Five Minutes with Akartasia’s Artists

We started off our second round of Premium Interview’s with two artists from the Art Gallery, Akartasia. Akartasia is a nonprofit gallery based in London and Bejing

5 Minutes with Akartasia’s Artists


Do you have a particular inspiration when creating your artwork?
My inspiration comes from my heart … I feel that I must paint. For me, painting is like a journey then you begin, and you’re not sure where it will end. Because of this, I have no strict creative process; I paint all that comes to me in one moment of inspiration.
How has your business evolved over the last six months?
This is quite painful for me. I do not see my artwork as a business. I paint to give people inspiration.
Do you have any upcoming work that you are excited about?
Yes, I look forward to exhibition with the gallery Akartasia, to expose a little more of Chinese culture across the world. This is very exciting. I am in China and live in a small village. After 30 years of painting, I met Serge, from Akartasia. This was the first time I was able to show my work abroad.
Believe it or not most of my friends, still do not believe this is true, that I have my work displayed abroad. I hope I will not disappoint.
What do you find the most rewarding part of being an artist?
The only reward that we can expect in Art is that we are able to touch people’s hearts and imaginations.

Niu Kai


Where does your artistic inspiration come from?
Nature. I get inspired by the seasons, a flower in the sky, a sunset, a river, a simple leaf during the fall. 
What does your creative process look like? 
It is fairly organised. I usually like to wake up early, do my meditation and paint after that. I do not stop for hours, sometimes I won’t stop until late in the day. 
Has your business changed over the last 6 months, and what can we expect for the future?

Yes, The last six months has been a big change. Right now we focus on the health of our family, so, there is not much time to paint.
At the moment I’m just waiting for life to resume. This has been a big event and we are waiting for life to be normal again.
What do you find the most rewarding part of being an artist?
I am always surprise and pleased when people react to my work, and they tell me it has brought them some joy, this is my reward.