Veterans / 2014 / Resins, wood / 120cm×70cm×200cm
Appreciation: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese soldiers were used to fighting for the territory integrity and the dignity of the nation. Nowadays, most of them are already passed away or on the verge of death. What they strived and sacrificed makes our happy and peaceful life, but we tend to forget their efforts. The resins sculpture, Veterans, by Chinese artist Zhang Zheyu, creates two ordinary and authentic veteran figures of the Second Sino-Japanese War in hyperrealism style. They dress in plain old clothes and look senile, but still salute as they used to do. In fact, we should salute to these nameless national heroes.（Wang Yong）
Zhang Zheyu born in Shenyang, Liaoning Province in 1974, graduated from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sculpture in his alma mater. Zhang has participated in“The 10th National Exhibition of Fine Arts”(2004),“The 4th Beijing International Art Biennale”(2010),“The National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of Talks Given by Mao Zedong at the Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art”(2012), and“The 12th National Exhibition of Fine Arts”(2014).