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Russian-born painter adds bite to Macau art scene

In China's casino capital, Konstantin Bessmertny takes the biggest risks

"Bestiarium" -- an Indian temple lion transformed by artist Konstantin Bessmertny (Courtesy of Konstantin Bessmertny)

MACAU -- Just a few blocks from the famed Lisboa Casino hotel, in an area swamped with neon-lit advertisements for gambling, money changing and massage, lies a quiet, modestly furnished, all-white cafe. A world away from the hordes of mainland Chinese gamblers, The Garden at Tak Chun is the unofficial center of Macau's surprisingly active art scene.

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