Born in 1962 in Taipei, artist Zeno Chen is a poet and visual arts creator.
Along with the development of digital visual technology, Zeno Chen has been creating for a decade. Combining his love for painting and photography, Zeno has created the images of distinct style which is close to painting. In this era where modern digital creation is prevailing and easily accessible, Zeno presents rarely seen quality. On the outside, it seems like the creation that is to subvert stereotypical digital arts. It is in essence incorporating thoughtful perspective which enables Zeno’s photography to break away from the much discussed or argued ideology.
Being observed from the field of painting, Zeno’s artwork is painting. With photography as carrier and savvy maneuver over digital soft wares, Zeno’s visual aesthetics contains the confrontation towards traditional oil paints, perhaps a kind of ideological provocation. When we closely appreciate these painting-like arts, we are awed by its visual warmth and depth that are rarely seen in usual digital artworks. If not for professional painter, how is it possible to present the feelings that are so close to paintings?
Basically, the style of such artworks belongs to expressionism, only that the material is not traditional canvas or pigments. Based on the digital concept, the freely created quality of painting is born. It even surpasses the exquisite level that oil paints could reach. This is an innovative expression and tryout for visual arts. Whether in Taiwan or abroad, there is yet any similar or simulated style in visual works or any visual creators.
Interestingly enough, Zeno does not have background in painting or arts. He is a poet in fact. With visual imagination and his sensitiveness towards words, Zeno has created extremely amazing and meaningful visual arts.
Perhaps, observed from another perspective, the unique visual painting style of Zeno could represent Taiwan’s visual arts creator who is capable of combining visual and painting arts. Currently, international art industry values the potential and depth of visual arts more and more. In face of modern arts which emphasizes diverse and multi materials, Zeno Chen has worked hard on finding a place in photography and painting field that belong to Taiwanese visual artists. This is a place where creative themes are not marked by constantly changing digital techniques. This is a horizon that gets rid of the myth surrounding digital forms. Zeno’s work will be the topic and living proof in visual arts world for many art critics in the years to come.
藝術家陳志駒 Zeno Chen，1962年生於台北，現代詩人&影像藝術創作者。