Guests of the Opening Ceremony
The 2nd Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale was opened on December 10th at Dafen Art Museum in Longgang District, Shenzhen City. This Biennale was hosted by China Artists Association, Publicity Department of Shenzhen Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles, CPC Longgang District Committee and Longgang District People’s Government. It was the first international oil painting biennale organized by a local government on China’s mainland and the only one that was co-hosted by China Artists Association and a local government, in addition to the Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB). Participants of the opening ceremony were Zhao Shaohua, former Vice Minister of Culture, Tao Qin, Deputy Secretary of Leading Party Members Groups and the First-class Inspector of China Artists Association, Li Ruiqi, Vice President of Guangdong Federation of Literary and Art Circles and Secretary of Leading Party Members Groups and President of Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Wang Yong, Vice President and Secretary General of Guangdong Artists Association, Liu Guangmin, Director of Culture and History Council of the Shenzhen Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and Liang Yu, council member of China Artists Association, Vice President of Guangdong Artists Association and member of Leading Party Members Groups and inspector of Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles. Others included Wu Shukun, Secretary of Leading Party Members Groups and Director of the Standing Committee of Longgang District People’s Congress, Wang Yongzhang, Vice President of Chinese Culture Promotion Society and Executive President of its Cultural Industry Consortium, and Dong Xiaoming, Vice President of China Painting Institute. The Biennale was also joined by relevant leaders of CPC Shenzhen Committee, Shenzhen Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism and Sports Bureau, Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Shenzhen Artists Assoication, CPC Longgang District Committee, Longgang District Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism and Sports Bureau, Longgang Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Cultural Development Center of Dafen Oil Painting Village of Longgang District and Dafen Art Museum. Tang Jiajun with Longgang Radio and Television Center presided over the opening ceremony.
Tao Qin, Deputy Secretary of Leading Party Members Groups and the First-class Inspector of China Artists Association, was delivering a speech.
Tao Qin pointed out in her speech that despite the raging global pandemic, the 2nd Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale was still held as scheduled, which was encouraging. This should be attributed to the achievements we made in battling Covid-19 under the strong leadership of CPC Central Committee and the efficiency of the Organizing Committee, hosts and organizers of this Biennale.
Home and Co-existence, the theme of this Biennale, were key words distilled from our long-term interests in and reflections upon international landscape, environmental protection, resource crisis and other global issues. It was highly relevant, grasping global trend and responding to the idea of a community with a shared future for mankind put forward by President Xi Jinping. The Covid-19 Pandemic that caught us all by surprise in 2020 made this theme even more important and inspired artists from all over the world, which explained the large number of artworks submitted by artists at home and abroad.
Liang Yu, council member of China Artists Association, Vice President of Guangdong Artists Association and member of Leading Party Members Groups and inspector of Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles, was delivering a speech.
Liang Yu emphasized that culture was the soul of a city and a symbol recognized by the world. After four decades of development, Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) created miracles in industrialization, urbanization and modernization, while carrying forward and advancing urban culture. With great vitality, Shenzhen witnessed the development of art industries, the building of art galleries and an increasing number of artists and their fruitful results.
Wu Shukun, Secretary of Leading Party Members Groups and Director of the Standing Committee of Longgang District People’s Congress, was delivering a speech.
Wu Shukun said in his speech that this year marked the 40th anniversary of Shenzhen SEZ, and that this Biennale and the 9th National (Dafen) Youth and Middle-aged Oil Painting Exhibition opened not long ago were cultural gifts given by Longgang District to celebrate this anniversary.
Yu Danya, a representative artist from Singapore, was delivering a speech.
Yu Danya said in her speech that works exhibited in this Biennale were submitted by artists from all over the world and selected by a professional judge team. They were of high academic and aesthetic value. Every work had a unique perspective in culture, tradition, idea or vision, which might be a new experience for artists. This Biennale was designed for artwork appreciation; more importantly, it was a platform for the exchange of creative ideas. She believed that artists could build friendship through this event and embrace unlimited potential in art through exchanges, mutual learning and common development.
Launching Ceremony of the Biennale
After the speech section, guests and leaders, including Zhao Shaohua, Tao Qin, Li Ruiqi, Liu Guangmin, Wu Shukun, Wang Yongzhang, Wang Yong, Liang Yu and Dong Xiaoming, came up on the stage and touched the screen to announce the opening of the 2nd Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale.
Zhao Shaohua, Vice President of China National Arts Fund and former Vice Minister of Culture, and other guests were appreciating artworks.
Visitors were scanning QR Code to enter the museum while following anti-epidemic measures.
Interaction Wall at the Opening Ceremony
It is reported that as of the deadline, altogether 4,475 artworks were submitted from 66 countries and regions. After two rounds of assessment, 268 works from 61 countries were exhibited in this Biennale, including 191 from China and 77 from the rest of the world. This exhibition will last until March 7th, 2021.
AN Jinlin(China) /《China Speed》/ 2020
关志豪(China) /《Urban Landscape》/ 2019
LI Dongbo(China) /《The Angels' Appearance》/ 2019
LI Jianpeng(China) /《Ensemble -- 21》/ 2019
Zhong Qinyangzi(China) /《On the Pool after Rain》/ 2020
BAI Bing(China) /《Bear, Kid》/ 2019
CAI Xiaobin(China) /《The 13th Day of the First Lunar Month in Qin'an County》/ 2018
LI Yin(China) /《Harmony》/ 2020
LIN Yingjie(China) /《 Sho Dun Festival Series -- Yak Racing (3)》/ 2019
LIU Junyan(China) /《Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix --II》/ 2019
LUO Changqing(China) /《Leiothrix》/ 2020
WANG Fang(China) /《Latte Night Market》/ 2020
WANG Guanyu(China) /《The Storirs of Huizhou Diary--2》/ 2019
WANG Rong(China) /《Eagles over the Plateau》/ 2019
WANG Xin(China) /《Ideal World》/ 2019
YE Wenhui(China) /《Co-construction · Bay Area》/ 2019
ZHANG Heng(China) /《Mongolia Storm-- II》/ 2019
ZHENG Meimei(China) /《Stories --3》/ 2020
ZHU Zhen(China) /《A Dream in the Garden》/ 2019
Sofia Roncayoli Lombardi(Argentina)/《The Lost Childhood》/ 2020
Joan Marie Kelly(Ireland) /《Complex Joy》/ 2020
Sanya Arif(Pakistan) /《Give Something Which Keeps on Giving》/ 2020
Sandra Lima e Silva(Brazil) /《JARACATIÁ》/ 2017
Vasil Sumarau(Belarus) /《My House》/ 2018
Shefali Ranthe(Denmark) /《Times of Need》/ 2019
Rémy Aron(France) /《Fenêtre sur la Ville 》/ 2015
Natalie Miel(France) /《Lanternes》/ 2019
Teody Boylie R. Perez(Philippines) /《Resilience》/ 2019
Mbelo Mantinga Herve(The Democratic Republic of the Congo) /《Remembering Your Existence》/ 2020
Naima Karim(Netherlands) /《Hope 1》/ 2019
Choi Yat Choy(Canada) /《Afternoon Tea》/ 2019
Vinka Gasparus(Croatia) /《Co-existence》/ 2019
Rima Assi(Lebanon) /《Time Travel》/ 2020
Batzorig Chimeddorj(Mongolia) /《The Blue Lake of Büst》/ 2016
Julio Gomez(Peru) /《Omens in the Room》/ 2019
Gavriel George(Cyprus) /《Mikrocosmos 1》/ 2019
Anna Vasileiou(Cyprus) /《Natural Women》/ 2020
Luiza Naslyan(Armenia) /《Cleaning the Earth》/ 2020
Adva Karni(Israel) /《Off the Grid》/ 2019
Afriani(Indonesia) /《Randai》/ 2019
Rebecca Vincenzi(United Kingdom) /《Lunchtime at the Café Kléber》/ 2017
Lê Thanh Bình(Vietnam) /《Rules》/ 2020
Nguyen Minh Tan(Vietnam) /《City of Memories》/ 2017