Motherland: figurative sculptures by Cai Zhisong

A selection of figurative metal sculptures from the series ‘Motherland’ by Cai Zhisong (蔡志松), one of the most iconic, famous, and internationally renowned Chinese artists of our time.

Cai Zhisong draws inspiration from statues created during the Qin and Han Dynasties (221–206 BC and 206 BC–220 AD, respectively), eras of rule that defined the political structure and artistic output of his native China. Cai’s life-size sculptures—depicting figures who resemble dynastic leaders, warriors, and servants—combine traditional aesthetics with contemporary forms, materials, and concepts. In his “Motherland” series, characters adorned with ancient hairstyles and clothing assume expressive, non-traditional poses and are fashioned from contemporary materials like fiberglass, resin, copper plate, and brass wire. By fusing past and present, Cai evokes themes of regionalism, globalization, and cultural exchange.

Cai Zhisong

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