Contemporary Chinese artist Liang Shang most recently displayed her work with MadeIn Gallery as a part of the ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016. Born and educated in artistic practice in China, Shang is an incredibly skilled oil painter. The artist shows extreme talent and practice in her ability to capture such loose, but starkly prominent and well blocked-in, figures that stand in as figurative symbols in Liang Shang’s artworks. Apart from her beautiful, monochromatic style of painting in riveting, accentuated brush marks, the artist does an incredible job of giving her viewers much to contemplate in her simply arranged paintings. Her main series, titled, A Real Boy, manipulates ideas of boyhood and manhood, masculinity and mirage using symbols of intense muscular strength as well as Pinocchio’s infamous growing nose. Unlike traditional portraiture, Shang’s pieces also function more like patterns and codes as they are analyzed. As one studies one of Liang Shang’s works it gradually transforms from a single-subject painting to one full of pluralities and abstract secondary subjects of color, shape, and concept – and then returns back to its original form of singular focus. Not much of her work can be found on the web (hopefully this changes soon!) but explore the mastery of the painting medium in the small sample of the artist’s work below!