Chinese artists living in France
HUANG YONG PING & SHEN YUAN
IS PARIS BURNING?, 2019
KAMEL MENNOUR GALLERY
Chinese Artists / Art News
HUANG YONG PING & SHEN YUAN
Is Paris Burning?
Two years after the death of Huang Yong Ping, the dialogue continues with his companion Shen Yuan with the realization of their last project: a duo exhibition at the kamel mennour gallery. This project has its origin in the following event: in early 2019, while Shen Yuan was working on his work Samedi, inspired by the scenes of clashes between yellow vests and police on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Huang Yong Ping showed her a copy of the book Is Paris burning? by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. Having lived in Paris for a long time, the two artists knew that this beautiful city, besides being the capital of love, it is also a hotbed of revolutions and violence, a blaze both potential and real. Paris has been the scene of many events that have marked the history of France. In their respective works and careers, Huang Yong Ping and Shen Yuan have been actively engaged in studying the complexity and causes of these "burning" events. The exhibition is presented at Kamel Mennour gallery, 5 & 6 rue du Pont de Lodi Paris 6, from December 9, 2021 to January 29, 2022
Tribute ceremony to Huang Yong Ping
A tribute was paid to Huang Yong Ping, who died on October 19, 2019, and on the occasion of the exhibition "Is Paris Burning? 2019" by Huang Yong Ping and Shen Yuan (9 Decemner-22 January 2022), organized by the kamel mennour gallery and the Beaux-Arts de Paris, in the Amphithéâtre d'Honneur of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006, on December 10, 2021, from 6 to 8 pm
New works of the painter Fu Site
Gallery PARIS-B presents the new series of paintings by Chinese artist Fu Site "Jeu de créatures", from January 8 to February 19, 2022. Here natural components, bodies, creatures and fictional forms meet on the canvas. "The artist invites us to detect, at the heart of the image and beyond its apparent chaos, connections between each element. He is concerned with exploring the interconnectedness of complex forms of expression, as well as investigating the relationships between colour, space and volume and, if nothing else, the interweaving of what is drawn and what is painted. He is concerned with exploring the interconnectedness of complex forms of expression, as well as investigating the relationships between colour, space and volume and, if nothing else, the interweaving of what is drawn and what is painted. He is a master at allowing atmospheres of the unreal to develop that activate the collective unconscious and send us on the fantastic journey between image, association, emotion, consciousness, and visual experience.
This is Fu Site's fourth solo exhibition at Paris Beijing Gallery (Gallery PARIS-B) after: in 2018 "You don't know what you've missed", 2017, "Disrupted Narrative", and 2014 'Politicians'.
Jeux de créatures - GALERIE PARIS-BEIJING (galerieparisbeijing.com)
WANG YAN CHENG
Wang Yan Cheng paintings from the Pinault collection
The exhibition "Landscapes" at the headquarters of the Kering company (Pinault) - in the chapel of the former Laennec Hospital - brings together five paintings including two monumental paintings by Wang Yan Cheng, from the Pinault Collection. The paintings appear as if in dialogue with the cosmos, they show collisions between aggregates and movements, pigments and light, fluidity and density. The exhibition that opened on 18 and 19 September 2021 is expected to extend until June 2022.
Exhibition by Yan Pei-Ming at Palace of the Popes in Avignon until January 31, 2022
In the Great Chapel of the Palace of the Popes, Yan Pei-Ming presents huge unpublished portraits of Popes in the form of real installations that recall the past of the place. On the west wall is installed a self-portrait in three persons. In the center, the artist is folded and meditative in his white cassock on a throne-armchair that could be that of Pope Innocent X, when on each side he is depicted in everyday dress, as in himself, looking doubtful, or fierce, or bad – we do not know too much.
The Cernuschi Museum presents "Fragments de mémoire", a new installation by Chinese artist Shen Yuan
First contemporary installation presented at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris, on view from 14 October 2021 to 30 January 2022 in the Buddha Hall.
Shen Yuan explains her work: "The comb is a personal object that can accompany us throughout our lives. In the morning it serves to get rid of the fragments of dreams of the previous day and to open up new paths of thoughts. Dreams are seeds of memory that break down into fragments, light and fragile, like dandruff that comes off the scalp. (opposite a sketch of the installation).
CHINESE ARTISTS IN CHINA
Opening of the M+ Museum in Hong Kong with the Sigg Collection on November 12, 2021
The M+ Museum is presented as the first global institution in Asia dedicated to contemporary visual culture. For this event, the museum has chosen to present the collection of contemporary Chinese art by Swiss collector Uli Sigg. The latter gathered his encyclopedic collection of contemporary Chinese art during his years as a diplomat in China. The exhibition "M+ Sigg Collection: From Revolution to Globalisation" is a chronological investigation into the development of contemporary Chinese art from the 1970s to the 2000s. The Sigg collection shows a number of artistic treasures beside famous paintings by superstars of Chinese contemporary art such as Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Fang Lijun and Ai Weiwei.
Cai Guo-Qiang presents 'Odyssey and Homecoming' in the newly opened Museum of Art Pudong in Shanghai, from July 8, 2021 until March 7, 2022. The exhibition features 119 of Cai’s signature gunpowder paintings and other works, including his widely acclaimed first-ever VR work "Sleepwalking in the Forbidden City". The works in the exhibition represent Cai’s research, exploration, and voyage across the globe, recreating his Individual’s Journey Through Western Art History project for audiences in China.
In the post-war years, France welcomed several Chinese artists such as Zao Wou-ki, Wu Guanzhong or Chu Teh-Chun who would become great names in painting in the world. Today Zao Wou-Ki is recognized as a major force in the art market. In May 2019, he held the best auctions at Christie's and Phillips Hong Kong. His 1987-1988 Triptych, Hommage à Matisse et Manet, sold for 178 M HKD ($22.8 million) on May 25, 2019 at Christie's.
After the repression of Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, on June 4, 1989, a new wave of Chinese artists, active in avant-garde artistic movements, also chose to emigrate to France such as Wang Keping, Ma Desheng, Huang Yong Ping, Li Shuang or Ru Xiao Fan.
The artist Yan Pei-Ming arrived in France in 1983, and has since built an international reputation. In 2018/2019, he ranked 217th in Artprice's ranking of the top 500 contemporary artists in the world with cumulative sales revenues of $794,308. He was 60th in the Artprice 2020/2021 ranking with a turnover of $6,897,737$. Huang Yong Ping, discovered during the famous exhibition "The Magicians of the Earth" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1989), became especially known in France with his moults. His work 'Theater of the World' (1993) was featured in the exhibition "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2017. Sculptor Wang Keping ranked 291st in the Artprice ranking with cumulative sales of $505,135 in 2017-2018 and 412th place with cumulative sales of $336,901 in 2018-2019. Painter Yang Jiechang ranked 275th/500 and visual artist Wang Du ranked 487th in the 2013-2014 Artprice ranking.
The influence of Chinese artists living in France, June 2021
Artprice's ranking of the first Asian contemporary artists in 2020/2021
CHU TEH-CHUN is a contemporary painter of Chinese origin. He is a visual artist who has chosen abstraction; he integrates the techniques of Chinese painting and Western abstract art. His stock has exploded in the contemporary art market in the last ten years. In 2013, one of his works "Untitled" was sold at the Kingsley Art Auction, Taipei 'Autumn Auction 2013' for $15.7 million. Another was sold for HK$70, 7 million (US$9.1 million) in November 2013 at Christie's. His work, 'White Forest No. 23 (1997), had sold for HK$60 million ($7.7 million) in November 2012, at an auction at Christie's in Hong Kong. On May 26, 2018, at Christie's, Chu-Teh-Chun got HK$28.9M (US$3.7M) for his painting 'Composition 51: "A Thousand Lives Separate Its Seal in the Wood"(1960) and No. 81 HK$38.3M (US$4.9M). And his painting 'Winter Synthesis C' (1988), sold on June 4, 2019, by the company Artcurial, in Toulouse, € 5,177,400, multiplying by 5 its estimate. This was a new record for a work sold in Europe by the artist and the highest price for a painting sold by him in France in 2019.
The CHU Teh-Chun Foundation was established in Geneva in 2017 by the CHU family. It is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting the art and archives of CHU Teh-Chun.
The Chu Teh-Chun Foundation is still planning a major retrospective exhibition of Chu Teh-Chun at the National Museum of China. This exhibition was planned for April 2020 and was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth.
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Chu Teh-Chun was born on October 24, 1920 in Baitou Zhen, Anhui province, China. He entered the Hangzhou School of Fine Arts in 1935. He graduated in 1941. After teaching in Nanjing, he moved to Taipei in 1949, where he became a university professor and taught Western painting until 1955. The same year he left to settle in France. He died on March 26, 2014 in Paris.
"Chu Teh-Chun's works seem to combine the natural elements - air, water, earth, fire - and lead to a kind of cosmic naturalism," says Jean-Paul Desroches, heritage curator at the Musée Guimet. His inspirations are drawn from the older masters. "For example, Chu Teh Chun takes the luminosity of the Venetian artists and mixes it with the chromatic intensity drawn from the art of Goya. His paintings are subtle and penetrating, they have an oriental poetic charm.
In China Chu Teh-Chun met artists like Wu Guanzhong and Zao Wou-Ki who influenced him. He had his first solo exhibition in 1953, where he exhibited a number of landscapes he had painted in the Alishan Mountains.
Upon arriving in Paris in 1955, Chu Teh-Chun discovered the work of Nicolas de Staël, by whom he was also greatly influenced, and who led him from figurative painting to pure abstraction. The Chinese pictorial and spiritual traditions are nevertheless always present in Chu Teh-Chun's research.
In 1976, Chu Teh-Chun returned to calligraphy, which he had practiced in his youth and which he would then carry out in parallel with his painting. In the 2000s, he became interested in ceramics and set up a project with the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres. He painted a series of 57 vases - from the collection "De Neige, d'Or et d'Azur" - during two years for which he was once again inspired by the Chinese traditions. Chu Teh-Chun also painted a large work for the Shanghai Opera House in 2003, which is currently displayed in the lobby of the building.
One of his most striking paintings remains "Peaceful Cards" (1985) which incorporates all the codes of Western painting, combined with a traditional Chinese painting technique.
In June 2021, Shang Xia House with the collaboration of the CHU Teh-Chun Foundation unveiled a limited edition collection of accessories. Shang Xia's classics, such as the "Lan Yue" moon handbag and silk squares, have been interpreted by master craftsmen, paying homage to CHU Teh-Chun
Chu Teh-Chun has had nearly 450 exhibitions: 156 solo and 285 group exhibitions in over 24 countries. In 1987, the National History Museum in Taipei organized for him a major retrospective exhibition, thirty-two years after he left the country.
Alisan Fine Arts HK presented its fifth exhibition of Chu Teh-Chun's work at the French May Arts Festival in Hong Kong from May 13 to July 31, 2021.
Opera Gallery presented an exhibition of Chu Teh-Chun in Hong Kong to celebrate the opening of the gallery's new space in Hong Kong, from October 21 to November 14, 2021.
N° Spécial Connaissance des Arts, N° 929, consacré à Chu Teh-Chun, Avril 2021 (versions française et anglaise)
CHAN KAI-YUEN is a Chinese artist, sculptor, settled in France since 1971.
contact : http://www.chankaiyuen.com/
Chan Kai-Yuen was born on December 13, 1948 in Amoy, Fujian, China.
Chan Kai-Yuen's favorite materials are resin and synthetic plaster and his favorite subject, chicken. The artist uses humor as a basis for work. "Few artists (of his generation) have moved so far away from an agreed aesthetic. Chan Kai-Yuen has been doing this for twenty years, as we could read during his exhibition "Kiss the world" at the Deborah Zafman gallery, in Paris, in December 2008. "Baroque, because it is bizarre and talkative, this work generates in the viewer contrary feelings. Attraction rubs shoulders with repulsion, rudeness meets tenderness." Chai Kai-Yuen has indeed created a world apart with his resin chickens that he often sets up like humans, in the funniest attitudes. We can see for example a chicken on a sphere of the world having a shape of buttocks, the thinker on the origin of the world represented by a gallinaceous. In the 80s he also made a painting of rice, painted in lacquer. He also makes videos that can also feature chickens, real ones.
Chan Kai-Yuen has had many exhibitions since the mid-80s.
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CHEN JIANG-HONG is a painter and illustrator of Chinese origin who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution.
Chen Jiang-Hong was born in Tianjin, northern China in 1963. He graduated from Tianjin School of Decorative Arts and Beijing School of Fine Arts. In 1988, he obtained a scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, from which he graduated. He has been living and working in France since 1987.
Chen Jiang-Hong is very attached to the painting techniques and ancient traditions of China even if he has oriented himself in his painting towards a more universal abstraction. In this regard, the artist says"It is important for me to bring the culture to which I am deeply attached and to allow it to cross borders and that others are part of it. I try to tell stories in such a way that they become universal." Chen Jiang-Hong thus developed his own aesthetic, merging the traditions of Eastern and Western painting, deeply influenced by his own experience of life between two cultures. For his abstract paintings, Chen Jian-Hong uses oil painting. His themes revolve around nature, bamboos and lotus flowers. Its colors range from red to ochre to black. He also uses the techniques of calligraphy and paints on the floor with long brushes made of wolf hair. He uses Indian ink for his illustrations. He also combines Indian ink with unusual materials such as sawdust. Chen Jiang-Hong is indeed an illustrator of albums of great refinement, using subtle hues. His stories blend the legends, culture and history of China with universal feelings and issues for today's children. His best-known album is 'Mao and I, the Little Red Guard' (2008) in which he recounts his own childhood during the Cultural Revolution. On February 3, 2018, he presented at the bookstore La Méridienne in La Chaux de Fonds, France, his books The Tiger Prince and The Magic Horse by Han Gan. He occasionally painted live on a giant canvas.
Chen Jiang-Hong had his first solo exhibition in China, in Beijing, in 1987. In 1989, his paintings were exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Since then he has had numerous exhibitions both in France and abroad.
CHHOUR KALOON is a contemporary artist of Chinese origin who has chosen abstraction for his painting.
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Chhour Kaloon was born in Cambodia in a Chinese family from Guangzhou Province in 1968. Following the Khmer Rouge genocide, he lost a large part of his family. He managed to flee to find refuge in Thailand. He studied at the Art Academy in Hong Kong and then arrived in France, at the age of 21 and study painting with Katia Kostoff from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris where he discovered the masters of Impressionism. He lives and works in Nice.
Chhour Kaloon first started painting in the figurative style he was taught and then turned to impressionism and fauvism. From his arrival in Nice in 2003, at the age of 35, everything changed, he chose abstraction always using strong colors such as black or red and warm as yellow and orange. His canvases are very constructed with the use of glazes, drippings, mediums, brushes, knives.
Chhour Kaloon's paintings are a mixture of East and West. He illustrates the balance of Yin and Yang by intentionally leaving sections of the composition empty or full. Speaking about one of his paintings, Chhour Kaloon explains: "I finished this painting in August 2015 in my studio in Nice. Some people will see the cosmos in it or whatever, but it doesn't matter because a painting only lives through the eyes of the person who feels it through his deepest and most intimate senses. Even if I break one of my rules about not commenting on my paintings, I think it is a symbolic and abstract representation of the cycle of life on earth and beyond, which is a heritage of my Asian culture and Buddhism. The bottom of the painting is water, the origin of life, the one we know, and for us humans the amniotic fluid of our mother. The centre is life with the sun and its yellow heat. But these two parts are crossed by black lines and dark red touches. Yin and Yang always reappear. This central part bursts into small touches on the top left towards a very dark and tortured background... Darkness. Fortunately at the top right, there is a deep and evanescent blue. Again life is here... Let it be clear that this interpretation of the painting is made a posteriori because if I have a fairly clear idea of the composition of a painting before its implementation, I often have no prejudice about the final work and its symbolism. It's my brush that guides me and in my brush, there's my mind doing what it wants."
For Max Laniado of the Visio Dell'Arte gallery, "Chhour is the revelation of the current of poetic abstraction. He brings innovative creativity combining Impressionist and Asian influences, meditation on feelings and gestural 'choreography' in harmonious works exuding emotion and beauty."
Chhour Kaloon was probably inspired by artists like Zao Wou-ki or Chu Teh-Chun, leaders of the poetic abstraction movement.
In recent years, he has been able to discover other mediums such as ceramics, watercolor, engraving and ink painting.
FENG XIAO-MIN is a contemporary French-Chinese artist, painter and calligrapher, arrived in France in 1988. Feng Xiao-Min sold at Sotheby's in October 2019 a work entitled Composition 20-01-15 for HK$1,500,000 (US$193,505.94)
Feng Xiao-Min was born in Shanghai in 1959. He studied art in China, at the Academy of Fine Arts, and at the National School of Arts, then he joined the Haimo Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai. He left China for France in 1988 where he continued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. From 1997 to 2000, he taught calligraphy and technique at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Feng Xiao-Min's work shows a great mastery of colour and a painting technique close to the works of the great Franco-Chinese artists Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-Chun, with whom he has worked closely. The artist is inspired by traditional Chinese calligraphy. He uses acrylic on canvas and skilfully imitates the Chinese aesthetic of ink on paper. Rather than a subject or a place, Feng Xiao-Min focuses on the visual effect produced by the mix of colours and the spatial configuration of the image. The world and the image he offers us lead us to an immersion of the senses. The artist combines eastern aesthetics and western techniques in his landscape visions from dusk to dawn.
At the Opera Gallery in Paris, from September 30 to October 18, 2021, Feng Xiao-Min exhibited "Compositions", 24 paintings, created especially for the exhibition. The whole appeared as an enlightened introspection. For the first time, the artist had embarked on larger formats, spread over several canvases. More than an invitation to travel, these new "Compositions" are a real dive into these lands of perpetual movement and overflowing light. The colors of the canvases are sublime.
Solo and group exhibitions.
In September 2021, Feng Xiao-Min participated to Art Paris Art Fair 2021, presented by Opera Gallery
FU SITE is a contemporary painter from the young Chinese generation. He has been living in Paris for ten years.
Contact : https://www.fusite.space/
Galerie Paris-B presents a new Series of paintings by Fu Site, from 8 January to 19 February 2022
Fu Site was born in Liaoning province in China in 1984. He graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing (2006), Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Versailles (2011) and Ecole Supérieure d'Art du Nord Pas de Calais (2014).
Fu Site, though born in China, finds his influences in great masters such as Francis Bacon for the intensity of his characters, in the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, for the mystical side of his landscapes, or in Edward Hopper for the feeling of isolation in his paintings.
The artist also has a fascination for Western interiors, which he depicts stripped of their original context, juxtaposing baroque settings and more recently contemporary interiors, transposing them into a new space and thus composing a fictional image. In early 2017, Galerie Paris-Beijing presented the artist's work, "Disrupted Narrative": namely an assemblage of shadows and reflections, human presences, images of interiors and natural landscapes.
In 2014, Galerie Paris Beijing had already dedicated a first exhibition to the artist, entitled "Politicians". "It evoked the complexity, even the cruelty, of contemporary political debates and fights, by featuring evanescent figures of men fighting, discussing, or simply finding themselves in strange situations.
Fu Site's paintings have a fascination for darkness, allegories, dreamlike and unconscious. The artist uses a mixed technique - Indian ink, pencil, oil - which allows him to introduce a troubled temporality into his paintings.
Fu Site also claims to be strongly influenced by the seventh art. He composes his paintings with framings that are typical of film techniques, like freeze-frames.
The Paris Beijing Gallery has dedicated three solo exhibitions to the young Chinese artist: 2018 "You don't know what you've missed", Paris-Beijing Gallery, Paris; in 2017, "Disrupted Narrative"; in 2014 'Politicians'.
At the end of 2019, Fu Site participated in the group exhibition 'Figure This' at the Thames-Side Studios Gallery in London
Fu Site exhibited "Fictions in Fragments" at the Lylin Gallery, Los Angeles, until February 28, 2021 video: https://www.kylingallery.com/fictions-in-f-vr
He participated in the Art fair Art Paris 2018 and 2016 and "Asia Now" Paris, in October 2016.
GAO ZENGLI is a Franco-Chinese painter, great portraitist, settled in France since 1998.
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Gao Zengli was born in Lanzhou in China in 1964. He graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Shandong (1985). He moved to Paris in 1998. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris (1998 to 2000). He lives between Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing.
Gao Zengli's work is a permanent dialogue between his current life and his past life in China. He paints portraits of famous personalities such as the last Chinese emperor Pu-yi, Chairman Mao and Deng Xiaoping. By using such figures as symbols, Gao Zengli taps into the reservoir of emotions embedded in modern Chinese history. "For him, the art of the past stays with us because it influences our behavior in today's society, and this is repeated with each new generation". In 2008 he presented an exhibition dedicated to the last Puyi emperor at the Benamou Gallery in Paris. Gao Zengli has also made paintings from pieces of porcelain and oil paint, a symbol of ancient Chinese culture.
"I like what revolves around darkness and I express myself in black and gray; the gray scale between black and white is useful to reflect memories of the past as I strive to discover the sun in the midst of darkness," he explains.
Gao Zengli builds up layers of paint that create different textures on the canvas. The characters are almost blurred. Gao Zengli reuses old photographs from which he paints his characters, he also uses objects such as newspaper, rope or fabric. The artist has also developed a surprising technique: on a wooden frame, he fixes a lattice of linen cords on which he sticks a piece of jute pleated in an irregular way. On this relief support, he paints his paintings with acrylic.
In his last exhibition at the Schwab Beaubourg Gallery in early 2018, he presented portraits of celebrities, such as Giacometti, Rodin, the Dalai Lama, Lucian Freud or Marlon Brando as well as draperies that evoke Roman statuary.
Gao Zengli has had numerous exhibitions in Asia and Europe since 2000: Paris, Geneva, Barcelona, Basel, Moscow, Miami, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Singapore.
GAO XINGJIAN is a French writer, playwright, director, painter and visual artist of Chinese origin. He belongs to that generation that lived through the political revolutions in China until he left for France in 1987 after the Tiananmen tragedy in 1989. After these events, he finished his novel and wrote the play "The Flight" which caused the total ban of all his works in China. Known as a writer - Nobel Prize for Literature - Gao Xingjian's notoriety as a painter is more recent even though he has been the subject of numerous exhibitions around the world.
Gao Xingjian was born on January 4, 1940 in Ganzhou, China. Given the political circumstances of the time, his mother opposed his entry into the Beijing Fine Arts School, preferring to direct him to the Institute of Foreign Languages from which he graduated (1962). He lives in Paris, and in France since 1987.
From the novel to painting, Gao Xingjian now devotes all his time to pictorial creation. He works with Indian ink on a white background. "To return to painting is to free oneself from verbiage, to return concepts to language, to paint where language is no longer sufficient, to begin to paint even where one has finished speaking," explains the artist in his book 'For another aesthetic'.
Since 1978, Gao Xingjian has abandoned oil painting to devote himself to ink. "I use Chinese ink but it is not a mark of Chinese civilization. It goes beyond the East. Besides Chinese ink, I use painting on canvas, the frame and the canvas being quite Western, traditional. So there is the Eastern material and the Western material," he said. Since 1990, Gao Xinjian has opted to use canvas instead of paper, which is too fragile, to produce large formats. His works are thus imbued with traditional Chinese culture and thought, combined with a modern Western aesthetic; the artist also shows great sensitivity. Gao Xingjian began to be recognized as a painter in the West following an informal trip to Berlin in 1985, during which "some people became fascinated by his work" and then organized an exhibition for him.
A Knight of Arts and Letters, Gao Xingjian was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000 and the Premio Letterario Feronia in Italy. As a writer, Gao Xingjian is best known for his novel The Mountain of the Soul (1995), a "Taoist odyssey," which is both "a classic picaresque and marvelous tale" and "an evocation of absurd or Kafkaesque reality," according to his translator Noël Dutrait. He is also the author of "The Book of a Single Man" (1999). In 2002, he wrote an opera, "La Neige en Août" (Snow in August), which was premiered in Taipei and at Marseille's Opera. He also directed the film 'Après le déluge', in 2008. He has also directed several plays. Five monumental works of Gao Xingjian specially created by the artist to decorate the Bernheim room of the museum are now on display at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. On the occasion of the "Gao Xingjian" exhibition at the Art Paris Art Fair 2017, at the Grand Palais, an installation by Albertine Meunier, dedicated to the artist - "The Infinite Book" - was presented at the Galerie Claude Bernard booth.
As part of its 2019 Art Season, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire in Cher, presented from March 27 to November 3, 2019 a large exhibition of dreamlike landscapes in ink by Gao Xingjian. With his "Call for a New Renaissance", this follower of total art that is Gao Xingjian, advocates a new thought to change the world and awaken consciences, through culture. Writer, painter, playwright, director, poet, Gao Xingjian calls for a return to an artistic creation without borders, multidisciplinary, non-utilitarian and not "commodified", exploring the complexities of the human soul, with the aim of a perfect communion of hearts and minds," explains Chantal Colleu-Dumond.
Numerous solo exhibitions have been regularly devoted to Gao Xingjian since 1985, in Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan. Most recent solo exhibition : fourth exhibition of Gao Xingjian at galerie Claude Bernard 3 Décember 2020 - 30 January 2021. In 2015, the Musée d'Ixelles in Belgium dedicated a retrospective to him: 'Gao Xingjian: the awakening of consciousness'.
GUO CHENG DONG
GUO CHENG DONG is a Chinese sculptor-portraitist, trained at the School of Fine Arts in Luxun, China. He has been living in France since 2002. Guo Cheng-Dong is very famous and awarded for his beautiful sculptures of horses. He was also awarded the 1st International Prize for his ice sculptures in Harbin, China in 1999.
contact : http://chengdongguo.com/
Guo Cheng Dong was born in 1975 in Shengyang (China). He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Luxun, Liaonin province; he completed his training at the School of Fine Arts in Versailles-Paris (2003-2005). He lives and works in Paris where he has been exhibiting regularly since 2004.
"My work aims very early to express both the changes in the world and freedom," explains Guo Cheng Dong.
The artist creates sculptures of horses for which he has won many prizes. His sculpture "Junma" won first prize at the Art cheval show in Saumur in 2006 and the special prize at the Rambouillet biennial in 2008. The whole of his work is marked by the progressive assimilation of the body of the man and the horse. "While they were initially juxtaposed, they now tend towards unity," says the artist.
Guo Cheng Dong works the body, the bust and the portrait.
Guo Cheng Dong also creates monumental works - on commission - such as for the former Russian president Boris Yeltsin or the Singaporean Wu Zuodong.
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HUANG YONG PING
HUANG YONG PING is a contemporary artist of Chinese origin. He was a major figure in Chinese avant-garde art in the 1980s. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp and Dadaism, he founded the "Xiamen Dada" movement. The artist who is reknowned both in France and abroad, was chosen for the Monumenta 2016 Edition, at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Huang Yong Ping is one of the artists presented as part of the exhibition "Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation", at LACMA Museum, Los Angeles, from July 4, 2021 to March 13, 2022
Huang Yong Ping was born on 18 February 1954 in Xiamen, Fujian province. He graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (1989). He moved to France in 1989. He passed away on October 19, 2019.
Huang Yong Ping was discovered during the famous exhibition "Les Magiciens de la Terre" at Centre Pompidou in 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Huang Yong Ping created meaningful works that were often censored by his country's government. The artist incorporated different philosophies into his work, both Chinese, such as Chan Buddhism and Taoism, and Western. He created works where cultures coexist and denounced globalisation. In 2006, on the island of Vassivières, at the Centre international d'art et du paysage, he installed a large prayer wheel, similar to those used by Tibetan Buddhists.
In 2000, Huang Yong Ping created a monumental work "Bank of Sand, Sand of Bank", made of 40 tons of sand, cement and water. This was a replica of the old HSBC building in Shanghai. Huang Yong Ping also revisited sites such as the Colosseum (2007), the Pentagon (2007) and Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan (2013). In 2012, Huang Yong Ping invaded the Hospice Comtesse Museum with Wu Zei, his enormous octopus, as part of Lille 3000, and then the estuary of Lille 3000, then the Loire estuary in Saint-Brévin-les-Pins in 2014, with a spectacular 120-metre translucent translucent snake, 120 metres long, a giant skeleton of an ocean snake, a sculpture that has become permanent.
LI CHEVALIER is a contemporary French-Chinese painter and visual artist. She is part of the new artistic movement born in China, "Experimental Ink". The artist questions the world of forms born of shadow and light.
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Li Chevalier was born in Beijing in 1961. In 1980 she joined the University of Foreign Economic Relations in Beijing where she met her husband, a French commercial attaché at the French Embassy in China. She arrived in France in 1984. After studying political science (Sciences-Po Paris) and a DEA in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1990), she trained in various art schools in Florence and Paris and obtained a postgraduate diploma from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London (2007). She lives and works between her two studios in Beijing and Paris (Ivry sur Seine).
Li Chevalier works at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. With his Chinese artistic heritage where landscape painting has a very large place, the artist wants to give a new impetus to this ancient aesthetic by using the means of expression offered by contemporary art. Li Chevalier has always been in search of beauty: "I want to restore emotion to art by rehabilitating its beauty, far from modern contemporary art which advocates either minimalism or exaggeration" she explains.
Li Chevalier was initially more a musician than a painter. At the age of 15, she joined the Opera of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, then in Paris she was a soprano in the choir of the Orchestre de Paris. Music is always a recurring theme in her work. At the beginning her paintings were figurative. It was in 2003, during a stay in Qatar, that the artist discovered Indian ink. She then abandoned oil and gradually turned to abstraction. "With ink, you paint on canvas and not on paper, and you paint in reverse: you start from white to go towards shades of grey. The work is more difficult, because there is no possibility of retouching".
Li Chevalier's compositions are filled with a poetic intensity, with beautiful clouds of white mixed with sand particles, mineral flakes and large dark inks. The undefined outline of her paintings reinforces the meaning of her subject matter. The artist also uses rice paper and calligraphy. The spiritual dimension constitutes the essential value of her works.
Thus she depicts the Japanese "Toris", "spiritual doors to cross to offer oneself a time of questioning". Li Chevalier is "in search of beauty, troubled by death, in spiritual quest, silhouettes walking towards the beyond , a question mark on the horizon line or a cross reflecting it."
In 2013, as a prelude to a concert conducted by paris Opera conductor Philippe Jordan, Li Chevalier premiered a monumental installation at the Peking Opera entitled 'Cantabile per archi' by Peteris Vasks, composed of hundreds of stringed instruments, creating a meeting between art and music. Another installation of the artist, the French Institute of Beijing presented at the National Library of China, in 2012, the "steles of light" of Li Chevalier, 21 steles made of light boxes dressed with lithographs of steles engraved with calligraphy.
Two works by Li Chevalier have been exhibited in the salons of the French Embassy in Beijing since 2011. Her works are part of, among others, the permanent collection of the National Museum of China, the National Opera of China, the Bernard Magrez Institute. Li Chevalier is a member of the National Society of Fine Arts (SNBA), the Taylor Foundation and the ADAGIP (Society of Authors in the Graphic and Plastic Arts). The artist was awarded the SNBA Gold Medal for his installation and the ADGP Sculpture Grand Prize in 2014.
In 2004, Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts presented Li Chevalier's first collection of experimental ink painting "Veiled Silence".
LI DONGLU is a young Chinese artist living in France since the 2000s.
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Li Donglu was born in Guangdong, China in 1982. He graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (2004). He then continued his studies in France at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Versailles (2006-2008). In 2009, he was in residence at the Château de Padiès, Lempaut, in the Tarn, in association with the Culture & Cultures Festival. He lives and works in Paris.
While his compositions reflect certain impressions of traditional Chinese painting, Li Donglu uses modern techniques such as acrylic on canvas or oil paint. The deep, dark colours chosen by the artist reinforce the mystery that emanates from his paintings. These have evocative names that speak for themselves: Last Minute, Vanities, Human right, Pandora, The desert and peace. In short, Li Dong Lu speaks to us about humanity.
Sublimated by the technique of oil and tempera, Li Donglu's painting reveals biblical echoes: heaven/earth, paradise/inferno, water/fire or purity/impurity. One motif is also very often repeated in Li Donglu's work: the tree. Present in almost all traditions, the cosmic tree embodies "the link between heaven and earth".
A first exhibition of the artist was organised by the Pandora Galerie Mendes in Paris in 2011.
Li Donglu's latest solo exhibitions include: 2021 "Take Root", A2Z Art Gallery Paris; 2018 "Zao Wu, at the Dawn of Chaos", A2Z ART Gallery , Paris, France; 2017 The Nature of the Nature, A2Z ART Gallery, Hong Kong; 2015 Surimpression A2Z ART Gallery, Paris
The artist participates in numerous group exhibitions: 2020, A2Z Art Gallery , Paris, France ; 2019 "10 Years already! , A2Z Art Gallery , Paris ; 2018 Asia Now - Paris Asian Art Fair 2018 , A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, ; 2017 Art Central Art Fair Hong kong 2017, A2Z Art Gallery ,Hongkong, China ; 2016 Art Paris Art Fair 2016, A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, Art Central, Art Fair Hong kong 2016, A2Z Art Gallery ,Hong kong, China., Art Stage, Art Fair, Singapore 2016, A2Z Art Gallery ; 2015 China International Gallery Exposition 2015 , 7+1 Luckily you are here, Art project curated by Martina Köppel-Yang, A2Z ART Gallery, Beijing, Nécessité intérieure, Yohann Gallery, Paris ; 2011 China International Gallery Exposition 2011, Middle Space and Bermel Contemporary(Berlin), Beijing, China ; 2010 Pour l'amour de Goya, Galerie EGP, Paris.
MA DESHENG is an artist, poet, performer, of Chinese origin. He was one of the founding members of the group Les Étoiles, the first avant-garde artistic movement in China, alongside Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Keping and other artists. He is thus an emblematic figure of the Chinese artistic and cultural resistance. In the spring of 1979, he participated in the first unofficial painting exhibition organized in Beijing by the group Les Étoiles. In 1985, he left China for Switzerland and, in 1986, at the invitation of the Cartier, CIRCA and Royaumont foundations, he went to France to settle in Paris.
Ma Desheng is represented by A2Z Art Gallery
Ma Desheng was born in 1952 in Beijing. Self-taught, he began his career as a draftsman and then as an engraver. He then trained with other Chinese artists who are now internationally recognized. For ten years, he was absent from the international art scene after an accident in 1992, forcing him to stay in bed for two years in hospital. He nevertheless painted nearly 4,000 drawings between 1994 and 2002. He has been living and working in France for over thirty years.
Between abstraction and figuration, his female silhouettes are the real subject of his paintings. They will invade his canvases, broken down in the spirit of a Henry Moore or a Matisse. The simplification of these bodies will give birth to a new aspect of his work, around mineral constructions. In 2002, he started working with acrylic on canvas. From light and diluted washes, he moves on to a solid paint, with a slight relief, as if to give body to these silhouettes. After having depicted landscapes and bodies, he now shows stone beings. Some believe that "spirituality still underlies his work, and the analogy with Neolithic cairns or Tibetan stone stacks is unavoidable". Ma Desheng has thus always been imbued with Taoist philosophy. In October-November 2016, he presented 'Corps', an unpublished series, at A2Z Art Gallery in Paris. This Body Series tends to continue the artist's research of lines and chromatic compositions, inspired by the master of colours: Henri Matisse. In his work "Portrait of Ma" - a series of self-portraits subtitled by haiku-like phrases taken from everyday life - "aligned faces seem to form masks that stand still in expressive caricatures marked or rather underlined". Ma Desheng presented monumental bronze sculptures (exhibited for the first time) and acrylic felt-tip drawings in his exhibition at A2Z Art Gallery in early 2018. These are depersonalised figures that transcend the human condition and weave the links between the palpable elements (the earth), on which Man stands and grows, and the immaterial elements (the sky), with which Man rises and begins to dream (the sky).
For Ma Desheng, stone is the catalyst of all beings animated by energy, the witnessing support of eternity. This relationship, both physical and sensitive, carries the hope of eternal life: Harmony. This is where the Taoist philosophy on which the artist's thinking is based comes into play. Reflecting on artistic freedom, Ma Desheng is also famous for his sound poetry and performance readings, in which the voice plays as important a role as the words.
Ma Desheng exhibits around the world. Among his most recent solo exhibitions are: in 2020 "Au Coeur des Pierres", A2Z Art Gallery Paris. He also participates in numerous group exhibitions: Art Paris Art Fair 2021, Art 021, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, Shanghai, China, Art Paris Art Fair 2020, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, Asia Now Paris Art Fair 2020, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, Taipei Dangdai Art Fair, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei.
RU XIAO FAN
RU XIAO FAN is a contemporary artist, born in China during the cultural revolution - at the time of the hundred flowers, an important subject for the artist - who has lived in France since 1983.
Ru Xiao Fan was born in Nanjing in 1954. He graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Nankin (1982) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (1986). He was a guest artist at the Casa Velasquez in Madrid in 1988 and 1990. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1983.
After his arrival in France in 1983, Ru Xiao Fan started to make his first paintings with Chinese ink. "At that time, I was looking for my way. I was trying to establish a link between my learning of Chinese calligraphy and the history of Western art," explains the artist. From 1996 to 2000, Ru Xiao Fan produced his Hundred Flowers series, 100 oil paintings, in reference to the artistic and political censorship during the Cultural Revolution, which forced him to leave China. The artist invents his own floral language. His paintings show flowers as anthropomorphic, in groups or as extensions of the human body. From 2004 to 2009, Ru Xiao Fan created another series entitled Bubble Game, always in connection with the situation and evolution of China. Bubble Game is a series of hyper-realistic still lifes in which toys, faces and bubbles accumulate. The painter began this series at the time of the economic explosion in China, which he discovered in 2005, when he returned to his country for an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art. Ru Xiao Fan stages the desires we have for objects, at all ages and to the point of indigestion from overconsumption.
Since 2013, the artist has focused on the human condition. "It's like I've arrived in another, more meditative dimension. I paint still lifes under a bell, in a deceptively realistic way, like trompe l'oeil. I thought of a phrase from a philosopher who said that when God looks at humans thinking, he laughs." In his series Crown (symbol of power) the crown is systematically suspended above small theatres of characters. A metaphor for the threat, the control that power represents.
Ru Xiao Fan exhibits both in Europe and China.
From March 11 to June 8, 2020, the Guimet Museum in Paris gave Ru Xiao Fan 'carte blanche'. The artist had imagined for the MNAAG a pantheon of 72 deities, delicate, carved in Jingdezhen porcelain. The base of these sculptures is composed of bowls for baking The Song ovens that the artist discovered by chance ten years ago at a market in the city of Jingdezhen. The exhibition was postponed for health reasons from July 8 to September 21, 2020.
SHEN YUAN is a contemporary artist of Chinese origin. In 1985, she was part of the Xiamen Dada group, exploring avant-garde art under high political pressure. After the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, she joined her husband, the artist Huang Yong Ping, in Paris.
The Cernuschi Museum, Paris, will host a new creation by Shen Yuan: "Fragments de Memoire". It is the first contemporary installation presented in the renovated museum ; it will be visible from October 14, 2021 to January 30, 2022 in the Buddha Hall.
Shen Yuan was born in 1959 in Xianyou, China. She graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. She has lived in Paris since 1990.
At the beginning of 1989, Shen Yuan exhibited alongside 184 other avant-garde artists at the "Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition" at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Beijing. Since then, she has settled in Paris and her work has revolved around the difficulty of integration, particularly due to the language barrier. In 1994, she exhibited one of her most powerful works, "Perdre sa salive": large tongues of ice installed in a cellar that gradually melted, revealing their skeleton.
Shen Yuan's installations are spectacular and aesthetically pleasing, but at the same time they are also delicately sensitive. For her, "art means rebirth in a new body". There are two major elements in her work: the tongue and the hair. "Language has many levels of meaning and possibility. In art, there is a metaphorical sense of language, i.e. the physical and the spiritual. In my work, it is more about the spiritual," says the artist. Shen Yuan has also greatly magnified the long hair, a traditional image associated with women, using long cotton threads to describe it.
In March-April 2017, Shen Yuan had a retrospective exhibition entitled "Without Wall" at the Beijing Minsheng Art Museum. One of her works in this exhibition "I was seen, I was not obvious", was a metaphor for the problem of immigration in Europe. Blue-grey light boxes on the floor represented blue eyes and several breathless lifeboats.
WANG DU is a Chinese contemporary artist based in France since 1990. He made spectacular intallations.
Wang Du was born on December 25, 1956 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. He trained at the Guangzhou Fine Arts. In the 1980s, he became a professor of architecture and engaged in the avant-garde. He was a professor at the University of Paris VIII, the Beaux Arts de Brest and the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris. He has been living in France since 1990; he lives and works in Alfortville, near Paris. Wang Du is represented by the Laurent Godin Gallery.
Wang Du says, "I am media, I am reality, I am image." "I am the spokesman for reality and the masses," he added.
The artist is the author of spectacular installations. He dissects newspapers, examines TV, surfs the Internet. He retains the most amazing images, related to politics, showbiz or popular culture, and recycles them in 3D. The product is resin sculptures, massive, with provocative postures, astonishing expressions and garish colors; he uses plaster: "because we process information, it must be heavy to do, heavy to digest". He happily mixes the social anecdote and the major political event, and thus highlights the telescoping of the world of images; it denounces their power as well as their power of social, intellectual and economic manipulation.
Wang Du became known internationally at the 1999 Venice Biennale with an installation of 11 plaster sculptures entitled Flea Market. On a 9-metre long table, Monica Lewinsky, Yasser Arafat and Patrick Poivre d'Arvor stood side by side, a sort of reflection of the media telescoping of the time. As part of the Year of China in France in 2004, the Palais de Tokyo hosted the last stage of the Wang Du "parade", a tour/exhibition of the artist's installations shown in several French cities at La Criée in Rennes, the Rectangle in Lyon, and the Abattoirs in Toulouse, Nantes and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
At the end of 2016, Laurent Godin 2 gallery in Paris 13th presented Wang Du's "La Clinique du monde": the visitor was invited to enter a labyrinth of white veils that divided the exhibition into eleven rooms like so many hospital wards.
From October 7, 2017 to January 7, 2018, Wang Du presented "Disposable Reality (detail) 2000-2017", in Dijon, a work around the limited duration, which has become the norm for everything in our daily environment. Fifteen plaster sculptures - suspended from the ceiling - explored the consumerist notion of the disposable through various objects of the consumer society: a sports motorbike, a mobile phone equipped with rocket-like engines, a tin can or a woman wearing boxing gloves.
From 14 July to 23 August 2018, Wang Du with Chinese artist An Xiaotong were the subject of an exhibition entitled "Landscape" at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing Space II.
The exhibition, centered on landscape, showed how Wang Du and An Xiaotong understand the contemporary qualities of ancient landscape images in the context of our globalized society. For these landscapes, Wang Du took up the technique used in his previous work to translate 2D images into 3D images. He selected three classical ancient Chinese landscapes: Wang Ximeng's One Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains and Yan Wengui's Pavilions Along Mountains and Rivers from the Northern Song period, and Wu Yuanzhi's Red Cliffs from the Jin Dynasty, transforming them into 3D images and using glass.
Wang Du exhibits in France and Asia. His latest solo exhibitions include: 2021 "L'image au temps du négatif / positif", Galerie Baronian Xippas, Bruxelles, Belgium ; 2018, Tang Contemporary Art (Wang Du & An Xiaotong Dual-Solo Exhibition), Beijing; 2017-2018 "Disposable reality (detail) 2000-2017", Consortium Museum, Dijon, France; 2016 "La Clinique du monde", Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris 75013; 2012 "Image Absolueé, Armory Show, New York; 2011, "Image Absolue", Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris 75013.
Collective exhibitions: 2020-2021 "Alain Gautier" by Wang Du, "Regards hors champ et paysages", Agnès B., La Fab, Paris 75013
WANG KEPING is a contemporary sculptor of Chinese origin. Wood is one of his favourite materials. In 1979, he was one of the founders of the first Chinese artists' group Les Etoiles (Xing Xing), which also included Ai Weiwei. He was a redguard in 1966. He is internationally recognized on the contemporary art scene. In May 2011, a work entitled "Idol" fetched HK$920,000 (€89,000) at Christie's Hong Kong, during a sale of contemporary Asian art. In May 2016, another wooden sculpture 'Idol' sold for $90,120 at Christie's HK. With cumulative sales of €505,135, sculptor Wang Keping ranked 291st in Artprice's (Sales Product) world art market rankings in 2017/2018.
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Wang Keping was born in Beijing in 1949. In 1984 he was expelled from China and went into exile in France, where he has lived since then and in Paris since 1988. Wang Keping is a self-taught artist.
Wang Keping has a passion for nature and the body. His sculptures are essentially based on three themes: the woman, the bird and the couple. Wang Keping's works are often compared to those of artists such as Auguste Rodin or Henry Moore and especially Constantin Brancusi - an affiliation of which Wang Keping is proud.
The artist made his first works with wood in 1978. His first works, Silence (1978), a sculpture that has become emblematic of the resistance to the aesthetic canons advocated by the government (the sculpture represents a one-eyed face, deformed by a screaming mouth smothered by a cylinder), and Idol (1979), a caricatured bust of Mao, will force him into exile. They were exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in 1989.
After his arrival in France, Wang Keping abandoned his political subjects but not his living material, wood, to represent mainly the female body. Wang Keping's sculpture is both figurative and abstract, primitive and refined, using the carnal character of wood, underlined by the patina of fire. But he is constantly evolving, using bronze to perfectly show the veins of the wood. The artist is on an aesthetic and spiritual quest inspired by Taoist philosophy, the sculptures of the Han dynasty and the art of rural China.
The artist's most characteristic works today are his sculptures of voluptuous women with oversized breasts, "between the grotesque and the erotic", according to some; they could be seen in the exhibition "The Flesh of the Forests" at the Musée Zadkine in Paris in 2010. "People see this and they say 'ah, but you like women with big breasts,'" the artist confided. "But in life, it's the opposite. In sculpture, you have to have volume, you have to exaggerate. This is evidenced by his two monumental figures: "Youth" and "Maternity" exhibited in the Parc Monceau in front of the Cernuschi Museum as part of the "Chinese Artists in Paris" exhibition in 2011. "A strong sexual current also defines his male figures, and sometimes hybrids like "Adam and Eve" (2006), where an erection and the lips of a female sex cohabit. The artist's work 'Maternity' entered the permanent collection of the Musée Cernuschi in 2013, a gift from the sculptor. The exhibition presented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Brussels in 2018 was thus entitled 'Simplicity, Nature, Sensuality'. In 2016, the Aktis Gallery organised an exhibition "China Black", dedicated to Zao Wou-Ki and Wang Keping, two immigrant artists, as part of Asian Art in London.
The Zürcher Gallery has been promoting the artist's work since his arrival in France.
Wang Keping participated to Art Paris At Fair 2021, represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia.
WANG YAN CHENG
WANG YAN CHENG is a contemporary artist of Chinese origin. He is known as a great master of abstract painting – between abstraction and lyricism – like his illustrious predecessors, as for example Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun. His works are "a true symphony of matter, color, light and writing." In 2011, a painting by the artist sold at Christie's Hong Kong for $265,535 and in April 2014, another painting broke the record of $701,325 at Sotheby's Hong Kong.
Artist's blog: http://expertsgraphiques.free.fr/wang/index.php
The exhibition "Landscapes", presented at the headquarters of the Kering company (Pinault) in the chapel of the former Laennec Hospital, presents five large paintings including two paintings by Wang Yan Cheng from the Pinault collection, until June 2022.
Wang Yan Cheng was born in Guangdong Province, China, on 9 January 1960. He studied at the Shandong School of Art from 1978 to 1981, where he was trained in Western art. He graduated from the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts (1985). From 1986 to 1988 he was a researcher at the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China in Beijing. From 1991 to 1993 he studied art at the University of Saint-Etienne, in France. In 1995 he was a visiting professor at the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts and in 2003 at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. He lives between France and China.
"Everyone can take a journey into this artist's painting. We read the mystery of the universe," writes historian and art critic Lydia Harambourg on the site dedicated to the artist. "Wang Yan Cheng transcribes the secret breathing, the fleeting waves to say the immensity of the sky and that of the ocean [...]." Wang Yan-Cheng, a force that squirts towards the canvas in long convulsive spasms," Azart read in 2005. "We tend to put Wang Yan Cheng in the wake of Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh Chun. However, if we look closely, there is a big difference between these three. Zao Wou-Ki's abstraction is situated in the search for an elsewhere, a space of signs that would be immemorial, out of time, or even out of space; that of Chu Teh Chun made it a very important literary background. Despite its appearance, Zu's abstraction is in line with another classical Chinese poetic idea, which reaches a climax of expression in the best poems of the T'ang. Wang's abstraction is physical and visual above all", analysed Dong Qiang, poet and professor at Peking University, in 2007, in an article entitled 'The magician who knew how to remove the horizon'.
Among the many colours chosen by the artist is grey, which may remind us of northern China, with its oil fields, where his parents went into exile for political reasons. In his paintings, one can also see his Chinese calligraphic heritage, which he mixes with Western techniques.
In 2007, Wang Yancheng created a monumental painting for the Beijing Opera House.
Wang Yan Cheng participated in the first Chinese Contemporary Art Fair in Beijing in 1989. Since 1993, the artist has been exhibited both in France and abroad.
Recent solo exhibitions include: 2020 Micro e Macro, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy, Cosmogonie di colori, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence, Italy
WANG YU is a contemporary Chinese artist who has been living in France since 2001. The artist sublimates her painting work with a very personal technique that gives a somewhat unreal and pure aspect to her characters, especially nudes. She is also an engraver and this technique is important in the structuring of her work.
Wang Yu was born in Zuzhou (Liangsu) in China in 1973. She studied painting at the Nanjing School of Fine Arts (1991-1994) from which she graduated (1995). She also obtained a Master's degree in engraving. After teaching at the Shanghai School of Fine Arts, she moved to Paris in 2001 where she obtained a DEA in plastic arts from Paris I Sorbonne (2003). She lives and works in Paris/Montreuil.
Wang Yu studied Western painting at the Nanjing Fine Arts School - Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Matisse - an influence that is evident in her work. The artist uses a painting technique developed by herself, with the help of a major manufacturer, a "skin tone", a mixture of acrylic mediums. The artist paints "human-angels staged in a heavenly and earthly world in search of the life they desire". "Each individual has arrived beautiful as an angel, carrying his ideals and desires", says Wang Yu, "on earth, humanity takes over". The artist's colour work gives an almost immaterial aspect to these often naked angels, "the flesh appears soft, translucent, satin-gloss, thick and alive". The timelessness of Wang Yu's characters is one of the characteristics of her work. If some of his subjects are purely fictional, others have a symbolic meaning, even political for some of them. For example, "The Angel of Tahrir Square" refers to the events in Cairo, Egypt, during the Arab Spring revolution. The painting depicts an injured demonstrator being evacuated from Tahrir Square. Her subjects can also be erotic, such as 'Clouet', a representation of Gabrielle d'Estrées in the bath (1595), or religious.
Wang Yu has already had several solo exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions. The most recent are: in 2018 "À mains nues", Galerie Lazarew, Paris; in 2017 "Wang Yu, Le Mystère", Galerie Zürcher, Paris, "Wang Yu, Histoires d'Anges", Fondation RIcard, Paris, Galerie Teodora, Paris
WONG WA is a contemporary artist of Chinese origin living in France since 1984. His art is multiple between sculpture, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, cut papers, collages.
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Wong Wa was born in the coastal province of Fujian in 1953. He graduated from Fujian School of Fine Arts. In 1978, he decided to leave China for Hong Kong where he remained until 1984. While making advertising posters including cinema in Hong Kong, he also deepened his knowledge in the field of art, including calligraphy and seals. In 1984 he decided to emigrate again, to France. There he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the Ecole du Louvre. Currently he lives and works in Paris. He also teaches calligraphy and Chinese painting in various schools and institutions (Guimet Museum, Paris, Créteil, Angers).
From 1980, Wong Wa began to make his first series of sculptures. "Large chapters make up Wong Wa's sculptural work. It is almost always declined in series, bestiaries, anthropomorphic sculptures, masks, walls, totems, solitary riders which find life in wood, metal, plaster, ceramics, concrete "; the artist also tears or cuts the paper that he assembles into interesting collages. "One of the great founding series of Wong Wa's work is that of the Lone Rider, which he has declined in multiple forms and in different materials. The myth of the lone rider dates back to the Tang period. Together with Cervantes and his hero Don Quixote, he became one of the most famous literary myths in the world." This rider is also a symbol of the Western world for Wong Wa. He was indeed struck during his travels in Europe by the large number of equestrian statues in towns and villages. In his 'Ancient History' painting series, the artist mixes characters from the past in China and world political news, using here the caricatural form. His landscapes are both inspired by China and the West, the brush stroke and the use of ink being on the other hand the traditional Chinese technique. Wong Wa creates masks: made of wood, plastic, concrete and rusty scrap metal for his sculptures, and cut papers for which he is inspired by traditional opera or theater librettos. From spare parts of bicycles, he composes elegant sculptures. It also offers a game of "Chinese puzzles" with sculptures of a flamboyant red. Wong Wa finally testifies to his presence in France with his Series paper cut and impressionism or his Paper Paris.
Wong Wa's art testifies to an incessant back and forth between East and West, between figurative representation and abstract representation, between past and present. In his works, he "combines his research in the field of calligraphy (at the level of ideograms and techniques) with a conceptual research that links him to modern art". The artist learned from the great masters in the West, while still remaining imbued with the rich cultural, literary, aesthetic and philosophical tradition and in particular by the ancient philosophical current of Taoism. To date, Wong Wa has already created 6,000 works.
YAN PEI-MING is a contemporary Chinese artist widely recognized internationally. He has been living in France since 1983.
In 2018/2019,Yan Pei-Ming was in 217th place in Artprice's ranking of the top 500 contemporary artists in the world with cumulative sales revenues of $794,308. He was 60th in the Artprice 2020/2021 ranking with a turnover of $6,897,737 (30 lots sold). He occupied the 61st place in the Top 1,000 contemporary artists sold at auction by the Artprice Report - from 2000 to 2019 - with a turnover of $ 57,029,680 million.
According to Mutualart, Yan Pei Ming's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $278 to $2,043,863 USD, depending on the size and medium.
Exhibition by Yan Pei-Ming at Palais des Papes, Avignon, France, until 31 January 2022.
Another exhibition of Yan Pei-Ming will be presented at the Schlossmuseum, Linz, Austria, in 2022.
Yan Pei-Ming was born in Shanghai in 1960. In 1983, he arrived in France and settled in Dijon. He studied for five years at the School of Fine Arts in Dijon (1981-1986), then at the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris (1988-1989). In 1993 he was a boarder at the Villa Medici in Rome. He has been living in Dijon since 1982. He works in his studio in Dijon and Ivry-sur-Seine.
Yan Pei-Ming is a portraitist who is interested in current events. He grew up during the Cultural Revolution: "When I was little, I had two dreams: to draw movie posters or to make funeral portraits. Today, I merged... I started painting at 13, big portraits for propaganda, soldiers, workers and of course Mao Zedong, the great Helmsman."
An unprecedented exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Yan Pei-Ming was presented at the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France, from May 19 to September 6, 2021 (extended to 11 0ctober 2021). The exhibition entitled "Yan Pei-Ming – In the Name of the Father", brought together four decades of the painter's career.
Nearly 140 works by Yan Pei-Ming, from nearly 40 years of career, were exhibited at the Lambert collection in Avignon, from June 26 to September 26, 2021. Figures of Innocent X, Paul III, Bruce Lee, Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Kennedy or Mao, rubbed shoulders with portraits of men and women but also imaginary landscapes of exodus or representations of wild animals.
YANG JIECHANG is a contemporary Chinese artist. The artist was invited to exhibit his works in Paris in the exhibition of the Centre Pompidou in 1989, "Les Magiciens de la Terre". It was then that he decided to settle permanently in France.
With annual revenues of €523,927, Yang Jiechang ranked 275th/500 in the Artprice (Sales Revenue) ranking of the art market worldwide in 2013/2014. In April 2014, a work by the artist "Untitled" sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong for HK$500,000.
contact : https://jeannebucherjaeger.com/fr/artist/yang-jiechang/
Yang Jiechang was born in 1956 in Foshan City, near Guangzhou. He graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (Painting) (1982). From 1982 to 1988, he was a professor at the Canton Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1989 he has lived in Paris and Ittlingen, Germany. In 1992-1993 he was a fellow of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, and in 2003 he was a resident.
Taoism has given Yang Jiechang a mental and spiritual language from which he draws to build his work. He chose to renounce all representation, allusion, symbolism. He paints with Chinese ink and glued rice paper or Balorsian paper as an overlay; he uses mineral colours. After graduating from the Fine Arts School, Yang Jiechang studied Taoism with masters, in contrast to his communist teenage years; he was a member of the Guardians as a child. Today, Yang Jiechang's work continues to mix traditional Chinese modes of representation with the aesthetics of Western movements such as minimalism, conceptualism and abstraction.
While his work is inspired by the West, he uses typical Chinese materials such as silk, porcelain or Indian ink. He produced up to 3000 reproductions of human bones or skulls, painted on porcelain. In many of his works, Yang Jiechang offers the viewer a position that aims to transcend duality: there is neither traditional nor contemporary, nor Eastern, nor Western, nor politically correct nor subversive, nor beautiful nor ugly, nor good nor bad. The awareness of the existence of an intermediate position, of an alternative vision beyond the dialectical perception of the world, marked Yang Jiechang's way of thinking very early on and constitutes his strategy to relate to reality and life in a deeper way.
Since his emigration in 1989, Yang Jiechang has continued to work on a series of inks. In 2016, arndt Gallery in Singapore presented his work in an exhibition entitled '100 Layers of Ink'.
In 2021, Yang Jiechang particpaed to several group exhibitions including: Lisbon by Design, FIAC online Viewing Rooms.
YE XING-QIAN is a contemporary Chinese painter who has been living in France for more than 30 years.
Ye Xing-Qian was born in 1963 in Zhejiang Province, China. Self-taught, however, he studied in 2004 at the Nanjing Institute of Fine Arts in China under the direction of master Xhang Youxian, known for his traditional Chinese paintings. He lives and works in Montreuil, near Paris.
In 2008, he created a French Association of Contemporary Art, "Mille étoiles". He explains: "With my dual culture, Chinese and French, I wanted to promote exchanges between French artists and China." Ye Xing Qian is convinced that he can help young Chinese artists of China, too calibrated by conservative professors and having no sense of 'the artistic value of paintings'.
Ye Xing-Qian has been painting since the age of 5. At the age of 16, he earned his living by decorating temples and making calligraphy for funeral ceremonies and weddings. Arrived in Paris in 1982, at the age of 19, Ye Xing-Qian has not stopped painting ever since. In 1987 he exhibited for the first time in Paris as part of the 37th exhibition "Jeune Peinture, Jeune Expression". Then he sold his first painting in 1990, in Strasbourg. He has long worked with Chinese basic materials: Indian ink, watercolor on rice paper and bamboo paper. "His technique inherited from Chinese calligraphy frees himself from the rules and framework of shan sui painting to explore abstract and figurative abstraction. From absolute black to a thousand shades of gray, Ye Xing-Qian's brush gives life to dreamlike landscapes that are gradually becoming colored." In 2007, the artist began oil painting; he then entered the world of abstraction. which is why he is presented as one of the heirs of Zao Wou-Ki or Chu Teh-Chun.
Ye Xing-Qian gradually became known in China where he exhibits regularly, especially in national museums.
Among his solo exhibitions, let us mention the most recent: in 2021 "Ye Xing-Qian Temps retrouvé", Galerie Area, 75003, Paris Ye Xing Qian "Temps retrouvé" (Youtube video); in 2019 Exhibition at Liu Haisu Museum in Shanghai video, "YE Xing Qian at Ningbo Museum", Zhejiang Province, China, Exhibition at Guilin Museum, China.
ZAO WOU-KI is a contemporary artist of Chinese origin. He is considered one of the most illustrious representatives of lyrical abstraction. He has been a painter, a painter-cartoonist, an engraver, a lithographer and an illustrator. In May 2017, at Christie's Hong Kong, his work "29.09.64" (1964) reached a world record price of KHD 15.8 million (USD 19.7 million). New record in 2018 with "And the earth was without form" (1956) at Poly Auction's Spring 2018 auction: 1.8 billion RMB (234,677,513.98 €). On 27 May 2018, Zao Wou-Ki fetched HK$69.8m ($8.9m) at Phillips Hong Kong for his painting "04.01.79" (1979) and thereby dominated the day's sale. At Christie's on 26 May 2018, his painting '14.12.59' achieved $176.7m ($22.6m). Zao Wou-ki had the highest sales at Christie's and Phillips Hong Kong in May 2019. His 1987-1988 Triptych, Homage to Matisse and Manet, sold for HK$178,000,000 (nearly US$23m) on 25 May 2019 and the 8 paintings by the Franco-Chinese artist auctioned at Christie's together fetched $50m, or 45% of the total sale turnover.
Zao Wou-Ki was ranked third in Artprice's 2018 Sales Revenue ranking, just behind Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.
Zao Wou-Ki was born in Beijing on February 1, 1920. In 1935, at the age of 14, he passed the entrance exam to the Hangzhou School of Fine Arts where he studied for six years Western techniques (drawing, oil painting, perspective) and Chinese techniques (traditional painting, calligraphy) with Chinese and European teachers. He was appointed reader after six years of study. In 1948 he decided to settle in Paris, in the Montparnasse district. In 1980 he was appointed professor of mural painting at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (1980-1984). Pierre Soulages, Joan Miró, Henri Michaux were among his friends. He died on 9 April 2013 in Nyon (Switzerland).
Through his work, Zao Wou-Ki succeeds in synthesising the technical means of his Far Eastern heritage with the plastic and poetic ambition of Western lyrical abstraction.
He switched to abstraction using Indian inks and calligraphy. "Zao Wou-Ki, painter of elemental forces and the emergence of being, a life spent probing and scrutinising forms and meanings by throwing East and West together, a seeker of the absolute who encloses in colour the landscapes of the spirit, a shaman of initiations and metamorphoses", declares Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister, on the website of the Zao Wou-Ki foundation.
The work of Zao Wou-Ki is multiple in its expression: oils, watercolors, prints, ink, ballet decors for Roland Petit, ceramics, stained glass windows for a church in Indre et Loire, washes, lithographs, illustration of books, bottles of Champagne, etc. He also executed monumental works on commission, notably for his friend and fellow architect I.M Pei.
The last major exhibition dedicated to Zao Wou-Ki "Space is silence" was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in Paris from June 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019. It brought together for the first time a large number of polyptychs and large format paintings from the main European and Asian collections.
From May 19 to October 10, 2021,the Hotel de Caumont-Centre d'Art in Aix en Provence, France, presented an exhibition of nearly 90 works by Zao Wou-Ki, from 1935 to 2009.
ZHAO BIRU is a contemporary Chinese artist who arrived in France in 2004. She creates abstract compositions that show a great mastery of graphics.
Zhao Biru was born on June 3, 1974 in Changshu, in the province of Jiangsu, China. She studied at a very young age in the Fine Arts section of Nanjing High School. She obtained a master's degree in graphic design at the Institute of Design of Jiangnan University, Wuxi (1998). After a period of teaching at Jinling Keji University in Nanjing, she entered the Shanghai School of Fine Arts in 2003. In September 2004, she arrived in France where she joined the École supérieure d'Art et de Design d'Amiens. She graduated with a D.N.S.E.P (Diplôme National Supérieur d'Expression Plastique) in 2007. She currently lives in Paris.
Zhao Biru uses mixed media on paper for her mainly abstract ink paintings. She is one of the best Chinese graphic designers: as early as 1998, two of her posters were selected for the Beijing Design Museum and for the catalogue of the collective exhibition "the 100 best Chinese graphic designers of the 20th century". In 2006, Editions des Beaux Arts Populaires de Shanghai devoted a book to her work on ink. She says she is inspired by Chinese artists such as Si Lin Fengniam and Liu Haisu. She is also interested in the work of Marcel Duchamp, Pierre Soulages and Antoni Tàpies.
Since the end of the 1990s, Zhao Biru has participated in numerous exhibitions in China and Paris. In 2003 she had her first exhibition at the Art Scene China Gallery in Shanghai.
Her solo exhibitions include: 2021 Zhao Biru, galerie Looloolook, Paris 75001 ; 2020 solo exhibition, Espace des Femmes, Paris 75006 ; 2017 solo exhibition at Galerie Encre de Chine, Paris; 2014 Institut RICCI, Paris; in 2010, Galerie du Pont Rouge, Paris 75004; in 2009, Liu Haisu Museum, Shanghai, Galerie Naco, Shanghai; in 2007, Galerie Arteconte, 75006 Paris.
Zhao Biru has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, the most recent of which are: in 2020, Art en capital, Grand Palais, Paris ; in 2017 Exhibition "Troposphere" devoted to the works of Chinese artists settled in France after the year 2000, Espace 6B, Saint Denis, France; in 2016 Maison de notaires de Vitry sur Seine, "Venus De L'est, Inspirés Par L'ouest-Chinese artists in France", 5thBiennale d'art contemporain d'Allauch, France; Exhibition "Belle Chine", Shanghai Library; in 2014 'Mouvement, peinture chinoise contemporaine' Espace Jano Centre Sèvres 75006 Paris, Galerie Area, 75010 Paris, "Young Art Tapei", Taipei, "Art Karlsruhe", Germany ; in 2013 Exhibition "Encre" at the Encre de Chine gallery (collaboration with galerie peinture fraîche), Paris, "Chine Art" 2nd, Mairie du 13eme arrondissement in Paris ; in 2012, Atelier Visconti, 75006 Paris, Galerie Les Stèles, Huelgoat, France ; in 2011, Galerie Peinture Fraîche, 75007 Paris, "Grand marché d'art contemporain", Paris; in 2011, 2010 and 2009, Art en Capital, Grand Palais, 75006 Paris; in 2009 Exhibition "Ink" at the Liu Haisu Museum in Shanghai, Galerie Athena et Antichambre, 75013 Paris.