Artist of the moment…..Qiu Zhijie

Qiu Zhijie was born in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China in the year 1969 and is a photographer, painter, printmaker, calligraphy writer, and installation artist.

A major theme of the artist’s photography work has to do with the overwhelming age of consumerism that now exists in China. In the gallery above you can view two images of this successful series, they are self portraits of the artist. Some times covered with writings or codes to symbolize that the individuality of human desire has been exchanged for a culture in which everyone wants the same few things. This series was titled “Tattoos.”

The artist has written several books dealing with art theory.

An interview with Qiu Zhijie from 2011. The interview is in Chinese with English subtitles:

The artist is currently a professor at the School of Inter-media Art of the Chinese Art Academy.

For his artistic education the artist earned a degree in printmaking from the National Academy of Fine Arts located in Zhejiang, Hangzhou.

Based out of Beijing, China.

In this clip we see a multi media work that incorporates text and a message about the virus that causes A.I.D.S.

Started exhibiting his work in 1992 with a very successful show in Hong Kong.

First solo show in the United States was in 2007.

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