I recently had a chance to visit the Dafen Oil Painting Village (大芬油画村) near my home in Shenzhen. I happen to live very near, just a 5 minutes walk away from one of the most famous spots for artists to hang around in the world. The Dafen Oil Painting Village was founded in the early 90’s by a group of artists. Since then it has become a haven for some incredibly talented artists who churn out amazing replicas and original paintings at incredible prices.
So I thought it was time to take a walk through this village that everyone always talks about. I am not a big fan of art, however I do appreciate it. Although, I am not the kind of person who is going to spend a lot of money on a fine painting. While walking through this painting village, I saw some incredible works of art.
While walking through, I noticed a large number of paintings I had seen before. Notably, Rembrandts, Picassos, and Dali were probably the most common artists I saw replicas from in the entire village. I was hoping to get some cool pictures and footage INSIDE the art shops, but every owner was adamant about not taking photos or video inside their shops. This is because there are many people trying to copy artwork and they are trying to defend their “intellectual” property which I find ironic, since most of the work I saw were replicas anyway.
Just to show you the variety of different paintings at Dafen, here are a few more pictures!
Eventually I found a place that was offering very low priced handmade oil paintings for an incredible price: 25 RMB. or $3.80 USD. I did not really intend on buying any art, but for that price, even I can’t pass it up. Here’s the painting I chose:
Overall, I was very happy with my purchase and plan to return to the painting village again sometime, maybe I’ll even up my budget for something a little more grand! Please check out our walk through at the painting village in our YouTube video below: