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“I Want to Play God” states Cao Hui.
Born in Kunming, Yunan Province, China, Cao Hui graduated the Yunnan Art Institute in 1991 with a Bachelor Degree from the Sculpture Department. He later furthered his studies, getting a Master’s Degree from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China in 2000.
Currently Beijing-based, Cao Hui builds art-works that reveal raw, fleshy, innards, creating three-dimensional hyperrealistic sculptures of ordinary objects, animals, furniture and classic art spilling their guts out.
His work explores the relationship between surface and illusion. Interested in challenging the assumptions that people make about the interior of things, as he presents the viewer with his “constructed” truths.
According to Cao artists are no longer happy just being artists, but are driven by their inborn love of performance to try out new roles, such as philosopher, scientist, doctor or perhaps even engineer.
This Chinese artist works with a unique mix which includes resin and fiberglass, though constructed from such common materials, he manages to make his artwork intriguing while stomach turning.
“It’s what’s inside that counts” they say and clearly Cao Hui believes that.