Guan WeiJun was born in Shanghai and went to Belgium to further his study in 1990. He studied at the Belgium Royal Academy of the Arts and graduated from the Formative Arts Department at the 8th University of Paris. His talent is thus fully and officially recognized, and for a number of years now, it has also won appreciation outside the Belgian borders, especially in Paris. Now, he is a member of both the Artists’ Association of Belgium and Shanghai. He has been awarded dozens of international prizes in many competitions and his work has already
been shown in a large number of galleries in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain, etc. The arts publishing house of Belgium published his personal album for him in 2003 and his work was compiled into the dictionary of Belgium artists. Much of Guan’s work has been collected by governments, foundations, castles and individuals. His work is also regarded as important by reports and commentaries in China.
He has succeeded in blending eastern tradition with European influences. His work has a dualistic nature. On one hand, it displays an exceptional technical mastery and a thorough knowledge of the codes of representation; on the other, a remarkable power of imagination and sensitivity that reaches beyond the borders of reality and conveys a dreamlike and marvelous dimension. The kind of veil that used to hang over Guan’s landscape is still there in the compositions human figures that make out the greatest part of his present work. As if these scenes were drawn from a dream or from a vision, to be transmuted under the effect of light and color. A number of compositions seem to reflect the personal vision of legendary tales, of narratives or historical episodes that hark back to a distant past. They justify the invention of a great diversity of costumes. It results in genuine formalized ballets, of chromatic explosions that denote a truly lyrical talent.