The Hungry Pandas' creator

"I create paintings with visual narratives about relationships between humans and our environment, historical moments and contemporary events. I visually express the effects of catastrophic events on the human body in a beautiful and poetic way."

Chenlin Cai
It's a pleasure for us to be working with such an amazing artist! Born in 1984, Chenlin has shown great potential and skill in painting. Driven by his great passion for creating a new visual experience for the viewers, he went to the Academic of arts and design, Tsinghua university in 2003 to further exploit the art world. After graduation, his works have been on exhibition at few of the most highly ranked art museums in China, including Tsinghua University art museum and China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum.
Title: "Survival or Destruction?" This is a problem! "Material: transparent film, oil painting, mixed media, size: 240 × 180 cm, age: 2017
Title: "Forbidden City" Material: Transparent Film, Oil Painting, Mixed Media, Size: 270 × 180cm, Age: 2017
Title: "Mushroom Cloud" Material: Transparent Multilayer Acrylic Sheet, Oil Painting, Mixed Media, Size: 30 × 80 × 21cm, Age: 2017
Material: digital inkjet printing, size: 230 × 90 cm, age: 2017
Title: Lost Paradise Material: Transparent Acrylic Plate, Oil Painting, Mixed Media, Size: 150 × 52cm, Age: 2017
Details of the work
Self Portrait Series 1
LED Light Board Effect
Material: transparent acrylic board, oil painting, mixed media, LED light board, size: 40 × 60 cm, age: 2016
Self Portrait Series 2
LED Light Board Effect
Material: transparent acrylic board, oil painting, mixed media, LED light board, size: 40 × 60 cm, age: 2016
Material: water-based painting material, mixed media, glassware, size: variable size, date: 2010-2013
Details of the work
Material: Transparent Acrylic Sheet, Oil Painting, Mixed Media, Size: 30 × 21cm (single piece), Year: 2015-2016
Details of the work
Exhibition effect
Artist Statement
Chenlin Cai

I create paintings with visual narratives about relationships between humans and our environment, historical moments and contemporary events. I visually express the effects of catastrophic events on the human body in a beautiful and poetic way.

My unorthodox use of oil paint on nontraditional surfaces allows me to create artificial cellular structures that divide the images into a mosaic texture. The transparency of materials brings a light source to the urban landscape; hence a new form of observation is created. This form exposes the biology of the images as a social metaphor.

I try to bring a different visual experience for viewers to ponder the questions about the consequences of human behavior in a wider time-space continuum.

Part of the fresco works selected
Henan Xuchang City Museum murals project
Dalian Golden Beach villa project
Q & A
What is your creative process like?
My style and approach is very different from my colleagues. I create paintings with visual narratives about relationships between humans and our environment, historical moments and contemporary events. I visually express the effects of catastrophic events on the human body in a beautiful and poetic way.
How has your style changed over the years?
My style hasn’t really changed too much. I started out by doing landscape drawings and animation drawings. I use traditional tools such as a brush as it gives the painting more movement. I really enjoy and appreciate art which is reflected in the final outcome.
What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?
My unorthodox use of oil paint on nontraditional surfaces allows me to create artificial cellular structures that divide the images into a mosaic texture. The transparency of materials brings a light source to the urban landscape; hence a new form of observation is created. This form exposes the biology of the images as a social metaphor. I try to bring a different visual experience for viewers to ponder the questions about the consequences of human behavior in a wider time-space continuum. I feel that my techniques best represent my style and could be very insightful for up and coming artists.
You mentioned that your family wanted you to follow their paths in the business world, but you ended up becoming an artist. How did you get them to accept the fact that you didn’t just want to create art, but that you wanted to pursue art as a career?
My family always knew that I had a creative mindset to become a successful artist. As much as they wanted me to follow their footsteps into their family business, they were very supportive to me. They provided all the resources I need to pursue my career as an artist and they are the reason why I am so successful now. They also enjoyed my paintings and had faith in my future career as an artist.