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ZHUANG HONG YI In Bloom

Curated by ARIA art gallery Aria art gallery in collaboration with White Room Positano is proud to present the new work of Zhuang Hong Yi, author of internationally recognised artistic relevance, whose work moves with a fusion of ying and yang material, recalls the ancient Chinese tradition with a spirit of aesthetic western modernity. Zhuang Hong Yi is a contemporary artist who represents beauty and elegance to a high level of perfection. In his style you can recognize the characteristics of the Chinese cultural background elegantly combined with a strong western allure, as a result of his upbringing and education in China at the Sichuan Fine Art Institute, combined with his international experience since 1992, when he moved to the Netherlands to the Minerva Academy of Visual Arts, where he settled with his wife Luluo, who is also an artist. He took this path after completing his studies in post-Mao China where strong signs of change could be felt, but society continued to be torn between hope and fear, between tradition and modernity, where artistic training could not deviate much from the traditional rules of the academy. Zhuang felt himself strongly attracted by the western world, where he pursued an independent artistic career to express himself in the most individual way, turning to Europe where at the time contemporary art was more interesting and authentic compared to China where, even though it may seem strange, buyers requested more traditional goods and for that reason the traditional products were more “commercial�. Therefore what he sought in Europe was not a new ideology but rather the mental freedom to produce works according to his pure expressive energy, to build a career based on the traditions of his native country, now shaped by the meanings of colors and materials, analyzing the space separating form from content; as a visual artist, he believes that the aesthetic power is the most powerful, basing himself on the belief that the expressiveness of images begins with their appeal. After many years living in Europe, Zhuang has not weakened his ties with China. In fact he still has his studio in Beijing, where he goes a couple of times a year to work, immersed in his culture of origin; Chinese folk art, its materials and how they are used, provide him with an inexhaustible source of inspiration to gather new ideas. Zhuang’s paintings are often characterized by a bold and surprising mix of bright colors and are made of mysterious layers of images. All his work is attractive and seductive, his paintings turn almost into sculptures given their tridimensionality and reflect his desire to evoke in the viewer a magnetism between the tactile and the delicate floral forms, made one by one from rice paper, through vibrant colors that are mixed dynamically between texture and brightness. Renewal and tradition can so go hand in hand, in a dialogue between traditional canons and contemporary conceptualism.


ZHUANG HONG YI In Bloom

A cura ARIA art gallery Aria art gallery in collaborazione con White Room Positano è lieta di esporre i nuovi lavori di Zhuang Hong Yi, autore dalla rilevanza artistica internazionale, le cui opere mosse in una fusione tra ying e yang materico, tramandano l’antica tradizione cinese attraverso lo spirito di modernità estetica occidentale. Zhuang Hong Yi è un artista contemporaneo che rappresenta bellezza e raffinatezza con un alto livello di perfezione. Nel suo stile si possono riconoscere le caratteristiche del background culturale cinese elegantemente combinate con una forte allure occidentale, quale risultato della sua educazione ed istruzione in Cina presso lo Sichuan Fine Art Institute unita alla sua esperienza internazionale a partire dal 1992, quando si trasferì nei Paesi Bassi presso la Minerva Academy of Visual Arts, dove si stabilì con sua moglie Luluo, anch’essa artista. Questo percorso venne da lui intrapreso dopo gli studi compiuti in Cina nell’era postMao dove si percepivano forti segni di cambiamento, ma la società continuava ad essere combattuta tra speranza e paura, tra tradizione e modernità, dove la formazione artistica non poteva scostarsi molto dalle regole dell’accademia tradizionale. Zhuang si vide dunque fortemente attratto dal mondo occidentale, dove perseguire una carriera artistica indipendente per esprimersi in modo più individuale, volgendo verso l’ Europa dove ai tempi l’arte contemporanea era più interessante ed autentica rispetto invece alla Cina dove, anche se può sembrare strano, i compratori richiedevano dei manufatti più tradizionali e per questo le produzioni erano più “commerciali”. Ciò che cercava in Europa dunque non era una nuova ideologia bensì la libertà mentale di produrre opere secondo la sua pura carica espressiva, per costruire una carriera artistica basata sulle tradizioni del suo paese nativo, ora plasmate sui significati della colorazione e i materiali, analizzando lo spazio che divide la forma dal contenuto; come artista visivo egli ritiene che il potere estetico sia il più potente, basandosi sulla convinzione che l’espressività delle immagini inizia con il loro appeal. Dopo molti anni di residenza in Europa, Zhuang non ha indebolito i suoi legami con la Cina, infatti ha ancora il suo studio a Pechino, dove si reca un paio di volte l’anno a lavorare, immerso nella sua cultura d’origine; l’arte popolare cinese, i suoi materiali e come vengono utilizzati, gli forniscono un’inesauribile fonte di ispirazione dove raccogliere nuovi spunti. I dipinti di Zhuang sono molto spesso caratterizzati da un mix audace e sorprendente di colori brillanti, e vengono composti attraverso delle misteriose stratificazioni di immagini. Tutto il suo lavoro è invitante e seducente, i suoi dipinti volgono quasi in sculture data la loro tridimensionalità e riflettono il suo desiderio di evocare nell’osservatore un magnetismo tra la tattilità e la delicatezza delle forme floreali, realizzate una ad una in carta di riso, attraverso vibranti colori che si amalgamano dinamicamente tra texture e luminosità. Rinnovamento e tradizione posso così andare mano per mano, in un dialogo tra canoni tradizionalisti e il concettualismo contemporaneo.


Untitled #1 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 100 x 100 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2011


Untitled #2 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 100 x 100 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2011


Untitled #3 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 150 x 200 cm Year: 2011


Untitled #4 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 70 x 90 cm Year: 2012


Untitled #5 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 100 x 100 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2011


Untitled #6 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 90 x 70 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2012


Untitled #7 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 100 x 100 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2011


Untitled #8 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 70 x 90 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2011


Untitled #9 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 70 x 90 cm Year: 2011


Untitled #10 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 120 x 150 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2012


Untitled #11 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 120 x 180 cm Year: 2012


Untitled #12 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 100 x 100 cm, with plexiglass frame Year: 2012


Untitled #13 Tecnique: Rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas Size: 65 x 65 cm Year: 2010


ZHUANG HONG YI 1962-ShiChuan. China Education 1982-1986

SiChuan College of Fine Arts, ChongQin - China

1992-1996

Academy Minerva, Groningen - Nederland

2005-2006

Teaching in De Vrij Academy DenHaag - Nederlands Living and working in Holland & BeiJing - China

Selected solo exhibition 1993

Gallery Waalkens, Finsterwolde - Netherlands Gallery Anderwereld-Katuin, Groningen - Natherlands

1997

Gallery Waalkens, Finsterwolde - Netherlands Gallery Nanky de Vreeze, Amsterdam - Netherlands Gallery Patrick Gaultier,Quimper - France

1998

Gallery Anderwereld-Katuin, Groningen - Netherlands

1999

Gallery Beeld & Aambeeld, Enschede - Netherlands Foundation de Boer Waalkens, Finsterwolde - Netherlands

2000

Gallery Nanky de Vreeze, Amsterdam - Netherlands

2001

Gallery Cum Laude, Mol - Belgium Groninger Museum, Groningen - Netherlands Project”Het Traject”(with LuLuo) - organize by: - Foundation Studio ’92 Eext - Netherlands - Stedelijk Museum, Zwolle - Netherlands - The Centre For Contemporary Art, Deventer - Netherlands - OCBK, Zwolle - Netherlands - Gallery Beeld & Aambeeld, Enschede - Netherlands

2002

De Boterhal, Hoorn - Netherlands

2003

Gallery Nanky de Vreeze, Amsterdam - Netherlands Art Contemporary Century Dordrecht - Netherlands Gallery Beeld & Aambeeld, Enschede - Netherlands Gallery Arti Capelli, Den Bosch - Netherlands Gallery Le Besset, st.Jeure d’Andaure - France

2004

Gallery Vrij Academie, DenHaag - Netherlands Gallery Le Besset, st.Jeure d’Andaure - France

2005

Gallery Krijger + Katwijk, Amsterdam - Netherlands Gallery Arti capeli, Den Bosch - Netherlands Gallery Seasons, Den Haag - Netherlands

2006 2007

Gallery Willem Kersboom. Amsterdam - Netherlands Gallery Majke Husstege, DenBosch - Netherlands Gallery Seasons. DenHaag - Netherlands You Gallery, BeiJing - China Osage Gallery. HongKong - China Groninger Museum, Groningen - Netherlands

2008

Gallery Krijger Katwijk, Amsterdam - Netherlands Gallery Majke Husstege, Den Bosch - Netherlands

2009

Seasons Gallery, Den Haag - Netherlands C Space Gallery, BeiJing - China Gallery Ralph Schriever Dusseldorf - Germany Gallery Roger katwijk, Amsterdam - Netherlands Houses of Art Marbella - Spain Gallerie Ralph Schriever, Koln - Germany

2010

Robinsons Art Gallery, Knokke Zoute - Belgium Museum Zoetermeer - Netherlands Gallerie Ralph Schriever, Koln - Germany Keszler Gallery, New York - U.S.A.

2011

gallery Seasons, Den Haag - Netherlands Gallery Roger katwijk,Amsterdam - Netherlands

Selected group exhibitions 1997 Cow-drowing-day, Finsterwolde - Netherlands 1999 Westfries Museum, Hoorn - Netherlands Kunsthal Roterdam, Rotterdam - Netherlands 2001

ChenDu Biennale, ChengDu - China

2002

Groninger Meuseum, Groningen - Netherlands

2003

Gallery Art & Henle, Barlin - Germany Group Show in Poland, by Gallery EM - Netherlands - Gallery Wizytujaka, Warszawa - Poland - Gallery Miejska ARSENAL w Poznaniu - Poland - Gallery Sztuki Wspolczesnej w Lodzi - Poland - Salon Sztuki Wspolczesnej w Bydgosczy - Poland - Gallery Bielska BWA w Bielsku - Poland

2005

Rai Amsterdam, Netherlands

2006

Ticket to Beijing, Amsterdam - Netherlands Rai Amsterdam - Netherlands Rai Amsterdam - Netherlands “Start from XiNan”, China GuangZhou Museum Rai Amsterdam - Netherlands Pan Amsterdam - Netherlands “empty city”ShangHai YuanGong Museum - China “Art is nothing?” Beijing - China

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Rai Amsterdam - Netherlands Pan Amsterdam Art HongKong, HongKong - China Art Basel Scope, Basel - Switzerland Art Fair Koln, Koln - Germany Gallery Keszler, New York - U.S.A. Art Hampton’s, Gallery Keszler, New York - U.S.A. Experirnse/Gorgeous, BeiJing - China Keszler Gallery, New York - U.S.A. Museum Kampen - Netherlands Rai Amsterdam - Netherlands Pan Amsterdam - Netherlands Art Paris - France Art Amsterdam - Netherlands Flora Bigai art gallery, Pietrasanta (LU) - Italy Gallery Willy Schoots, Eindhoven - Netherlands


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In Bloom