Chen Mantian Paints Aquatic Organisms Swimming Through Air

Seeing bulbous goldfish swimming through air in the tangible world may be a physical impossibility, but at least it’s a visual realization in these Chen Mantian portraits. In addition to rendering beautiful women in his paintings, Mantian incorporates aquatic animals gracefully floating about as naturally as they would under water. It adds a surreal element to his stunning photo-like images, and viewers get a euphoric rush from staring at something so bizarrely mesmerizing.

Aside from these works, Chen Mantian also paints more traditional pieces that capture the loveliness of his subjects and their surroundings. He often depicts women of Chinese ethnicity using techniques that are commonly associated with Western art. This distinct marriage of technique and subject matter makes Mantian's creations stand out in comparison to his contemporaries'.