Haoran Chen (b. Jiangsu, 1998) lives and works in London. He studied Traditional Chinese painting at China Academy of Art (2016-20) for the BA and currently pursuing an MA in Painting at The Royal College of Art, London (2021-23).
Chinese-born artist Haoran Chen is known for his brooding and psychedelic paintings. His works are not simply capturing the external rational existence, but rather open up a path to his own inner worldly narratives. In the process of his creation, he presents the artist’s intuition through the filter of his imagination and alienation. During his seven years of continuous artistic practice, Haoran Chen’s techniques have ranged from realistic and rigorous pencil sculptures to traditional poetic Chinese painting portraits to the contemporary style that integrates multiple layers and multiple techniques in his current works. Relying on his rough color palette, ink splashes and meticulous use of oriental brushes, as well as enriching the layers through mixing, deconstruction, printing, blurring and dip-dyeing, Haoran Chen's works focus on texture and the use of chaotic dark and dirty colors, conveying a sense of calm weirdness, also the ink dyeing processing of his own inner world. Most of the themes of his works focus on pondering about unity and integration and extract narrative from them, demanding immediacy, passion and consideration from.