Born 1980, Hong Kong.
Chow Chun Fai graduated from the department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BA and MFA), and is an active member of the Fotanian Artist Village. His works have been exhibited widely in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Manchester, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Palermo, and Verona. He has received many awards including “Hong Kong Arts Centre 30th Anniversary Award Grand Prize”, and “the Sovereign Asian Art Prize”. Chow Chun Fai lives and works in Hong Kong.
In his paintings as well as in his photo installations, performances and videos Fai addresses many issues including Asian politics and history, architecture, postcolonial issues, self-identity and indigenous history. Many art forms also inspire the work of Fai including Hong Kong cinema, literature and photography, which he researches extensively. He is particularly known for his figurative paintings of stills from scenes from popular Hong Kong films that feature along the bottom of the paintings, where one would normally see sub-titles on screen, a quote from the script or the book the film is based on. His paintings are intended to give the viewer an interpretation of the scene and indeed to encourage a reinterpretation of it. These paintings of cinema stills, though depicting specific scenes from specific films, are transformed by the artist into nostalgic, and timeless works of art.
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