My name is Zhenlian, I am an artist from China. ‘Zhenlian' is my pseudonym, it means ‘True Lotus' which is a ‘Buddhist philosophy. Painting helps me attain the status of ‘Zen' which is a branch of the Buddhist philosophy. The concept of ‘Zen' is to live every moment of your life as it is eternity. When I am at my painting I forget that time is running and when I finish a painting I feel happy and bliss, I almost feel' Perfection' , The moment you feel perfection in your life that is ‘Zen' Of course one cannot feel perfect all the time, but in the life of creation there are always moments of perfection. I have retired from my work since 2002, since then I have devoted myself to painting. .I am fired with inspiration in whatever I paint, in fact, I am more inspired now than when I was young.
I like both oil paintings and Chinese paintings. In oil painting I like the richness of its colours. I love to cover my canvas with a profusion of colours in their dream-like imageries. I am often inspired by nature, like Renoir I believe that a painting should be beautiful. Most of my paintings are conceptual realistic in style, that is to say my paintings appear very realistic but there are always some imaginative elements in the composition of my works. I think I would rather call this Conceptual Romanticism. My paintings are integrations of the real and the imaginative.