He Wei - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “I think that every expression of art is a representation of feelings and a container of vital energy. Colours, shapes and symbols, which seem to be randomly chosen, are linked to the unconscious and to my memories: the transport of this meaning is the reinterpretation of thoughts and experiences. If the artwork is the ‘personification’ of thoughts and feelings, then what we see is only a way to interpret them, and the different gestures presented in his works represent the most direct, simple and impulsive communication. This kind of communication has an effect outside concept of values like what is right or wrong.”
    — He Wei

    Marking He Wei’s auction debut, Bisulfite depicts a photorealistic portrait, with the figure’s face obscured by geometric shapes of different colors. Considering all aspects of the image—from shape, to form, to color—Wei takes a methodical approach to image-making, investigating the formal qualities of aesthetics and the hierarchies of beauty.


    Born in 1987, He Wei studied at the Fine Art Academy in Florence and graduated from Brera Fine Art Academy in Milan. Most notably, Wei was awarded the Laguna Prize at the Venice Arsenal in 2014. The artist is currently based between Italy and China.

    • Provenance

      Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
      Acquired from the above by the present owner



signed and dated 'He Wei [in Chinese and English] 2022' on the reverse
oil on canvas
90.6 x 75.1 cm. (35 5/8 x 29 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2022, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Primo Marella Gallery.

Full Cataloguing

HK$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$76,200

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Danielle So
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
+852 2318 2027

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 31 March 2023