Heiyang 2016

Here, I’m taking a farewell photo with painter Heiyang (left), who came to Beijing from Chongqing, Sichuan as a “vagabond artist” in 1991. He declined to participate in my current documentary, even after several entreaties. He says he no longer wants to chase fame and prefers a modest life. He still lives in the artists’ enclave of Songzhuang. I finally got to meet his daughter (right), who speaks English, works for a French logistics company, and will pursue graduate studies. Heiyang’s formal education ended with primary school, and beyond that he is self-taught. He is a deep thinker. Too bad he won’t be in the film!

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