Lan Zhenghui

1959 Sichuan China

Introduction

Lan Zhenghui originally went to college to study engineering, however, in a brief yet impactful moment of observing colour combinations on some small labels, he changed course and switched direction toward art. He was accepted a few years later by the prestigious Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, from which he graduated in 1987. He then taught at Chongqing University until 1993, before devoting himself full-time as an artist, reaching a pivotal point in his career with his selection for a solo exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in 2006. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

 

Lan's large-scale, often monumental abstract ink paintings, occupy an aesthetic confluence between traditional Chinese ink painting and Western abstract expressionism. Preferring to focus on the relationship of integration and macroscopic processes over detail and realism, he allows the ink to flow freely and paints with bold, kinetic strokes. Through his many years researching the language of vision, Lan's artistic philosophy has evolved to reflect the mantra of one of his favorite artists, Wu Guanzhong: "Good art will shock you." The viewer does not need to understand the specifics of the painting, but rather connect to a quasi-spiritual experience beyond the work, a feeling that is exciting, yet almost jarring, approaching the border of the magnificent.

 

Lan Zhenghui's work has been collected by museums, universities, and is part of private collections.



Biography

1959 Born in Sichuan, China

1987 Graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts

1987-93 Teaching at Chong Qing University during
2003 Performance Art, Creation of the Work Stride, IS Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013 Honored guest for the Mephisto Art Seminar, Beijing, China

Limited-edition product co-designed for Schiesser, Germany. Video “Germany Schiesser Culture Tour: Co-operative design by ink artist Lan Zhenghui”

Currently Lives in Beijing, China & Toronto, Canada

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Lan Zhenghui Solo Exhibition, Sanshang Contemporary, Hangzhou, China

2017 Lan Zhenghui Re-thINK, Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York, USA; Salotto Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2016 Lan Zhenghui Re-thINK:Landscape, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, USA

Solo Exhibition, Ruth Marder Gallery, Maryland Institute of Art, Maryland, USA

2015 Lan Zhenghui: Mana Contemporary residency project & solo exhibition, New York, USA

Lan Zhenghui Solo Exhibition, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

Lan Zhenghui Re-thINK, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, USA

Ink Painting by Lan Zhenghui, Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Customer Experience

2014 The Phaeton and Lan Zhenghui Ink Painting, Author Gallery, Shanghai, China

Color Extending, Canadian Fine Arts Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013 Vigorous Splash-stroke of Heavy Ink: Lan Zhenghui Solo exhibition, Sanshang Art, Hangzhou, China

2012 Lan Zhenghui Solo Exhibition, Castle of Malcesine, Verona, Italy

2011 Ink Painting Dream: Lan Zhenghui Solo Exhibition, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

2010 The Great Ink: My Road of Abstraction LAN ZHENGHUI, Jindu Art Centre, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

Light Ink Deep Feeling, Qie Lu Gallery, Beijing, China

2009 Cross Flow-Motion, Energy Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Mighty Rain: Lan Zhenghui Solo Exhibition, O House Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2006 Heavy Ink Painting by Lan Zhenghui, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2004 Contemporary Ink Painting Special Show by Lan Zhenghui for 1000 Years Celebration of Porcelain, Jingde Zhen, China

2003 Running Ink, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 International Ink Artists, Ink Asia 2018, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2017 Imperial Park: Shenzhenism, Selected works exhibition from China-Italy Biennial, Shenzhen, China

Boundless: Ongoing Chinese Ink Art 2017, Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Sichuan, China

Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Art Central HK, Hong Kong

Ink in the Present Days, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

7nd Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2016 Traces of Heart, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

Ink Asia, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Art Miami, Miami, USA

Humanistic Nature and Society, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Project, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

Art Central HK, Hong Kong

6th Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2015 Art Toronto International Art Expo, Toronto, Canada

3nd Biennial China-Italia, Turin, Italy

Contemporary Ink Art Evolution: Sensibility & Rationality in Abstraction Travelling Exhibition, Inside-out Art Museum, Beijing, China; Flemish Art Museum, Brussels, Belgium; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA; Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

Venice Biennial: Creating Identities, Venice, Italy

The Exhibition about Abstract Art of China, 798 Shone-show Gallery, Beijing, China

Art Central HK, Hong Kong

The Being of Nihility: Lan Zhenghui’s Art Appraisal Event, Europ'Art China, Shanghai, China

2014 Art’s New World 2014: 1st International Shapers Art Fine Art Expo, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China

Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Rendering the Future: Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting, Asia Art Centre, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

Memory: 2nd Biennial China-Italia, Beijing, China

Spiritual as Mountains, Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong

Flow: Ink Innovators, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, USA

2013 28 Chinese: The Rubell Family Collection, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, USA

Freedom Degree 4: The Chinese Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami, USA

Beyond Colour: Chinese Contemporary Art, Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai, China

Beyond Abstraction: Explorations in Contemporary Chinese Ink, Poligono Gallery, Marbella, Spain

Beyond Black and White: Chinese Contemporary Abstract Ink, Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai, China

3rd Beauty of Crossover Art Show, Comfort Magazine, Shanghai, China

Forms of the Formless: Exhibition of China Contemporary Art, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

Undoing Shuimo, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2012 2nd Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 Art Dubai 2010, Dubai, UAE

Toronto Art Expo 2010, Toronto, Canada

Ink-Painting Mode and Space, Ink and Wash Union of Song Zhuang, Beijing, China

The Era of Ink Painting, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2009 Ink Painting, Calligraphy: The Third Abstraction, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

Meditation from the East, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Ink Painting Today: 2009 Shanghai New Ink Art Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

Return to Modern, 09 Chinese Abstract Art Exhibition, West Lake Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China

2009-08 I Am In It: Chinese Contemporary Art Expressions, Travelling Exhibition, Florida Gulf Coast University, California, USA; Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2008 Contemporary Ink Art Evolution Travelling Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; RAAB Galerie, Bonn, Germany; Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, USA; National D. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

China Blue: Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition, Katrinetorps, Sweden

Seoul International Modern Calligraphic Art Exhibition, Korea

Big Size Abstract Art Exhibition, Palace Museum, Beijing, China

2007 Love for Ink: 2nd Invitational Exhibition by 100 Renowned Artists, Ink and Wash Union of Song Zhuang, Song Zhuang Art Centre, Beijing, China

2006 Ink and Wash and the Contemporary Era: 1st Invitational Exhibition of the Ink and Wash Union of Song Zhuang, Song Zhuang Art Centre, Beijing, China

2005 China Day Exhibition, Cortland University, New York, USA

Asian Heritage Month GTA: The Great Waterfalls Painting Show, Toronto, Canada

2004 Running Ink Travelling Exhibition, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater, Toronto, Canada

2001 Emotion Accumulation: Five Artists Oil Painting Exhibition (artist and curator), Fan Gallery, Beijing, China

1999 Ink Painting Installation Exhibition, Artist Commune, Hong Kong
14th Asia International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka, Japan

1993 1st China Art Fair, China

1989 1st China Modern Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2006 Art Committee Annual Award, Ontario, Canada

2013 "Comfort" Cross-over Art of the Year, Ford, Shanghai, China

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Florida Gulf Coast University, California, USA

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, USA
Rubell Family Museum, Miami, USA

Chinese Cultural Centre , Greater Toronto, Canada

Consul General of British Consulate in Guangzhou, China

Consul General of German Consulate in Guangzhou, China

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
MoCA Beijing, Beijing, China
Song Zhuang Ink Painting League, Beijing, China

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Artron Group, China

Other private collectors from Canada, USA, Britain, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong