Zhang Fangbai Vienna award speech:
Admiring Zhang Fangbai's works is like traveling through a complex series of spiritual journeys: gloominess, depression, tension, anxiety, absurdity, cold humor, and a heroic spiritual world full of tragedy. Beginning with "Eagle No.1" in 1996, Zhang explored the theme of "Eagle" continuously. It has transformed into different painting series, like "Fantasy" ,"The King’s World", " Solidification" and "Unfallible Eagle" series, thus creating a huge narrative arrangement. For many years, Zhang stuck to his persisting soul, and with a melancholic temperament, he marked a new direction in Chinese contemporary art with eastern thoughts and orientation. Zhang Fangbai's works shone with idealistic colors that are difficult to hide, which not only generates his own ideas, beliefs and practices, but also provides us with a unique perspective for observing and thinking about contemporary art. His perseverance has given Zhang Fangbai's art the significance of spiritual archeological specimens. Vienna International Medal of Arts, Distinguished Artist Medal, Zhang Fangbai.