Posts Tagged ‘Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts’

Artist of the moment…….Sheng Qi




Sheng Qi is a modern contemporary artist renown for his work with political activism and figure. Sheng Qi was born in Anhui Province in the year 1965. Sheng Qi is a painter, performance artist, and photographer.

Sheng Qi had a fantastic collegiate career studying in some of the world’s best institutions for art. Qi attended the Central Academy of Art and Design located in Beijing. Qi also lived and work in Italy for a few years before earning a M.F.A. from the Central Saint Martin’s Academy of Art and Design located in London, England.

In this clip we view Sheng Qi’s first solo exhibition in London, England:

Qi’s often paints with acrylics on canvas.

Price range information: Most works priced between $5,000 and $40,000.

The artist is now based out of Beijing, China.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Sheng Qi has a wonderful sense of design. The aspect of his artwork that I enjoy the most is his brush strokes.


Artist of the moment…..Photographer Hong Hao

Hong Hao is a fantastic contemporary Chinese photographer that enjoys digital effects and with photography to create unique Pop art statement on the current Chinese culture. Hong Hao was born in the year 1965 in Beijing, China. For his artistic education Hao attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts located in Beijing, China where he studied printmaking.

His first series of prints were silkscreen prints that resembled ancient Chinese maps.

Started to work with photographs in 1999. 2001 makes his first well received series with photographs, titled My Things. To make these images Hao uses hundreds of items that he scans onto his computer. He then manipulates the image so they all fit into a neat box. These are indeed a snapshot of consumer culture in China. His work is representational of the wants, needs, and desires of his culture. What a great idea!

Another series he has been working on more recently involves taking an image of ancient Chinese scrolls but inserting people from modern times onto the image. In this clip from a show we see some examples of this type of work. Pictures start at 47 seconds into the clip.

Other well received series include famous icons of China and another where Hong is usually seated at a luxurious poolside event with a servant enjoying the proceeds and profits of his artistic stardom. He is a great model of someone that has achieved world wide success and tries to capture for the viewer what life a the top is like.

Currently lives and works out of Beijing, China.

Price range information: Most works range between $5,000 and $30,000.


Artist of the moment… Zhan Wang

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $600,000.

Zhan Wang  is a fantastic artist  born in Beijing, China in the year 1962.  His first breakthrough came as an artist with a show dealing with the figure. Though he produced them in a traditional fashion the end result was quite unique in that Zhan Wang took the posed figure and then set them up in unlikely positions outside a building.

For his artistic education Wang attended Beijing Industrial Arts College. He then went on the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing where he studied sculpture.

Not only does Zhan Wang produce sculpture, but the artist also produces installations, video, and photography.

Here we see one of his signature floating stones. Very interesting and modern from the Singapore Biennale in 2008.

Zhan Wang  is renown for his work with stones that are sometimes called Scholar Rocks.  Here the artist concentrates on abstract shapes with a great amount of texture. The works are coated with chrome giving a modern touch to the rock shape.

Louis Vitton helped fund a project that was called My Personal Universe. Here a rock explosion was photographed and studied by the artist. With many assistants the project cost more than $60,000 and was funded by Vitton. In the clip below we revisit this project.

And to close with this wonderful clip from New York City from March of 2013 with more of Zhan Wang’s  stone art.

Zhan Wang lives and works out of Beijing, China.

Zhan Wang’s sculpture works were the first Chinese Contemporary pieces of sculpture to be purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Its great to see sculpture being taken to the more organized abstraction we see all around us. I also love the blend of materials, steel and chrome. Very modern but at the same time with such ancient subject matter.