China Archive

The Perfect Unexpected Moments by Tao Liu

Amateur photographer Tao Liu became an overnight sensation for his photos in China. Tao’s photographs depict humor and fun on China’s issues such as commercialism and urban expansion. His photos are a good example of capturing the perfect moment at the right places. From comparing kids on strollers and elderly on strollers, to a dog’s […]

Hand-Crafted Tamari Balls – Photography by NanaAkua

Pin It Temari, also known as ‘gotenmari’, are traditional New Year’s gifts for children in Japan. It takes a lot of patience, dexterity, and precision to make one of these colorful handballs. Qualities which the 92-year-old grandmother of photographer NanaAkua apparently doesn’t lack. NanaAkua’s grandmother learned the technique in the 60’s and she has been […]

Awesome Metallic Creatures by DALeast

Pin It DALeast is a 29-year-old Chinese artist who currently lives and works in Capetown, South Africa. He has recently been unleashing his talent on unsuspecting walls all over Capetown. His street paintings are huge in scale and can often be hundreds of feet across. DALeast’s signature style is to make his paintings look like […]

Nomad Patterns – Melted Ceramic Creations by Livia Marin

Pin It Nomad Patterns is a series by Livia Marin which features more than thirty ‘melted’ China cups, vases, and teapots. It was exhibited at the Eagle Gallery in London in 2012. Interestingly, each piece retains its pattern even though it’s melted. The patterns in the pieces is the Willow Pattern motif. A pastiche of […]

Undersea Tableware – Creative Ceramics by Mary O’Malley

Pin It Mary O’Malley makes delicate china cups, pots, and saucers decorated with authentic-looking sea creatures. Her tea things look like they were salvaged from long-forgotten shipwreck. Mary calls the series “Bottom Feeders". She said: “I’m never exactly sure how anything’s going to turn out… In the end, one type of beauty is enhanced by […]

Captured in Mid-air – Photos by Bence Bakonyi

Pin It Bakonyi Bence is a Hungarian photographer who is known for his strikingly crisp and realistic images with a surreal twist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in photography at Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. In his series “Nameless", a bunch of objects (plus a rather small dog) is captured […]

Matchstick Men – Installations by Wolfgang Stiller

Pin It “Burnout" is a collection of gigantic matchsticks with burned-out human heads. Pieces of the matchstick men are strewn all over the floor or framed in their very own matchbox coffin. The exhibit is the work of German artist Wolfgang Stiller. It was displayed at the Python Gallery at Zurcich from March 8 until […]

Ravaged Mountains – Artwork by Yang Yongliang

Pin It Yang Yongliang was born in 1980 in Shanghai, China. He is well-known for his black and white photographic collages depicting the devastating effects of uninhibited industrialization and urbanization. At first glance, his work looks like a peaceful traditional Chinese painting, a closer look would reveal mountains chock-full of factories, buildings, and machinery. Three […]

Sumo Sculptures by Mu Boyan

Pin It Mu Boyan was born in the Shangdong province of China. In 1997, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in Fine Arts. He obtained her Master’s degree in 1995 from the same university. His work has extensively been exhibited throughout the world. One of his more recent work […]

Snow Trees – Photographs by Xu Jing

Pin It Xu Jing’s is a Chinese photographer who takes such great pictures of snow-laden trees, they almost look fake. Rest assured that the trees are real and in no way digitally altered to look like they have icicles for leaves. Jing chooses his shots well and has captured quite a few breath-taking winter landscapes. […]

The Magic Pill – Scratchboard Illustrations by Michael Halbert

Pin It Scratchboard illustrations are created by etching a design on thin China clay covered with black India ink using a sharp knife. Multiple layers of colored clay may be used along with aluminum foil. The result is highly detailed, precise and even textured artwork. Michael Halbert’s work is an expert in this field and […]

Invisible Steel – Paintings by Chen Hongzhu

Pin It Fire tempers the finest steel, they say. The porcelain dolls in Chen Hongzhu’s portraits have certainly gone through the forge. Chen Hongzhu graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts. The subject of her surreal portraits are just a wee bit cracked, but stronger for all that. With their large, unseeing eyes […]

Leafy Footprints by Jody Xiong

Pin It This award-winning outdoor campaign to promote walking instead of driving was launched by DBB China and China Environmental Protection Foundation. Jody Xiong, the artist behind this installation, hoped to urge everyone to do their bit for the environment by placing the huge 12.6×7 meters canvas in busy intersections. Sponge cushions soaked in green, […]

Landscapes by Florian Ritter

Pin It Florian Ritter is a Shanghai-based photographer who hails from Frankfurt, Germany. Bored with the tedium that comes with an office job, he quit and went off to see the world through a camera lens. Nowadays, he’s known for his landscape & travel photography. He is also a freelance creative director and has worked […]

The Man Who Would Fly – Li Wei

Pin It Li Wei is a performance artist like no other. With his photos, what you see is what you get. No Photoshop, no helmet, just balls. There is zero digital manipulation involved, he may use wires from time to time though. Still, he shoots in dangerous places like high buildings, lakes, and ice holes […]

Childish Lore – Drawings by Yang Qi

Pin It Yang Qi is a budding new artist who hails from the People’s Republic of China. A glance at her work is enough to tell that this young artist has a lot of talent. Her drawings range from childishly whimsical to the sensually provocative. No matter the theme, every one of her drawings is […]

A Whole New Level of Paper Art by Bovey Lee

Pin It Paper is perhaps one of the most common art medium. You can make marks on it, you can fold it into fantastic shapes, you can dye it, you can make paper mâché with it, and you can cut it. The possibilities are endless, but when it comes to making art out of paper […]

The Best of Asian Pictorialism by Don Hong-Oai

Pin It Don Hong-Oai was born in China and lived most of his life in Vietnam. He is one of the world best in Asian pictorialism, he is also one of the last. He refined his technique under the gentle tutelage of Long Chin-San, one of the best known practitioners of Asian pictorialism. Realism is […]

Deliciously Sexy Veggies by Ju Duoqi

Pin It Whoever thought cabbages could be alluring? Ju Duoqi, a promising young artist from Beijing, China saw the seductive potential of the humble cabbage. It’s easy to be sexy when you’re the right shape, a cucumber or a chili doesn’t even have to try. Cabbages, on the other hand, need all the help they […]

Hands-Free Paintings by Huang Guofu

Pin It Artistically gifted people can create beautiful art, no matter what. Chinese artist Huang Guofu proves the point. He lost both his arms at the age of four due to an electrical accident. Undeterred by his handicap, he started painting with his feet to support his sick father when he was twelve years old. […]

Prismatic and Surreal Paintings by Joseph Barbara

Pin It Joseph Barbara is from Malta. He has exhibited his work in various countries like England, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, Hong Kong, apart from numerous times in Malta. In 2006, he was awarded the qualifiers award in the International Poster Competition Greeting World Expo 2010 Shanghai.

Totems by Alain Delorme

Pin It Alain Delorme is a french photographer. Showcased here are piles of stacked “made in China” products which form unusual structures.