Cai Lei 蔡磊
Cai Lei was born in Jilin Province, China in 1983. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. As a 80s generation Chinese artist, Cai Lei has been highly successful in the international art scene. He has exhibited in the Foundation Taylor, France, Louisiana State University Museum of Art, USA and the Jacksonville Museum on Contemporary Art, USA. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
Cai Lei’s works originate from his personal experiences, feelings and interpretation of his life. He assimilates his life with his own works to depict a truth that resonates with his viewers. Cai believes that his works must only contain the verity of his feelings, the natural state of his soul that is not deliberately intervened with.
Cai plays with dimensions as a language in his works. He explores the relationship between space and illusion. The artist creates an illusory space that fluctuates between being two and three-dimensional. His interest in flatness outweighs his interest in space and volume. Using a two dimensional plane as the foundation for his paintings and sculptures, he manages to manipulate the visual interpretation of his viewers. The painted interiors of hallways or corners oscillate between protruding and receding; creating a visual experience that is unique to each viewer.