists, attended the event.

Born in Longgang, Dazu County of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in 1939, Wang is well-known in both China and European countries for his contemporary oil painting.

He graduated with a degree in oil painting from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1960 and in 1989 was invited to Paris as a visiting scholar at the Academy of Oriental Languages.

He has been studying and engaging in oil painting, printmaking and Chinese painting for more than 20 years and spends most of his time in France.

Wang adores classical Chinese opera and how Chinese actors show their talents with sophisticated gestures and costumes in a limited space. He is an expert in capturing the best "appearance," meaning finding the most beautiful structural form that most simply shows the relation of the characters and locking it on a two-dimensional plane.

Chinese art historian and critic Lin Mu said during his two decades in France, Wang sought to show the resemblance between the East and the West, the traditional and the contemporary, and literati painting and folk art. Wang also studied in-depth European oil painting in the capital of Western oil painting, the historian said.

The exhibition is part of the Czech Embassy's "Embassyart" program, which was initiated in 2010 to bridge Chinese and Czech cultures. Sponsored by Czech auto maker Skoda and Chinese telecommunication manufacturer Huawei, the program has brought together a number of painters, musicians, photographers and dancers from the two countries, and will run until 2013.

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