Chen Gaojie & Teodora Axente
陈高杰（Chen Gaojie）于2015年获得中国美术学院油画系学士学位，现工作、生活于杭州。他的绘画受到耶罗尼米斯·博斯（Hieronymus Bosch）、彼得·勃鲁盖尔（Bruegel Pieter）、弗朗西斯·培根（Francis Bacon）等艺术家的“怪诞画”的影响，兼容波斯以及卧莫尔王朝细密画，中国叙事册页以及藏地唐卡等研究。他所创作的形象看似是诡谲的、异化的，实则也是艺术家对于童年时期生活山海经、伊甸园式的想象与当下生活场景的变体重现。
Chen Gaojie received his bachelor's degree in oil painting from the China Academy of Art in 2015. He currently lives and works in Hangzhou. His art is influenced by the grotesque works of artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Francis Bacon. Additionally, he finds inspiration from Persian and Ottoman miniature art, as well as Chinese narrative handscrolls and Tibetan thangka paintings. The images he creates may appear eerie and alienated, but they actually represent the artist's imaginative reflection of childhood experiences, reminiscent of works like "The Classic of Mountains and Seas," "Garden of Eden," and the variations of present life scenes.
In his works, Chen Gaojie sets the stage through careful observation of life, literary works, visual imagery, and free imagination. The selection of specific elements or symbols, the use of particular shapes and colors, is determined by the artist's personal experiences and preferences, while also presenting the collective unconsciousness of historical and cultural heritage, the living environment, and even physical condition. The artist acknowledges all aspects of the world in a state of recognition, including their attitude towards religious beliefs and mysticism, which they view as a continuous and never-ending artistic creation—a necessary pursuit for human survival. Although the artist may not be convinced of the truth on a fundamental level, they consider religious beliefs and mysticism to be inextricably linked to their existence as a part of reality.
Teodora Axente is an emerging Romanian artist descending from the Cluj School of Art, working and living in Cluj Napoca city. Her practice of painting includes classical support of oil on canvas, while her subject and manner addresses existential contemporary issues and social inquires regarding nowadays humanity . During 2011 Teodora Axente was the recipient of the Essl Art Award resulting in a group exhibition at Essl Museum in Vienna, her work was also presented at Contemporary Istanbul 2013, Turkey, along with works by other emerging. Romanian artists. She has also been described as one of the most promising young artists in Romania.
In eerie paintings of human figures constricted by an array of devices and materials, Teodora Axente explores states of internal crisis. Marked by a distinctive figurative language, Axente depicts her subjects in a surreal setting creating a world of her own, having one foot in the tangible or the material world and the other foot in the spiritual or the elusive. A member of the Cluj School, Axente shares with this young group of Romanian painters her dark, sultry colour palette and preoccupation with the uncertainty of the individual in modern society.