Mu Boyan

Mu Boyan was born in 1976 in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. He finished his bachelor’s degree from the sculpture department of CAFA in 2002 and continued to pursue his master’s there. He graduated and joined faculty at sculpture department of CAFA in the year 2005.

Mu showed an acute understanding of mould and space at an early age. Mu’s works are mainly sculptures and installations, and he has been dedicated in creating his magnum opus “Fat Men” for many years. In this series of works, he uses resin as coloring, rich and overflowing flesh, rumpled up on their bodies, creating images of naked men with paunchy bellies in various sizes. Some of them are disturbingly enormous, while some others are extremely miniature. Their motions light and fluid, which seem to bear no weight at all. Under Mu’s hands, these fat men are molded into unique shapes cater to different exhibition spaces, conveying a childlike, slack character with a calm and collected spirit. Although Mu considers models are the best teachers, his “Fat Men” didn’t model from any real characters.

He hopes to transform flesh into a language, telling the tales of life in intricate details. The lifeless materials he used gradually acquired a sense of breathing after repetitive, tedious adjustments, preserving the fleeting details in several scenes, enabling the audience to rediscover the true meanings of life and reflect upon themselves through fragmented traces.

ARTWORKS

Cheer!

Color on Bronze
30 x 25 x 23 cm
2015

Worm

Color on resin+color on bronze
35 x 86 x 52 cm
2012

Bank

Color on bronze
36.5 x 29 x 37 cm
2017

Loosen

Color on bronze
120 x 68 x 45 cm
2015

Tighten

Color on bronze
30 x 70 x 8 cm
2015

Practice-1

Mixed media
60.5 x 91.5 x 17 cm
2015

Practice-2

Mixed media
72 x 61 x 17 cm
2015

Practice-3

Mixed media
11 x 80 x 12 cm
2015

Practice-4

Mixed media
228 x 102 x 11.5 cm
2015

Practice-5

Mixed media
18 x 38.5 x 18 cm
2015

Practice-6

Mixed media
38 x 48 x 12 cm
2015

Practice-7

Mixed media
14 x 47 x 16 cm
2015

Practice-8

Mixed media
37 x 48 x 12 cm
2015

Practice-9

Mixed media
45 x 62 x 14 cm
2015

Bank

Spray paint on stainless steel
320 x 240 x 300 cm
2017

Up and Down

Color on bronze
25 x 25 x 5 + 25 x 100 x 5 cm
edition of 8
2014

Scroll

Color on resin+stainless steel
14 x 166 x 44.5 cm
edition of 12
2012

Process 1

Mixed media
11 x 14 x 12 cm
edition of 5
2012

Process 2

Mixed media
18.5 x 15.5 x 12 cm
edition of 5
2012

Process 3

Mixed Media
width 176 cm
fat man 7 x 8 x 9 cm
edition of 8
2012

Process 4 – Spring

Mixed media
37 x 30 x 15 cm
edition of 8
2012

Process 4 – Winter

Mixed media
37 x 30 x 15 cm
edition of 8
2012

Process5(1)

Mixed media
13.5 x 8 x 7 cm
2012

Process5(2)

Mixed media
8 x 13.5 x 11.5 cm
edition of 12
2012

Process5(3)

Mixed media
12 x 8 x 9.5 cm
edition of 12
2012

Process5(4)

Mixed media
12 x 11 x 7 cm
edition of 12
2012

Sunny

Color on resin
100 x 90 x 40 cm
edition of 5
2011

year

Mixed material, electric motor
247 x 247 x 250 cm
2008-2009

Geng

Mixed media, electrical device
55 x 55 x 22 cm
2008-2009

Day

Mixed media, electrical device
100 x 100 x 80 cm
2008-2009

Month

Mixed media, electric motor
220 x 220 x 20 cm
2008-2009

Hour

Mixed media, electric motor
600 x 270 x 22 cm
2008-2009

Untitled No.6

Color on bronze
70 x 30 x 25 cm
2006-2007

Untitled No. 5

Color on bronze
100 x 60 x 18 cm
2006-2007

Untitled No.2

Color on resin
263 x 144 x 207 cm
2006-2007

Exhibitions

News

Publications

Selected Articles

Fatty — Written Before the Solo Exhibition of Mu Boyan

by Tian Kai

Swinging between Vision and Touch

by PENG Feng

A Conversation with Mu Boyan

by Philip Tinari

Mr. Sun Jiabo Talking About the Sculpture by Mu Boyan

by Sun Jiabo

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