Chinese street artist paints using his nunchakus

Zhang Xiaoyuan became known on social networks thanks to his videos, in which he paints in an ultra-realistic and fast way by creating trompe-l’oeil or by using the famous Japanese weapon.

By Le Figaro

With his nunchaku, Zhang Xiaoyuan painted the portrait of Bruce Lee and that of actor Donnie Yen, famous for his role in the IpMan saga in which he plays the latter.
With his nunchaku, Zhang Xiaoyuan painted the portrait of Bruce Lee and that of actor Donnie Yen, famous for his role in the IpMan saga in which he plays the latter. TikTok screenshots

Because in “martial arts” there is “art”. Zhang Xiaoyuan, a young Chinese artist from Guiyang, southern province of China, has managed to make people talk about him thanks to his unusual way of painting, but especially to his great talent which he has perfected in the help of teachers. .

Still a high school student, Zhang Xiaoyuan decided to give up his studies. “My grades weren’t good and neither were the conditions at home, so I just stopped studying”, he explained to Guiyang Evening News in May. He then proceeded to observe other artists drawing on the floor and trying to imitate them by painting in secret. After that, he left his city of Guiyang to work as a wall painter in Shenzhen in 2009. It is when he has no assignment that he practices on the wall of an abandoned building. under a bridge or over a crack. And it is by posting videos of his works on Douyin (Chinese TikTok) that Zhang Xiaoyuan has built a small reputation.

In addition to his superb murals with a “3D” effect, the artist tried his hand at a very particular instrument: the nunchaku. “It didn’t take long for me to manage to paint with this. It is much more difficult to paint with nunchakus, because the texture is hard and the color will be very uneven. So far, I have only finished two paintings ”, he stressed again.

Portrait of Bruce Lee at the nunchaku. Guiyang Evening News screenshot.

His two paintings made with nunchaku also have a direct link with martial arts. The first features the face of Bruce Lee, martial arts star and renowned kung fu movie actor. The second portrait is that of Donnie Yen, a Chinese actor famous for having played the role of the great master IpMan in the saga of the same name. IpMan was also Bruce Lee’s master and taught him the art of Wing-Chun.

This growing success led to Zhang Xiaoyuan being approached by film and television companies. But he refused, for fear of“Taint the freedom of his art”, he said.

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