Warrior with Color Face

  • Wanxin Zhang, Warrior with Color Face, 2009, high-fired clay with glaze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David and Pamela Hornik, 2021.72

Wanxin Zhang’s series of Color Faces are an homage to Chinese culture. They recall colored masks worn during opera performances to represent a range of characters, personality traits, and backgrounds. As Zhang explains, Different colors can distinguish goodness from evil, strength from serenity. And these operas are just like life — they show us history, politics, and the human condition.” 


Color Face” is also an intentional play on words that describes Zhang’s continuing experience of otherness within the country that has been his home for over thirty years. These pieces seek to ask and discuss the same questions that will never really be answered. They are individual, they are puzzled, but they have hope, and they wear their own colors on their faces to pose the range of their humanness.” 


This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Title
Warrior with Color Face
Artist
Date
2009
Location
Dimensions
overall_​1: 77 34 in. × 23 in. × 21 14 in. (197.5 × 58.4 × 54 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of David and Pamela Hornik

Mediums
Mediums Description
high-fired clay with glaze
Highlights
Keywords
  • Figure
Object Number
2021.72
Palette
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