Guohe Liao (b.1977, India)

Liao Guohe was born in 1977 and graduated from the Hunan Normal University art department, having worked in media, education and now as a professional painter, he lives and works in Changsha.

"Liao Guohe paints “badly” in both senses: crudely and naughtily. Crude, however, does not mean artless. Liao Guohe’s slapdashery is deliberate and controlled. Like a cartoonist, he reduces each idea to a few essential lines, and maximises its punch by doing so.  His brutally simplified imagery resonates more powerfully than that of many beautiful works.  The same is true of his titles.  Written directly on the canvas, they are integral to the composition. In this, he echoes the practice of the great Chinese landscape painters, who often incorporated poems in their works.  The 13th-century artist-poet Zhao Mengfu famously declared that “calligraphy and painting are essentially the same thing”, and “painting” can be translated into Chinese as “writing a picture”.  Liao Guohe’s titles work like graffiti or the captions of political cartoons. Together with his “chicken-scratch” brushwork and garish colours, they both portray and comment on a world that has no place for delicate feelings—a Brave New China that is venal, corrupt, obscene and borderline crazy."
(White Rabbit)

Liao, Guohe b.1977

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