Mu Lei’s Mesmerizing Surreal Paintings

Mu Lei is a Beijing-based professional artist on surreal paintings. He was born in Jiangsu, China in 1984. He got his Bachelor of Arts from Sichuan Institute of Fine Art in 2007. He becomes famous when his work were exhibited in many art shows around the world including “Future Pass,” Abbazio di San Gregorio and Palazzo Mangili-Valmarana, Venice, Italy; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China. Check his work out here.


Mu Lei path of success is not that difficult as most of his predecessors. When China officially opened its doors to the west, Mu Lei represents a generation under the ever-increased influence of western consumerism yet without the emotional trauma suffered by prior generations. His artistic ability stands out working as a window to the cultural attitude of his predecessors in terms of art creativities.


Being the youngest artist to exhibit at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2011, Mu discovers “his” new China art with the visual symbols that reflect the new generations across the world who relate to a similar cultural experience shared through the global media and the internet.


His “anime pop” style embodies the essence of contemporary Chinese youth culture meets consumerist allure that has been transforming the country for nearly three decades.