Luo Qi

1960, Hangzhou China


Born in 1960 Hangzhou, Luo Qi is a founder and leading figure of the post-modern calligraphy movement Calligraphyism, formed in Mainland China in the 1980s. This group of Chinese artists attempts to transform Chinese calligraphy into a contemporary idiom, challenging its aesthetic style and semantic function. He graduated from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 1986, having majored in etching, before working as a lecturer at the same academy. In 2001, he won the painting award at the Third Florence International Contemporary Art Biennial. He was also a finalist at The First Ten Years: Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition, and won the Contemporary International Art Award at the Fujisan International Ink Painting Exhibition in Japan in 2004. He was appointed Director of the Calligraphyism Art Institute in Hangzhou in 2009, and established the Luo Qi International Contemporary Art Museum in Zhejiang in 2013. Lars Berglund writes that the artist “never abandons his heritage in calligraphy and ink painting… he still maintains that the ideas behind his abstract works are purely Chinese.”  

He has had numerous major exhibitions across the globe, including in the United States, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, China, and Hong Kong. His work was also included in the important modern calligraphy exhibition Writing Non-writing at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 2015. Alisan Fine Arts held solo exhibitions for Luo Qi in 2004, 2006 and 2009, and exhibited his works in the group show Tracing the Brush: Transformed Text at Ink Asia 2015. His works have been collected by The Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Boston University; Yale University Art Gallery; Cleveland Public Library; University of Genoa; Malmö Modern Art Museum; Lund University, Sweden; National Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg.


1960   Born in Hangzhou, China

1986   Graduated from China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, majoring in etching

1986-96   Lecturer at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

1996   Editor/Associate Professor, China Academy of Art Press, Hangzhou, China

1999-00   Lectured at Milan Academy of Fine Arts, Genova University, Asia-Pacific Archive, Italy; 
Seattle Communication College, WA; International Art Center, Washington DC, USA

2000-01   Visited Columbia University, Harvard University, Washington University, USA; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; Academy of Fine Arts, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; China-France Cultural Art Association, Paris, France; National Art Gallery, Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg

2001   Invited by Genova University and Asia-Pacific Contemporary Art Committee to organize exhibitions The Asian Art of Writing & Photography in China

2005   Chief editor, Art Riches Magazine, Hangzhou, China
Visited Academy of Art, Ewha Women's University, Korea

2006   Visited National Art Gallery, Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg; East-Asian Museum, Lund University, Sweden

2008   Paris Fashion Week 2008/09 Autumn/Winter, Louvre, France

2009   Director of Calligraphyism Art Institute, Hangzhou, China

2013   Established Luo Qi International Contemporary Art Museum, Zhejiang, China 
2018  Lectured at Bologna University, Bologna, Iltay



  • Lucky + Eight Thousand Carol, Carclew House, Kaurna Country, South Australia
  • 12+Lucky, Boccioni Artistic School, Milan, Italy


  • Lucky: Abstract Expressionism vs Contemporary Calligraphy, Ninbella Contemporary, Australian Art Gallery, Unley City, Australia
  • 53th Street Arts Centre, Milan, Italy
  • Harbour Office, Port de Saint Pierre, France
  • Mauritius Art Museum, South Africa
  • Luo Qi, Calligraphy-painting, Cleveland Public Library, Ohio, USA
  • Calligraphy-painting Solo Exhibition Luo Qi, Art Channel, Beijing, China
  • Poetry, Oil on Canvas Exhibition Luo Qi, Shain Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Hat Tai, Solo Exhibition Luo Qi, Siam Art Museum, Thailand
  • Art from China, Works by Luo Qi, National Art Gallery, Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg  
  • Luo Qi, Calligraphy-Painting, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Luo Qi, Tung Wen Margue, China-Luxembourg Artist, Art Channel, Beijing, China
  • Luo Qi, Oil on Canvas and Ink Painting, Qin Hao Gallery, Beijing, China
  • Poetry, Luo Qi, Oil on Canvas Solo Exhibition, Shan Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Traveling exhibitions American Diary, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, USA
  • Canadian Diary, University of British, Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Poetry: Recent Work by Luo Qi, Shanghai Art Exhibition Center, China
  • Sound and Fragrance are Wafting over the Evening, concert performance by an American musician accompanying an exhibition of Luo Qi's abstract oil paintings, Zhejiang International Exhibition Centre, China
  • Woodcarving by Luo Qi: Landscapes, University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
  • Works by Luo Qi, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China


  • The Voice of the Brush Part 1, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • The Music of Ink - Calligraphies by Luo Qi and Silvio Ferragina in Dialogue, with the Chinese archive collection of the Braidense Library, Braidense National Library of Sala Maria Teresa, Milan; Bologna University, Bologna, Iltay
  • Recent Works, by 5 artists, PSU Art Gallery, Prince of Songkla Uniersity, Songkla, Thailand


  • Connections Mauritius China: Angel Angoh & Luo Qi, Fort Adelaide, Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Exhibition of Asian, African and Mediterranean Art, Liangzhu Centre of Arts, Hangzhou, China



  • Guangdong Contemporary Art Exhibition, 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
  • Hong Kong International Arts & Antiques Fair, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hong Kong
  • Another Look-China, Washington DC International Exhibition Hall, USA
  • Visual Encounter International Group Exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Kaifun-Taipei International Calligraphy Biennial Exhibition 2007, Gallery of Huafan University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • China, Japan and Korea Contemporary Abstract Oil Painting Exhibition, Kyushu Art Museum, Kyushu, Japan
  • Modern Calligraphy Exhibition, Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • Asian Modern Print Exhibition, China Seal Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • The Second Ten Years: Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition, Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China
  • Asian-African International Modern Art Exhibition, Bali Art Centre, Indonesia
  • Asian Printed Arts Exhibition, China Yinxue Museum, China
  • The Act of Writing and Non-writing: The Open Space for Chinese Calligraphy: International Exhibition of Modern Calligraphy, Zhejiang West Lake Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • Contemporary Chinese Art, Ewha Women's University, Seoul, Korea
  • The First Ten Years: Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition, China 
  • 3rd Asia-Pacific International Biennial, Genova National Contemporary Art Museum, Genova, Italy
  • Chinese Abstract Writings, Hong Kong
  • 3rd Florence Biennial, Florence Contemporary Art Museum, Florence , italy
  • Contemporary Chinese Art, Helsinore Munkeruptus Gallery, Copenhangen, Denmark; Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • New Chinese Paintings, Shanghai Art Museum, China
  • 2000 International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
  • Contemporary Chinese Art, University of Kansas, Kansas, USA
  • New Wave: Seoul International Exhibition, DOUL Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
  • An Approach, Contemporary Art: Six-Man Art Exhibition, Seattle Centre for Culture & Art Exchange, Seattle, USA
  • Dialogues-1999, Beijing International Art Museum, Beijing;Taida Modern Art Museum, Tianjin, China
  • Asia-Pacific International Biennial Art Exhibition, Genova National Contemporary Art Museum, Genova , Italy
  • An Art Exhibition Opening, Leguria, Genova Duke Museum, Genova, Italy
  • 1999 Asian Modern Art Invitational Exhibition, Seoul Art Museum, Korea
  • Into the New Century,1979-1999 Chinese Art Invitational Exhibition, Sichuan Modern Art Museum, Sichuan, China
  • Mondrian In China, Beijing International Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
  • Brushwork: Contemporary Chinese Art, Malmö Modern Art Museum, Malmo, Sweden
  • Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Abstract and Neo-Abstract, Nice International Exhibition Hall, Nice, France
  • The Many Facets of Abstraction, Brussels Modern Art Museum, Brussels, Belgium
  • Southeast Modern Artists Invitational Exhibition, Bangkok International Art Center, Bangkok Thailand
  • A New Era, Vienna Modern Art Museum, Vienna, Austria
  • Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Chinese Art of the Future, Berlin World Culture & Art Cenrer, Berlin, Germany
  • International Peace Culture Festival, Seoul International Culture & Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
  • Seoul 600th Anniversary Modern Asian Art Invitational Exhibition, Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • 1993 International Calligraphy Exhibition, Henan Art Museum, Zhengzhou, China
  • Modern Asian Art Invitational Exhibition, Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • Two Coasts Modern Art Exchange, Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan
  • 2nd Contemporary Chinese Art Documentary Exhibition, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
  • Modern Art of China, Korea and Japan, Shizuoka Art Museum, ShizuokaJapan
  • Modern Chinese Art, Gifu Art Museum, Gifu, Japan
  • Young Chinese Artists’ Etchings, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Art & Culture Exchange, HHY Gallery, Paris, France
  • Special Exhibition: In Memory of Hugo, French Culture & Art Centre, Paris, France
  • Contemporary Chinese Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • Modern Chinese Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • International Etching Exhibition, German Cultural Centre, Berlin, Germany
  • Chinese Etching, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Six-man Etching Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
 Winner of "The Most Beautiful Book" in China, China

2004   Nomination The First Ten Years: Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition
           China Contemporary International Art Award, Fujisan International Ink Painting Exhibition, Japan
2001   Painting Award, 3rd Florence International Contemporary Art Biennial, Italy
           International Art Contribution Award, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand


The Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Hillel House, Boston University, Boston, USA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA

Asia-Pacific Art Centre, Pasadena, USA

Cleveland Public Library, Ohio, USA

FBVA Foundation for the Humanities, France

Art Association of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

Contemporary Asia-Pacific Art Archives, Italy

Genova University, Genova, Italy

Malmö Modern Art Museum, Malmo, Sweden

Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Research Institute for East-Asian Culture, Berlin, Germany

National Art Gallery, Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg

RTESN Gallery, Netherlands

Novonordisk Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Eastern Art Museum, Japan

Netherlands Consul General in Shanghai, China

Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary Center, Beijing, China

Oriental Plaza, Beijing, China

Grand Hyatt, Beijing, China

Consul General of France in Hong Kong

It is I: Poems without Words by a Practitioner of Calligraphism: Luo Qi, Lijiang Publishing House, Gualin, China, 2018
Luo Qi Art Anthology - Luo Qi in Milano, Sala Boccioni, Lijiang Publishing House, Gualin, China, 2017
The Silk Road NoteLijiang Publishing House, Gualin, China, 2017
Gandhara, Lijiang Publishing House, Gualin, China, 2016
The Ink Opera, Lijiang Publishing House, China, 2016
Luo Qi: Calligraphy-Painting, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 2006

Consciousness - Luo Qi’s Works, Malaysia Modern Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2006

Drawing Music, Guangxi Normal Press, Nanning, China, 2006

A Collection of Essays on Calligraphyism – A Conceptual Art (Chinese), China Academy of Art Press, Hangzhou, China, 2001

Calligraphy and Contemporary Art, China Academy of Art Press, Hangzhou, China, 2001

Luo Qi, Poetry, Shan Gallery Art Press, Shanghai, China, 2000

1994-1998 Chinese Artst• Luo Qi, Hangzhou, China, 1998