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CNN on the 'Dreamy, Intimate' Work of SVA Alumnus Shen Wei

From CNN: “Shen Wei's photographs aren't ordinary portraits—they're dreams.

In one entrancing image after another, the Shanghai-born, New York-based artist appears unclothed, delicately pressed against an ethereal world. Lotus ponds, dusty roads, unmade sheets become a stage for Shen's muscled, arcing body.

His eyes are soft, or closed in a moment of perfect calm.

There's a painterly quality to his work: Shen goads emotions out of a palette of rich reds, lush greens, and pale gold. Avoiding harsh light, he prefers the glint of a quiet lake or the softness of a cloudy day.

It's a vision that's made him one of the most prominent Chinese photo artists of his generation, with works included in the permanent collections of museums like the MoMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Getty Museum and, just recently, the YIA Art Fair in Paris…” (For the full story and a photo slideshow, click here)

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