现居上海的比利时艺术家Phil Akashi 用27000个汉字“自由”，击出了国际英雄曼德拉的肖
Shanghai based artist Phil Akashi pays tribute to international hero Nelson Mandela,
painting a monumental portrait made of 27.000 boxing punches with the Chinese
According to the artist: “This artwork exemplifies Nelson Mandela’s 27 years of
incarceration but also symbolize his lifelong brave stand for freedom and equality.
Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary artist of peace. He sacrificed his own freedom to
fight for the freedom of others and therefore represents a fantastic source of inspiration
for the entire world.” Phil Akashi
The artist chose to use a Chinese seal and Cinnabar paste for his significance in Taoist
culture; red Cinnabar was regarded as the color of life and eternity. But he firmly
decided to use black cinnabar paste to honor Mandela’s struggle against apartheid.
This symbolic and powerful new painting resides in the Shanghai Graffiti Park, and is
surrounded by a mix of graffiti made by local street artists.
Also known as the seal artist, Phil Akashi is a Belgian emerging artist using East Asian
Seals as a medium to create unique and elaborate artworks. By revisiting the traditional
use of seals with a European sensitivity, Phil Akashi forges a new artistic language that
links East and West and places the past in the service of the present.
"I am addicted to seals, I collect seals, I paint with seals, I love seals. Creating with East
Asian seals as a medium is a wonderful opportunity to tribute and to sustain a very old
tradition with passion, emotion and innovation. It is also an exciting way to advance their
potential with a European sensitivity." Phil Akashi
“Nelson Mandela's long struggle against apartheid and for equality "showed us that one
man's courage can move the world.'' President Obama
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