Tai Xiangzhou

1968, Yinchuan Ningxia China

Introduction

Tai was born in Ningxia Province to a scholarly family in 1968 and started studying calligraphy with Hu Gongshi since he was 7 years old. He graduated from the Department of Digital Media, Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand in 2001. Although he had a successful career in media design and conservation, he decided to further his studies in painting and received a Ph.D. from the Department of Painting, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2012. He layers different gray ink tones on silk to enrich the brushwork and to give a misty atmosphere similar to the vast universe.


He has had more than 30 solo and group exhibitions around the world, including New York, Seattle, United States; Wiesbaden, Germany; Maastricht, Netherlands; Shanghai, Beijing, China; Taipei, Hong Kong and Macau. His paintings have been collected by major museums worldwide including Brooklyn Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Seattle Art Museum; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C.; Arthur M Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Peking University; Zhonghua Book Company, Beijing; Exhibition Gallery of Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Macau.

 



BIOGRAPHY

1968      Born in Yinchuan, Ningxia Province, China

1975, 1979      Studied Chinese calligraphy with Hu Gongshi and Wang Wenjun

1987      Studied Chinese classics and calligraphy under Feng Qiyong

1991-1996      Studied the mounting and restoration of ancient Chinese calligraphy and painting under Cui Yurun and Li Zhenjiang

1999-2001      Department of Digital Media, Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand

2002      Artistic Director, hdtMEDIA, China

2003      Artistic Director, CCTV.com, China

2004      Founder and Executive Director, China Heritage Magazine

2006-2012      Ph.D., Department of Painting, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China     

2018                Gave speech at the Oxford China Forum "A New China", University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Present      Lives and works in Beijing, China

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016                        

  • Celestial Tales, Yi&C Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2015              

  • Celestial Tales, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, United States

2014                          

  • Knowing Heaven and Earth through Observation: Chinese Ink Paintings by Tai Xiangzhou, Exhibition Gallery of Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Macau

2013                          

  • Magnificence Within: New Ink Paintings by Tai Xiangzhou, Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, United States

2011                          

  • Homocentric Objective: Landscape Paintings of Tai Xiangzhou, Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Celestial Tales: Ink Paintings by Tai Xiangzhou, 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Beijing, China

          

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018   
  • Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamakazi and Jerry Yang, The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, US

  • Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes, Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, United States

2017                

2016                          

  • Experimenting China in Peru: APEC “Human and Nature” Art Exhibition, Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Lima, Peru
  • Asia Week New York, New York, United States
  • The 12th China International Gallery Exposition, China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China

2015             

  • Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Centre, Miami, United States
  • Seattle Art Fair, CenturyLink Field Event Centre, Seattle, United States
  • The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht Exhibition & Convention Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Shuimo: Ten Thousand Blossoms Spring, Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, New York, United States

2014                         

  • Shuimo/Water Ink: Enchanted Landscapes, Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, New York, United States
  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • As Above So Below: Exhibition of Contemporary Ink Art, The Fringe Club, Hong Kong
  • Asia Week New York, New York, United States

2013                          

  • Picturing Heaven and Earth: Landscape paintings by Zhang Hong & Tai Xiangzhou, 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Beijing, China
  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Shuimo/Water Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting, Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, New York, United States

2012              

  • Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • The Chinese Scholar: Ink Painting and Artwork, Fuller Building, New York, United States

2011                          

  • The Art of Writing: Contemporary Art from Three Cultures, Art Forum in der Kurhaus Kolonnade, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Ink Paintings by Liu Dan, Zeng Xiaojun & Tai Xiangzhou, Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, United States

2010                          

  • I Call the Shots of My Youth: “Giant Cup” Today National Art Students Annual Awards 2010, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • All About Paper, China Folk Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2009              

  • From Nature to Mind, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Ink Play: The 2nd Young Chinese and Korean Artists Exchange Exhibition, Korean Cultural Service in China, Beijing, China


SELECTED AWARDS

1986    First Prize, National Calligraphy Competition by University Students, China

1989    Second Prize, Beijing Calligraphy Competition by University Students, China

2001    “Highly Commended in Innovation”, Prize of the Industrial Panel Award, Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand

2010    Excellence Award, “Giant Cup” Today National Art Students Annual Awards 2010, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Brooklyn Museum, New York, United States
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, United States
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, United States
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, United States
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, United States
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, United States
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, United States
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, United States
Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing, China
Zhonghua Book Company, Beijing, China
Exhibition Gallery of Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Macau