Posts Tagged ‘Beijing’

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………..Ai Jing




Ai Jing is a well known Chinese pop star who also became an artist.

The artist was born in Shenyang, Liaon Provice, in China the year 1969. Ai Jing attended the Shenyang School of Art studying painting. Her father was a musician and her mother sang opera music.

In this clip we view a show from 2012 about Ai Jing:

Ai Jing is a master at using text and mixed media.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Ai Jing has also appeared in three movies.

She relocated to New York City in 1997.

If you enjoy this artist’s use of text as art be sure and check out my post on artist Mel Bochner.



Artist of the moment……..Chen Chi


Chen Chi was a wonderful painter born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China in the year 1912. Chen Chi was renown or his landscape paintings.

The artist began to show his work when he was 28 years of age.

Chi came to the United States in 1947 and lived in New York City.

Chen Chi was elected to the National Academy of Design.

Over his career he worked as an illustrator for some well known publications including Sport’s Illustrated.

Chen Chi also published many books of his artworks. He worked in oils and watercolors.

Chen Chi passed away in 2005.

Two cities have Chen Chi museums, Beijing and Wuxi, China. Wuxi was his birthplace.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. Chi worked in watercolors, oils, and ink.




Artist of the moment………Ai Xuan


Ai Xuan is the half brother to the more famous artist Ai Wei Wei. Ai Xuan was born in Jinhau, China in the year 1947.

For his artistic education Ai Xuan attended the China Central Academy of Fine Arts located in Beijing, China.

Ai Xuan works in oils and watercolor and inks. When he was at his peak, Ai Xuan was  still a slower paced painter, finishing around 12 canvases per year. As he has aged he only completes around 2 pieces per year in oils. Ai Xuan paints much faster using the mediums of ink and watercolor.

Price range information: Works range from $50,000 to more than $5 million at auction.

In this clip we view Ai Xuan’s most celebrated work, his work with children.

Another family of awesome artists!


Artist of the moment…..Huang Yan

Huang Yan was born in Jilin Province, China in 1956. Huang Yan is renown for his contemporary painting and photography skills. One of his best acclaimed series was titled Chinese Landscapes. This involved using the human skin for a canvas and covering it with ink (tatoos) that represented the traditional Chinese landscape.

For most of his works the artist focuses on a certain time period in Chinese history, that of the Song Dynasty. What is most enjoyable about this is that ancient Chinese art focused on a mood, atmosphere, or certain elements like water. His works incorporate the human figure into a time period in which the human figure was usually absent. Very unique and creative. An artistic photoshop if you will! In the Chinese culture nudity and the human figure is just beginning a slow evolution into acceptance into main stream society.

In this clip we visit  a show from 2007.

Huang Yan is also a writer an talented poet. Another great reason to follow this artist is that he has written books celebrating other contemporary Chinese artists.

The artist is similar to rebel artist Ai Weiwei in that he looks to push society and current culture to the limit. One photograph that brought ridicule was of a naked woman running across the Great Wall of China! What a daring statement by an artist from the Chinese culture.

His wife is also a renown artist named Zhang Tiemei. She also has a unique style incorporating the human figure and the traditional Chinese landscape. Below an example of her work.


The couple live and work out of Beijing, China.

price range information: Works range from oils that cost between $2,000 and $10,000. Photographic prints range $5,000 to $75,000. The artist has also done some porcelain works but not enough are available to form a pricing schedule.

Huang Yan has been a guest lecturer at Changchun University located his home province of Jilin. The university has around 13,000 students.

Great to see so many current artists are both accomplished painters and photographers.


Artist of the moment…..Liu Baomin

Liu Baomin is a wonderful contemporary artist renown for his work with the figure in a very abstract style. Liu Baomin  was born in Xian, Shaanxi province, China in the year 1968. Baomin’s style gives the viewer plenty of action and movement to keep the eye busy as you focus on a head that appears to be covered with layers of water or perhaps a sheet of plastic. For his artistic education Baomin earned a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts located in Xian, China.

price range information: Newer works at auction are bringing in nearly $50,000. No prints are available.

The process is very time consuming and the artist produces only 3 to 4 works per year.

Most of these works fall under the Extreme Illusion series. These works, which can take years to finish, have been very successful at auction world wide.

Baomin lives and works out of Beijing, China.

In his artist statement Baomin tells us his works are to evoke the viewer to take a look at themselves as if they were the face they were looking at. Similar to many Eastern artists Baomin is trying to show the disappointment and various emotions people show as they are caught up in attaining materialistic goals and trying to fit into a more Western world.  These artists all seem to have one goal in mind, that people enjoy living in a consumer driven society, but what cost does this society do to the many people caught up in their dreams.

Its a very thought provoking idea to bring consumerism into this picture. Are we interested in people for their thoughts, or for the consumer brands they represent. Are we interested in the person, or the distorted person more?

Wonderful questions to contemplate whilst looking at this fine painter!



Artist of the moment…..Lu Peng

Lu Peng is a Chinese artist born in Beijing, China in  the year 1967. For his artistic education Lu Peng attended the Beijing Teachers Training College for his bachelor degree. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.  As far as a style of painting  Lu Peng is both a Surrealist and a Pop Artist. His large scale canvas work combines the figure with popular flowers of China.

One well received series dealt with the night life of Beijing, China. Again, many other Chinese artists have worked with this genre but Lu Peng enjoyed it because during this time people really become them selves when the sun goes down.

For his mediums Lu Peng works often with watercolor or ink on paper.

As with many Contemporary Chinese painters Lu Peng enjoys tackling the many changes taking place in the Chinese society. Similar to other artists who have worked with the theme of commercialism rather than Communism.

price range information: Works range from $30,000 to $70,000.

Here we see the artist working live!

In this clip we see the artist’s famed character Qoobee. He is the creator of the idea and the founder of the company.

And here a link to the facebook page for QooBee.

What a wide range of output by the artist. Exciting and dynamic line work of the modern comic strip style, or the wonderful blended color and lovely fauna painted by Peng in his more realistic works.



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.


Artist of the moment…..Zao Wou- Ki

Zao Wou- Ki was born in 1920 in Beijing, China and would go on to become a force in the art world renown for his work done in an abstract style. As a child he studied calligraphy. His first wife was also an artist, a song composer. For his artistic education Wou- Ki attended the Chinese Academy of Fine Art.

Zao Wou- Ki was a member of the Academie des Beaux Arts.

In the mid 1950s he divorced his wife and visited the States in 1957.

Shortly after he found his next wife, Zhu Ying, who was a movie star. Later she became a sculptor receiving critical acclaim. At her peak, she committed suicide.

A main influence on the artist was Paul Klee. Below an example of Klee’s work. Other influences were Picasso, Cezanne, and Matisse.


Price range information. Auction record was set in 2011 at $8,864,000. Already has had five works break the $1 million mark in 2013.

Here we see a brief interview with the artist. He also gives remarks about the use of space in both eastern and western painting.

Montage of works by Zao Wou- Ki.

Zao Wou- Ki passed away in April of 2013 at the age of 93 years old.

I have never seen this artists work in person, but even on a monitor his use of space is a done at a master level. A space that is very small, seems very open and large. Wonderful compositions and use of color! Zao Wou- Ki was a master of abstraction!


Artist of the moment…..Wang Guangyi

A trip to the artist’s studio.

Wang Giangyi is a Chinese and French painter born in 1957. Guangyi is renown for mixing eastern symbols like a chinese soldier alongside a highly recognizeable logo like coca cola or chanel 5.
For his collegiate studies he attended Zhejiang Academy of Art. He had a dream of going to college, but it was delayed and he went to work in state sponsored railway system.

The symbols he uses to represent China are those used by the Communist party and seen in mainstream society back in the 1970s.
Price range information: A work of Mao by the artist broke the 4 million dollar barrier at auction in 2007.
Avoids the media and is quite reclusive. Lithographs range $10,000 to $25,000.
He grew up poor and is now one of China’s wealthiest artists. An interesting change in China right now is at least questioning the authorities and not getting locked up. The negative reader would respond by mentioning Ai WeiWei. Artists like Guangyi have been accepted by the ruling class and now incredible wealth and social status.

Based out of Beijing, China.