Chen Dapeng: Chinese sculptor with world vision

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Accolades for Chen Dapeng at the Paris Louvre Exhibition last year

Chen Dapeng, a sculptor already enjoying wide popularity in his native China, is now firmly set for making an impact worldwide. At the end of last year, he exhibited successfully at the world famous Musee de Louvre in Paris from November 7-11 on the occasion of the 19th World Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition. He is currently making final arrangements for a US tour, the details of which will be announced next month (full details will be available here). Thereafter, he intends to return to Paris for another exhibition.

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Chen Dapeng: in the footsteps of Rodin?

Chen Dapeng was born in 1962 in Hunan province. During the 1990s he was a friend and pupil of Chinese sculptor Pan He and currently lives and works in Songjiang, on the outskirts of Shanghai where he works from a dramatically-designed studio, which he created himself.

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Chen Dapeng’s home & studio in China.     Photo Paul Harris

He believes that sculpture is a cultural patrimony shared by all humankind and says that he found enormous support in France. ‘Local artists in Paris described me as ‘the modern Rodin’, he told us but added, ‘Westerners may know sculptures but they don’t know Chinese culture. I simply hope that my sculptures serve as a good interpreter to spread Chinese culture throughout the world.’

Chen Dapeng’s sculptures are in many private and public collections in China. Some of his work in stone and metal is on a very large scale and features in public places, like parks and squares. Work on a smaller scale in bronze, wood and maquette form is in private collections in China and abroad. His work very much takes a historical perspective and its essential realism makes it easily accessible to Chinese and foreigners alike. In this way, it represents a good introduction to Chinese art when shown abroad.

Inter alia, Chen Dapeng is the writer of more than 1,000 poems, carrying on the ancient and honourable tradition of the Chinese scholar artist.

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