Zhenghui Lan, born in 1959 in Sichuan, China, graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1987.
Lan’s style is characterized by monumental paintings and a striking utilization of black ink, reflecting his unwavering pursuit of expression and emotion. His works can be described as “emotional bursts on paper,” showcasing an abstract ink-splash technique. Influenced by his scientific background, Lan seamlessly navigates between the realms of reason and intuition, resulting in a harmonious blend of the rational and irrational in his aesthetic. By employing systematic bodily movements, Lan’s brushstrokes possess a visual and spiritual impact, emanating strength and vitality through the swelling of muscles, blood, and physical power. Art critic Xiaochun Liu has coined the term “heavy ink” to describe Lan’s style, referring not only to the large scale of his works but also to the profound weight of power and spirit embedded within them. Lan places great importance on the fluidity of brush movements, bringing his subjects to life. In 2000, he initiated the “power brush” movement alongside fellow artists, advocating for a natural sense of motion and power in ink brush painting while rejecting contrived methods of expression. Lan’s works have been collected by esteemed institutions and individuals, such as the Rubell Family Collection in the USA, the Consul General of the British Consulate in Guangzhou, the Consul General of the German Consulate in Guangzhou, the National Art Museum of China, the Guangdong Museum of Art in China, and Florida Gulf Coast University in the USA.