Leng Jun is a Chinese contemporary artist best known for paintings and drawings that appear like photographs. Born in 1963 in Sichuan, he was influenced by the period of economic shift known as the "opening of China" that
occurred while he was coming of age.
As China opened, information coming in from the West helped him develop as a painter. “For people like me who were born around the 1960s, we were teenagers at the time when we formed our worldview. That was a
great opportunity. Looking back, reform and openingup really saved the soul of our generation,” Jun said.
The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.
Leng Jun (Chinese, born 1963)
微笑的设计 , 2004
oil on canvas
125 x 45 cm.
(49.2 x 17.7 in.)
Mona Lisa: the design of smile" was sold for 80.
5 million yuan. Leng Jun's important work "Mona Lisa: the design of smile" is the most famous one of Leng Jun's few super realistic portrait works, which won the excellence award of 2004 National Art
Exhibition. It is also known as "the monument of transcendental realism". In 2021, the work started with 58 million yuan in spring shooting of Jiade, went all the way to 70 million yuan, and
finally sold with 80.5 million yuan, breaking the latest record of Leng Jun's works.
Leng Jun's super realistic style portraits are no more than ten, which can be said to be extremely rare. Mona Lisa: the design of smile was purchased by
private collector Tang Ju for 700000 yuan after
the creation. Now it is sold at 80.5 million yuan,
from 700000 yuan to 80.5 million yuan, with an appreciation of more than 100 times!