Sets Chinese Painting Apart From Western Painting by Ernesto
of different instruments, materials and cultural background,
Chinese paintings have their own image and content in comparison
to other types of paintings. Unique appearance of Chinese
Painting owes much to the use of the Chinese writing brush
and the Chinese paper (rice and silk). There are four essential
elements used in the creation of Chinese Painting, the brush,
ink, paper, and the ink stone. Lacking any of them the job
cannot be done.
most important factors for Chinese Painting are the special
pedagogy, the close relationship with the painter's personality
and the unique Chinese philosophy. They are trained not
only to convey the objects but also express the mood and
the spirit of the subject. The Chinese also believe that
the painting is the expression of the painter's knowledge
and temperament. In this way, Chinese Painting becomes something
much more than art.
most essential philosophy of China is the unity of Heaven,
Earth and Human Beings. What the Chinese Painters are trying
to express is not what meets the eye, but their attitude
to the Great Nature. The Chinese painter has a profound
love and admiration for nature. It is part of their culture,
religious practices and their need to depend on nature to
relationship to human and animal figures, the Chinese painter
utilizes the forms he finds in nature, such as ovals, circles,
and geometric lines which are found also found in Chinese
calligraphy. Thus, all Chinese paintings whether they are
landscapes or the human figure are painted with the same
movement, rhythm, and harmony that is used when drawing
the forms of calligraphy. Calligraphy is a form of art,
even more revered and honored than all other painting.
the same theme they may spend hours contemplating and drawing
inspiration from the figures of nature such as humming birds
with their fragile wings, the robust legs of the cricket,
and the fascinating form of the praying mantis. From the
minor or simple creatures that are chosen as subjects of
art work, we can see how they enjoy the nature and the love
they devote to the most humble things.
Chinese painter finds it offensive to contemplate and draw
the human figure by itself. Human beings are part of the
surrounding heavens and earth. They are all together. That
is why Chinese paintings are simple in composition and full
of harmony, overall balance and peace with all of creation.
They are interested in the mood and spirit.
Born and raised in Puno, Peru, Ernesto Apomayta was identified
as an artistic prodigy at the tender age of five. As a boy,
Apomayta was first influenced and inspired by the natural
marvels surrounding the humble home he shared with his family.
In close proximity to shimmering Lake Titicaca, the striking
beauty of the Andes and the awe-inspiring Incan ruins of
his ancestors, Apomayta was spiritually compelled to express
his wonder visually through his paintbrush. A direct ancestor
of the legendary photographer, Martin Chambi, Apomayta derived
inspiration from the same native influences and his legacy
that encouraged Apomayta to fulfill his own artistic destiny.
To view many of Ernesto Apomayta's pieces of artwork please
visit www.apomaytaart.com for full information on Mr. Apomayta.