Hong Lei is a well-known conceptual and visual artist. His photographs of classical Chinese paintings, doctored and painted to create images of beauty and decay, have been popular here for years and acquired by some of the biggest collectors of Chinese contemporary art. This has been Hong’s long-running motif. His technique is said to be superb and the images have an air of authencity and sharpness. He lives and works in Changzhou, Anhui provence now.