Hong Kong Painter Perry Dino Praises Peaceful Umbrella Movement

October 19, 2014 Updated: October 21, 2014

If you have been painting scenes of mass demonstrations for a number of weeks, you will definitely get a good grasps of its nature.

After all, painting in oils and canvas takes plenty of time, as well as an uncanny eye for detail.


Hong Kong documentary artist Perry Dino has been capturing the Occupy Central pro-democracy protests on canvas since the mass pre-protest rally on Aug. 31, and from where he’s painting, the protests proving to be standout examples of how to engage in civil disobedience.

In a recent video, Dino, whose real name is Chan, notes that while “many protests around the world were filled with bloodshed and violence,” the Umbrella Movement “stands alone as a clean, peaceful, and nonviolent movement in Hong Kong.”

“I think Hong Kong citizens should feel proud (of the Umbrella Movement’s nonviolent nature),” Dino added, and hopes that people around the world can also show their “support and encouragement” to the peaceful protesters of Hong Kong.

Dino has been capturing Hong Kong protest scenes since the 2012 protest against Beijing’s attempt to foster “patriotic education” in Hong Kong schools.

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Dino said that he wanted to capture the protests in oil painting because it is “traditional, beautiful and vivid.”


“These are hugely important events that will go down in Hong Kong history,” said Dino.

“I have two young daughters and I want them to never forget these issues when I have passed away.” 

Dino, who is also a part-time teacher of visual arts, plans to donate the paintings to a local museum some day so that future generations will know their history.