PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
He Wei

He Wei

born in 1987 in Anhui (China)

"Each form of art is a projection of sensations, a bag of vital energy." HW

Colours, shapes and symbols, which seem to be randomly chosen, are linked to the unconscious and to my memories: the transport of this meaning is the reinterpretation of thoughts and experiences. If the artwork is the 'personification' of thoughts and feelings, then what we see is only a way to interpret them, and the different gestures presented in his works represent the most direct, simple and impulsive communication. This kind of communication has an effect outside concept of values like what is right or wrong.

The artist’s research, dedicated to the investigation of shapes, forms and colors, goes from the beauty to the ugliness, from certainty to doubt, from exteriority to interiority. In recent works, the investigation of an emotional turmoil is particularly accentuated, and it is expressed in a very rhythmic and pulsing language. The signs, shapes, scratches and scribbles. All intertwined between the realistic- figurative compositions of anonymous bodies and the abstract chromatic inserts that force us to go beyond the real figure of the visible.

He Wei is a methodical and thoughtful artist, who carefully observes the world around him. He develops virtual sketches, following a well-detailed creative scheme, where everything becomes a calculated fruit of his mind. In particular, a recent series of abstract sculptures reflect this vision and approach. The works are the result of He Wei’s long research on balance and formal perfection, physicality of the work as well as craftsmanship and art. The concepts that once were contemplated by the theorists of neoplasticism, minimalists or the founders of the Bauhaus School. These enigmatic structures reflect the aesthetic vision of He Wei which finds application both in the field of sculpture and that of painting.

In his recent paintings, He Wei analyses and dismantles the portrait, to create a stronger and more violent perception compared to his previous canvases, characterized by the cancelation of the face through graffiti or coloured geometric shapes. The result of the new portraits is truly fascinating thanks to the use of very strong and incisive colours and studied and skilful oil spots and brushstrokes.

The artist has assigned titles of psychotropic drugs to the works, giving them a curative function (they are med- icines of distorted reality) and at the same time they are representation of contemporaneity, in need of rebal- ance the excess of psychosis and schizophrenia through drugs. In this whirling sensation of confusion and instability, the spectator is brought straight into this art of transition, towards future forms.

Born in 1987 in Anhui Province, China, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, then in Milan. In 2014 He Wei received the Laguna Prize at the Venice Arsenal.

Among his exhibitions, "Portraits" (2021), "Hate you, Love you, Fuck you" (2020), "Lost in a Nurse's Dream" (2017), "A Matter of Life and Death" (2015), "The Second Anhui Oil Art Exhibition" (2008) followed by "Zeitgeist" (2012) and "The Second Anhui Oil Art Exhibition"(2008).

He currently lives and works between Italy and China.

Education

 

2007 - 2012 Fine Art Academy, Florence

2012 – 2017 Brera Fine Art Academy, Milan

 

Exhibitions

 

2021 Portraits, Primo Marella Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

2020 Hate you, Love you, Fuck you, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italia 

2019 Meccanica delle Meraviglie 13, MO.CA, Brescia, Italy 

2018 Undertow, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

2017 Lost into a Nurse’s Dream, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

         Destination Asia, Now, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

         Artissima, Special project, Turin, Italy

         Asia Now, Special project, Paris, France

2015  He Wei’s solo show, Prime Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

2014 Laguna Award, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2012 Zeitgeist, Rugu Zhai Gallery, Beijing, China

2011 Academy on show, EX3 Contemporary Art Centre, Florence, Italy

2008 The Second Anhui Oil Art Exhibition, Anhui, China

2007 Solidarity and Art for Research, Archeological national Museum, Florence, Italy

He Wei - Clonazepam
Clonazepam
2021
Oil on canvas
120 × 100 cm
He Wei - Clonazepam
2021 - Oil on canvas - 120 × 100 cm
He Wei - Olanzapine
Olanzapine
2021
Oil on canvas
120 × 100 cm
He Wei - Olanzapine
2021 - Oil on canvas - 120 × 100 cm
He Wei - Valproic acid
Valproic acid
2021
Oil on canvas
160 × 130 cm
He Wei - Valproic acid
2021 - Oil on canvas - 160 × 130 cm
He Wei - Lullaby
Lullaby
2020
Oil on canvas
200 x 160 cm
He Wei - Lullaby
2020 - Oil on canvas - 200 x 160 cm
He Wei - Risperidone
Risperidone
2020
Oil on canvas
120 × 100 cm
He Wei - Risperidone
2020 - Oil on canvas - 120 × 100 cm
He Wei - Novocaine
Novocaine
2020
Oil on canvas
200 x 160 cm
He Wei - Novocaine
2020 - Oil on canvas - 200 x 160 cm
He Wei - Tie me down
Tie me down
2020
Oil on canvas
100 x 120 cm
He Wei - Tie me down
2020 - Oil on canvas - 100 x 120 cm
He Wei - MLGB
MLGB
2020
Spray paint and varnish on iron
280 × 350 × 90 cm
He Wei - MLGB
2020 - Spray paint and varnish on iron - 280 × 350 × 90 cm
He Wei - Orgasm control
Orgasm control
2020
Paint on iron
150 × 90 × 25 cm
He Wei - Orgasm control
2020 - Paint on iron - 150 × 90 × 25 cm
He Wei - Homage with tongue
Homage with tongue
2020
Paint on iron
100 × 110 × 35 cm
He Wei - Homage with tongue
2020 - Paint on iron - 100 × 110 × 35 cm
He Wei - Hypnotism n.2
Hypnotism n.2
2020
Paint on iron
120 × 100 × 30 cm
He Wei - Hypnotism n.2
2020 - Paint on iron - 120 × 100 × 30 cm
He Wei - Hypnotism n.3
Hypnotism n.3
2020
Paint on iron
120 × 100 × 30 cm
He Wei - Hypnotism n.3
2020 - Paint on iron - 120 × 100 × 30 cm
He Wei - I can see you
I can see you're sad, even when you smile, even when you laugh
2019
oil on canvas
140 × 120 cm
He Wei - I can see you're sad, even when you smile, even when you laugh
2019 - oil on canvas - 140 × 120 cm
He Wei - “No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. But I know none, and therefore am no beast.” - William Shakespeare
“No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. But I know none, and therefore am no beast.” - William Shakespeare
2019
Oil on canvas
120 × 100 cm
He Wei - “No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. But I know none, and therefore am no beast.” - William Shakespeare
2019 - Oil on canvas - 120 × 100 cm
He Wei - She got me going psycho
She got me going psycho
2019
Oil on canvas
90 × 80 cm
He Wei - She got me going psycho
2019 - Oil on canvas - 90 × 80 cm
He Wei - Kiss me like I
Kiss me like I'm oxygen
2019
Oil on canvas
110 × 84 cm
He Wei - Kiss me like I'm oxygen
2019 - Oil on canvas - 110 × 84 cm
He Wei - Voodoo X
Voodoo X
2019
Oil, pastel, oily ink on canvas
130 × 150 cm
He Wei - Voodoo X
2019 - Oil, pastel, oily ink on canvas - 130 × 150 cm
He Wei - Venom
Venom
2019
oil on canvas
220 × 187 cm
He Wei - Venom
2019 - oil on canvas - 220 × 187 cm
He Wei - Only love can hurt like this
Only love can hurt like this
2019
Oil on canvas
160 × 200 cm
He Wei - Only love can hurt like this
2019 - Oil on canvas - 160 × 200 cm
He Wei - Cool time on the dark side
Cool time on the dark side
2019
Oil and oily ink on canvas
240 × 180 × 5 cm
He Wei - Cool time on the dark side
2019 - Oil and oily ink on canvas - 240 × 180 × 5 cm