Luo Jie(b. 1968)
Luo Jie, Prisoner – The Haze, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 59″ x 59″ (150x150cm)
The artist grew up in a small town in the Sichuan province, and when he moved to Shenzhen for college, he was struck by the consumer culture and feelings of stress and schizophrenia. These experiences influenced his Prisoner series, which depicts citydwellers as prisoners of society who cannot escape the loneliness that accompanies the hustle and bustle of city life. In Prisoner – The Haze, he depicts individuals living in the city as slowly being poisoned both in terms of pollution and in terms of poor moral values.His paintings show concern for the individual’s place in the city and the effects of urbanization on societal values. The artist is hostile to these changes in society; however, he believes trying to fix society is hopeless.
Luo Jie was born in the Sichuan Province and later graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. He has held solo exhibitions in China, other parts of Asia, the Netherlands, and St. Louis. In addition, he has participated in group exhibitions in many parts of Asia and Europe and has been invited to participate in Art Beijing on multiple occasions. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.