Holy Spirit Coming

He Qi, Holy Spirit Coming (detail), undated 21st century. © He Qi, 2013.

He Qi (born circa 1950) is a Chinese-born artist now living in Minnesota. Coming of age during the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, He Qi was sent as a teenager to a communal farm to erase the effects of his parent’s intellectualism. He Qi’s Christian faith was forced underground during this time. To hone his artistic skills, he openly painted portraits of Chairman Mao while secretly painting images of the Madonna at night. In this work, three followers of Jesus are seen on the day of Pentecost as they are suddenly filled with the Holy Spirit. The trident-shaped flames rising from their heads symbolize a spiritual encounter with God. He Qi uses vibrant color blocks and geometric shapes to create a compelling composition. The artist is certainly influenced by the avant-garde cubism art movement pioneered by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.

He Qi, Holy Spirit Coming (detail), undated 21st century.

Associated with a deity; exhibiting religious importance; set apart from ordinary (i.e. "profane") things.

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