Chu Chu

1975, Hangzhou China

Introduction

Chu Chu is an accomplished ink painter, calligrapher, photographer, and oil painter. She is currently the Vice Secretary of Lanting Calligraphy Society, and the Vice President of Zhejiang female Calligraphers Association in Hangzhou. She was born in 1975 in Hangzhou, and graduated from the Department of oil painting at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 2000, where she also received her MFA in new media in 2007 and in 2015 attained her PhD, in calligraphy under the tutelage of Wang Dongling. Since then, the artist has devoted herself to ink painting, and seeks to incorporate this art form with photography and calligraphy. She has received several prestigious awards since 2000 including the Shiseido Prize of Best Female Photographer, the Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing, 2011; Yearly Cutting-edge Photographer, selected by www.xitek.com, Beijing, 2010; Creative Award of New Media, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, 2006; Excellent Works Award, New Century Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou, 2001; Excellent Works Award, Zhao Mengfu Prize, National Painting Competition, China, 2000. 

Chu Chu has been widely exhibited, including in France, Germany, England, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. She was also included in the important modern calligraphy exhibition Writing Non-writing at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. We first showcased her works in Beyond the Jade Terrace in 2014 and have since held her first solo show in Hong Kong (2017). We also exhibited her works in Ink Asia 2015 and Art Basel Hong Kong 2016/17 with great success.


BIOGRAPHY
1975        Born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
1980        Started to learn Chinese ink painting
2000        BA, Major in Oil Painting, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
                Curator, Hangzhou group exhibition for 6 female artists Untitled, 2000 Present
2007        MA, New Media, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, studied under Jiao Jian
                Lecturer, Department of Art, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
2015        PhD, Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, studied under Wang Dongling
                Jury, 25th National Photographic Art Exhibition, China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
2016        Guest professor, Faculty of Humanities, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
                Associate professor, Research Centre of Modern Calligraphy, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
                Researcher, Lanting Calligraphy Commune, Zhejiang, China
2017        Christie's produced a video about Chu Chu's art
2018        Featured by Poetry Calligraphy Painting Quarterly No.2, Beijing, China
Present    Vice Secretary, Lanting Calligraphy Society, Hangzhou, China
                Vice President, Zhejiang Female Calligraphers Association, Hangzhou, China


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2018   
  • Calligraphy, Universe, Ipreciation, Singapore
2017   
2014  
  • Material Immaterial, 3 Gallery, Beijing; Kunst Licht, Shanghai, China
2013   
  • About Material: Solo Exhibition of New Media, Photography, Calligraphy, Hanhouse Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
2012   
  • Material Immaterial, Hihey.com, Beijing, China
2008   
  • It’s Not It, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

2017

  • In Flux: Chinese Contemporary Art, Art Basel Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2016  

2015

2014  

2012   
  • International Biennial of Lanting Calligraphy Commune, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
  • Zhejiang Contemporary Photography Exhibition by New Artists, Hangzhou, China
  • Material-Word, Bottega Veneta Art Space, Shanghai, China
  • In situ: Exposition Photo Revelation, Paris, France
  • Impression of Pudong: Exhibition by New Artists, Pudong Library, Shanghai, China
  • Jetlag: New Media Exhibition, Hannover Exhibition Centre, Hanover, Germany
  • Tokyo Photo 2012: International Photography Fair, Tokyo Midtown Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • Calligraphy Exhibition by Chinese Young Artists, Jinhua, China

2011   

  • Midsummer, OFOTO Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Fantasy: 3rd Dali International Photography Exhibition, Dali, China
  • Contemporary Photography in China, Tasveer Studio, India
  • Photo LA+Art LA Projects: Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA

2010   

  • Contemporary Photography in China, AKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Beyond the Body: Contemporary Video Exhibition, MOCA, Shanghai, China
  • 1st Jimei International Contemporary Art Festival, Art Museum of Jimei University, Xiamen, China
  • Another Landscape: 1st Photography Annual Exhibition by xitek.com, Inter Art Centre,798 Art Zone, Beijing; ESPON Gallery, Moganshan Art Zone, Shanghai; Dali, China
2009
  • Moving, Likailin Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
  • Photo Beijing, Agricultural Exhibition Centre of China, Beijing, China

2008

  • Genius, Shopping Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Creative Women Unite, Houston, USA
  • It's Not It, OFOTO gallery, Shanghai, China
2007 
  • The Light of Searching and the Lotus at Dawn: 12th Lishui International Photography Festival, Photography Museum of Lishui, Lishui, China
  • It's Not It Tool: 3rd Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou Culture Centre, Lianzhou, China
  • A Glance: Ten Viewers of the West Lake, Tne China Academy of Art "Mixed Reality" Post-Graduate Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • The Alchemy Shadow, Lianzhou, China

2006   

  • It's Not It Tool: Light and Shade, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • L’ Art de Produire Art Exhibition, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

2005  

  • China, Green: 1st Video Festival, Ag-Art Loft, Hangzhou, China
  • Thoughts are Seen, Hangzhou, China

2004

  • New Media Arts Festival, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2003

  • 3rd National Chinese Young Artists Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2001 

  • New Century Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou, China

2000

  • 2nd Round of Salon Youth Outreach, Hangzhou, China
  • Untitled, 2000 Present: Six Female Artists Group Exhibition, Hangzhou, China


SELECTED AWARDS 

2011   Shiseido Prize of Best Female Photographer, Three Shadows Photography Award, Beijing, China

2010   Yearly Cutting-edge Photographer, selected by www.xitek.com, Beijing, China

2006   Creative Award of New Media, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2001   Excellent Works Award, New Century Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou, China

2000   Excellent Works Award, Zhao Mengfu Prize, National Painting Competition, China


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway
Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Shanghai, China

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2014   Beyond the Jade Terrace, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2011   Contemporary Chinese Photography, China Youth Publishing Group, China

2010   25 Cutting-edge Chinese Photographer, Zhejiang Photographic Press, China

2008   Chu Chu Photography Album

1997   Poem “Xiangdie” was published in Genesis periodical, overseas & Poem “Bottle” was published in Author periodical

 
Whispers of Trees-Diospyros
2011-2017 | 50x50cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Whispers of Trees-Tea
2011-2017 | 50x50cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Whispers of Trees-Magnolia Denudata
2011-2017 | 50x50cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Whispers of Trees-Cercis
2011-2017 | 50x50cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Whispers of Trees-Bamboo
2011-2017 | 50x50cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Gardenia-Forever
2011-2017 | 115x150cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Gardenia-Auspiciousness
2011-2017 | 115x150cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Fruits-Mandarin
2010-2017 | 121x150cm | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink on paper
Dream of the West Lake Series — The 9th of the 24 Solar Terms
2015 | 28x35cm/11x13 3/4’’x2 | Chinese ink and photograph on rice paper
Dream of the West Lake – The 4th of the 24 Solar Terms
2005-2016 | 28x35cm/11x13 3/4’’x2 | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Recalling Jiangnan-Receiving a Hidden Treasure, Jade
2017 | 28x35cm/11x13 3/4’’x2 | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Recalling Jiangnan-Fish and the Spring Wind
2017 | 28x35cm/11x13 3/4’’x2 | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Recalling Jiangnan-Gazing Untroubled at the Clouds
2017 | 28x35cm/11x13 3/4’’x2 | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
Recalling Jiangnan-Seeing Thy Inner Self
2017 | 28x35cm/11x13 3/4’’x2 | Photography, calligraphy, Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper