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.