by Ariadna Zierold
Zhou Fan was born in 1983 in Shanxi Province in northern China. In 2006, Zhou graduated from the art department of Shanxi University. He participated in a solo exhibition and several group exhibition in his home province that year. Zhou has been very inspired by his childhood. While the artist has always had a strong fascination for Jellyfish, Zhou’s “Love of Jellyfish” series of paintings is based on dreams that he had as a young boy of many jellyfish floating in the sky, some of which fell to the ground on parachutes and became mushrooms. These dreams had a strong impact on the artist, and he remembers them vividly.
While Fan’s paintings may at first look happy and cheerful because they are colorful, many of the artist’s works have a sad undertone to them. Zhou seems to be quite sensitive to the fact that people can be cruel and destructive, and he can see the effect China’s societal changes are having on individuals and the society as a whole. Fan likes to combine the impossible, and while it looks beautiful within the paintings, the results can be confusing and chaotic-seeming.