Qi Wen

1991 China

Qi Wen
Qi Wen

Qi Wen is faced with the challenge of reconciling his enormous passion for drawing with his difficulty in maintaining concentration. The latter resulted in him...

Qi Wen is faced with the challenge of reconciling his enormous passion for drawing with his difficulty in maintaining concentration. The latter resulted in him frequently being reprimanded as a child. His parents sent him to the Shaolin Temple to learn Chinese martial arts, with the aim of improving his powers of concentration. However, Wen suffered a psychosis a year later and was forced to leave the temple. Fortunately, he was able to visit the studio in Nanjing just a few days later. Wen now enjoys drawing chieftains and constantly draws the symbol for ‘stars’. He dreams of living with a tribe in the Seychelles in later life. Wen works both at home and in the studio, using ink and paper. Drawing brings him a sense of peace, lessening the impact of his attention issues.