Gao Feng says that all academics originate from thinking. If there is no thinking, what are we doing? Sooner or later, the body will pass away but the spirit will last forever, we want to gain an eternal spirit. Feng likes to contain his strength rather than show it off, away from fast trends and to depart from the hustle and bustle. He would like to find pure simplicity and appreciate nature in its original forms. The way nature comes from the inside without need for force or fight, and without the need to conquer it as it is an irresistible force. His artworks and sculptures originate from what he knows about nature stemming from cultural significance, so as to strengthen China’s wisdom and cultural spirit. He uses many tales and traditions from China as he frequently mentions symbolism from the Chinese zodiac such as the rabbit being an auspicious animal symbolizing peace in the world. Feng also uses ancient meanings and messages from the gods to use as common knowledge and methods to express the minds and feelings of modern peoples, rather than solely representing the ancient. “As an artist, my ideal is: meeting with the ancients, meeting with the West, meeting with the gods, using universal knowledge and methods to express the mind and feelings of modern people, so as to strengthen the wisdom and culture of China Spirit, strengthen yourself, go to the future.” Gao Feng was born in China Liaoning province in 1972. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in arts and department of sculpture from the prestigious Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang in 1996. From then to 2002 he also engaged in freelancing in Beijing. He also co-founded Beijing Made in Space and from 2012-2015 co-founded Second Floor Publishing Organization and graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Institute of Plastic Arts, with a Ph.D.
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