The Meaning of a Painting

Zhang Enli. Branch
CoBo Social Chinese Abstraction Series

Today I want to share a painting with you.

Zhang Enli’s Branch

Zhang Enli. Branch


Zhang Enli — this text won’t talk too much about him

What we will focus on more is the painting

What is the first thing you think about when you see this painting?


You see hope

Reaching towards a door of rebirth alluding to a depiction of hopelessness

The dark colors and exquisite technique slowly engulfs the mood of excitement


Sorry, that’s not what I see

All I see is a branch.


Sometimes good paintings don’t need to be given too much meaning

I see this painting as an artwork without any hints of symbolism

It is pure, elemental, and simple

But also full of power


Creation is a sort of courage

And returning to the real is a form of self-confidence


I have donated this painting to the Naked Heart Foundation

To let this purity return to purity

It is the best place for it to return to


I also want to thank the Fondation Louis Vuitton

For holding this benefit gala

and bringing old friends back together again

to cherish the work of Naked Heart


Finally here are some photos to leave as memories

640-1Photo with Natalia Vodianova
She is the founder of the Naked Heart Foundation

640-2Photo with Kanye West

640-3Photo with Paris Hilton



Adrian Cheng is the art pioneer who founded the K11 Art Foundation (“KAF”), a non-profit art foundation in China to incubate young contemporary artists and curators to promote public art education. By providing young emerging artists with a local, regional and international platform to gain greater public awareness, Adrian is the new generation to represent the contemporary Chinese art scene.

Adrian is ranked among the ArtReview Power 100 list in both 2014 and 2015, and also ARTnews’ Top 200 collectors in 2015, as one of the contemporary art world’s most powerful figures. He is also a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and member of the Interim Acquisition and M+ Museum Committee, a Board Member of the Public Art Fund of New York and MoMA PS1, Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts, Board Director of the National Museum of China Foundation, Director of CAFAM Funds of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Visiting Committee of the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Member of International Circle of Centre Pompidou, Member of TATE’s International Council and Board Member of Asia Art Archive.

To follow Adrian Cheng on Social Media :
IG: @ac_kaf
WeChat : adrian_artdiary
Facebook Page: @K11 Art Foundation

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