Chinese by birth and New Yorker by adoption, Jun Cen recently received the coveted Gold Medal award from the American Society of Illustrators for his ‘Avantissimo’ project, which was created in 2017 in collaboration with Fidenza Village. Cen was also the winner of the Overall New Talent category in the 2013 Association of Illustrators Awards. With these two awards, Cen secures his reputation as one of the most famous Chinese illustrators and a talent to watch. His Chinese origins, especially classical Taoism and Zen Buddhism, have always influenced the way Cen perceives reality and his way of understanding art. His dreamlike and intensely emotional images have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Verge, Grantland, Oxford University Press and ELLE China.
From 10 February to 4 March, Fidenza Village will welcome guests from China and help them celebrate the Year of the Dog in Italy with a unique art and shopping experience called the Good Luck Parade.
To honour the occasion and celebrate Chinese culture, Fidenza Village is hosting a new series of New Year-themed artistic productions. In line with its commitment to emerging talent and creativity, the Village will be the stage for an open-air exhibition featuring 50 red bulldog statues decorated by some of the most promising Chinese students from the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts Aldo Galli in Como (IED).
The Installation “Love The Dog Art” is an entirely new and exciting experience for guests, as it brings the East and West together with art and culture. Guests will discover a colourful procession of lucky bulldog sculptures at Fidenza Village, which reinterpret and pay homage to the traditional values of Chinese culture.
The student designers have been mentored in this project by their tutors and the internationally renowned illustrator, Jun Cen.
Between 16 and 17 February, Fidenza Village will host a live performance during which Cen, together with the students, will decorate one of the installations as a sign of best wishes, luck and prosperity.