“Rhymes of Guizhou on Paper” - Public Exhibition of Wang Shaofeng’s Paper-Cut Artworks sponsored by the Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy opened at Yangming Auditorium of Confucius Academy on July 29. 100 pieces of paper-cut artworks themed on folk culture and folk festivals and customs including Miao Mother and Daughter and Bronze-Drum Dance are on display, attracting visitors from all walks of life.
“The name of this exhibition is ‘Rhymes of Guizhou on Paper’. With this name, I wish to tell the story between Guizhou and myself in the local language of Guizhou and through paper-cutting. This is what I want to show you today through this exhibition.” said Wang Shaofeng.
At the age of 10, Wang Shaofeng began to study painting by himself and became acquainted with the art of folk paper-cutting. For decades, he has worked tirelessly and has so far created and published (exhibited) nearly 5,000 paper-cut artworks, and won more than 50 first prizes, gold prizes and gold scissors prizes in domestic and international paper-cut exhibitions (competitions). Since the exhibition of Wang Shaofeng’s modern paper engraving artworks held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing in August 1989, he has successively held a number of individual paper-cut exhibitions in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Haikou, Guiyang, Hong Kong and Taipei. More than 60 of his paper-cut artworks have been collected by national institutions like the National Art Museum of China. Love Song of Guizhou, his 21.86-meter-long representative work, is currently the longest multi-color paper-cut artwork in China and the first paper-cut scroll in the world that integrates various paper-cut forms and techniques.
After appreciating the paper-cut artworks on display, Liu Yong, a master of Chinese arts and crafts praised that Wang Shaofeng’s works have three characteristics. First, Wang has fully inherited the traditions and tries his best to learn from the predecessors. Second, through innovations and breakthroughs in both the subject matters and the forms, he has elevated the art of paper-cutting to a new height. Third, he has adopted a unique approach to colors. Some of his works glow like gems from the front with monochrome paper-cuts clearly defined against a variety of colorful scraps of paper in the back.
This exhibition opened on July 29, 2022, and will end on August 31, 2022.