Simone

Simone by Zhu Tongyao © Zhu Tongyao;  540mm x 460mm, oil on canvas

Simone
by Zhu Tongyao
© Zhu Tongyao

Zhu Tongyao was born in Jinan, Shandong and attended China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. Tongyao has exhibited in Italy and China and in 2015 was awarded first prize in the Florence Biennale - International exhibition of contemporary art. This is the first time Tongyao has entered the BP Portrait Award.

Simone was painted while Tongyao was studying in Italy. The portrait depicts Simone, the child of the artist’s neighbours who took care of Tongyao during his stay. The painting shows Simone with a joyful expression on his face reflecting the peace that his family brought to him. The work captures a moment when the boy sat down and the sunlight fell on his face, which Tongyao says ‘recalled my cherished memory of happy time spent with his family.’


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Simone by Zhu Tongyao © Zhu Tongyao;  540mm x 460mm, oil on canvas

Simone
by Zhu Tongyao
© Zhu Tongyao