Zhang Yu

1959, Tianjin China

Introduction

Zhang Yu was born in Tianjin, China in 1959 and graduated from the Tianjin Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1988. Throughout his artistic career he has been engaged with the language of art and experimental ink painting, contributing to and reforming the discursive boundaries of ink art. His early series, Divine Light, became internationally recognized when they were included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, Ink Art: Past As Present in Contemporary China, in 2013. The artist is also well-known for his Fingerprint and installation works, which have been exhibited in major exhibitions in China, Taiwan, Europe and America.

His works have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, US; Benetton Museum, Venice, Italy; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, to name a few.




BIOGRAPHY

1959   Born in Tianjin, China

1979 Admitted to Tianjin Yangliuqing Painting Society

Editorial Director, Senior Editor of World of Chinese Painting, Tianjin Yangliuqing Fine Arts Press

1988 Graduated from Tianjin Fine Arts Academy of Arts and Crafts

2002 Associate Professor at Tianjin Transportation Vocational College

2004 Guest Professor in the New Media Department, Beijing Film Academy

2005 Established his studio in Beijing


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018  

  • Fabrication: The "Being" of Zhang Yu's Art, Hung Kuang University Arts Center, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Mountain plan: Water • Ink • Mountain, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Farewell and Leaving: from Wang Wei to Zhang Yu, Wang Chuan Residence, Art Museum of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi'an, China

2017  

  • Meeting Zhang Yu in the East China Sea, Lu Si Yi Church, Tohai University Art Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Supernormal: Zhang Yu in Hsinchu, Inno Art, New Tile House Hakka District, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2016
2014  
  • Zhang Yu: The Form of Notion / Thought, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2013
  • Drinking a Toasting at Martell-Ink and Wash at the Martell Chateau, Cognac, France
  • Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Cultivation Practice – Exhibition of Zhang Yu’s Fingerprint Works 1991-2013, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
  • Conception and Form: Exhibition of Zhang Yu’s Works, Fu Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2012  
  • Fingerprints: Cultivation/Practice – Works by Zhang Yu, Art Stage, ARTLINKART EXPO Singapore
  • Fingerprints: Performance/Red/Water, SEM-ART Gallery, Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Zhang Yu’s Fingerprint, Art Miami International Art Expo , Miami, FL, USA
2011  
  • Cultivation Practice: Zhang Yu’s Fingerprint works 1991-2011, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2010  
  • Diffused Fingerprints – Zhang Yu’s Art works, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Zhang Yu’s Fingerprint Works, Art Asia Miami, Miami, FL, USA
2009  
  • Zhang Yu’s Fingerprint Works, 40th Basel International Art Expo, Basel Art Asia, Basel, Switzerland
  • Fingerprints: Traces of Zhang Yu’s Cultivation Practice, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2007
  • Fingerprints: Zhang Yu, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, NY, USA
2001  
  • Zhang Yu: Experimental Ink and Wash, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
1992  
  • Chinese Artist Zhang Yu: Modern Ink and Wash Exhibition, Belyaevo Modern Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
1989
  • Zhang Yu: Fan Painting Exhibition, Qingdao Workers’ Cultural Palace, Qingdao, China
1988
  • Zhang Yu: Exhibition of Ink and Wash Paintings, Tianjin Art Gallery, Tianjin, 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

  • 1st Intenational Sculpture Exhibition Pingyao, Hefei Art Centre, Hefei, Anhui, China
  • INKGöppingen Art Museum, Göppingen, Germanny
  • We misunderstood the Experimental Art, Inno Art, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2017 
  • Artists and Their Art Albums, Lalitkara Art Institute, Jaipur, India
2016
  • Variations in Ink, Ink Asia, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Cold Light: 1st Anhui Installation Art Exhibition, Hefei Art Centre, Hefei, Anhui, China
2015  
  • Art 15 London, London, UK
  • Termination of Writing: Inoue Yuichi, Lee Ufan, Zhang Yu, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Personal Structures, 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
2014   
  • Open, Art Taipei 2014, Da Xiang Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
2013  
  • Ink and Wash Again: Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Art Invitational Exhibition (2000-2012), Today Art Museum, Beijing; Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China
  • New Dimensions in Ink and Wash: 2013 Critics Nomination Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • The Original Way: New Concepts in Chinese Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • Personal Structures, 55th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
2012  
  • Towards Notion: Maximalism in Contrasts, Hillwood Gallery of Long Island University, New York, US
  • Towards Notion: Maximalism in Contrasts, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, US
  • Appreciating the East Exhibition of Classical Chinese Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Ink Painting: International Ink Painting Exhibition, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Shape Without Shape Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Kunstwerk Karlshütte Rendsburg/Büdelsdorf, Germany
2011  
  • Towards Notion: Maximalism in Contrasts, Frick Art Museum, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, US
  • Ink and Wash China, Chinese and Italian Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Museo Rivelli di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Napoli; Galleria Marino, Rome, Italy
  • New Realm: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  • The Great Celestial Abstraction: Chinese Art in the 21st Century, Katherine E Nash Gallery and the Department of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, US
  • The Great Celestial Abstraction: Chinese Art in the 21st Century, Macro Testaccio Contemporary Art Museum of Rome, Rome, Italy
2010  
  • Ink and Not Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Exhibition, Gliptoteka HAZU Sculpture Museum of the Croatian, Academy of Science and Arts, Croatia
  • Beyond the Horizon: Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile
  • Painting/Non-Painting: 2010 Hangzhou International Modern Calligraphy Art Exhibition, Hangzhou, China
  • Memory of the Past: Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting, Transylvania University Morlan Gallery, Lexington, US
  • Refactoring: Chinese Abstract Art Top Exhibition, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009  
  • Present-Day Ink and Wash: 2009 Shanghai New Ink and Wash Exhibition, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum; Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • Ink and Not Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Invitational Exhibition, Warsaw Palace Museum, Poland; Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, Budapest, Hungary; Romanian National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
  • Open Flexibility: Innovative Contemporary Ink Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2008    
  • Yi Pai: 30 Years of “Abstract” Art in China, La Caixa Forum Palma, Barcelona, Madrid, Spain
  • Shanghai MoCA Envisage II: Butterfly Dream, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • 6th Shenzhen International Biennial of Ink and Wash, Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China
2007  
  • China Onward: The Estella Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
  • 3rd Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
  • Made in Beijing, Hongik University Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • Continuation, Variation and Infiltration: Ink, A Monochromatic World, Art Museum of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo, Japan
2006     
  • Revival of Ink and Wash: 2006 Shanghai New Ink and Wash Exhibition, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum; Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • International Modern Ink Painting Exhibition, Manhattan Asian Cultural Center, New York, US
  • Chinese Ink and Wash Documentary Exhibition 1976-2006, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
  • Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary, New Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing, China
2005  
  • Upcoming Ink Painting: Modern Experimental Ink and Wash Painting Exhibition, Palais Rihour, Lille, France
  • Encre de Chine Expérimentale, Conference at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • Salute to '85: 1985-2005, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • Writing/Non-Writing, Art Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
2004  
  • Dream of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art from China, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • International Art and Design Festival, the Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, US
  • Yokohama International Film Festival: Visual Group, Neo-Academicism of China, Bank Art 1929, Yokohama, Japan
  • 4th Shenzhen International Biennial of Ink and Wash, Guan Shanyue Art Museum; Shenzhen Art Academy Exhibition Hall, Shenzhen, China
2003  
  • Impermanence: How to Explain the Term Ink and Wash, Artist Commune, Hong Kong
  • Exhibition of Chinese Experimental Ink and Wash, Chinese Culture Center of Greater Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2002    
  • 17th Asian International Art Exhibition, Daejeon (Taejon) Art Museum, Daejeon, Korea
  • Ost + West Ausstellung für die Zeitgenössische Kunst aus China, Künstlerhaus in Wien, Vienna, Austria
2001  
  • 32nd Düsseldorf Modern Art Exhibition, Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 20 Years of Experiment in Chinese Ink and Wash, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2000  
  • Colour, Brush and Ink: Zhang Yu and Heidi Meyer, German Embassy in China, Beijing, China
  • Breaking Through, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico; National Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
1999  
  • Abstract Colour and Ink, Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, US
  • 14th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Modern Art Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan

1998  

  • 2nd Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 13th Asian International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1997  
  • Exhibition of New Ink and Wash Art, Berlin Art Museum; Halle Museum; Galerie TTT, Heimbach; Leipzig University Museum, Germany
  • Stars of the Century: Chinese Art Biennial, Ontario Art Museum, Toronto, Canada
1995  
  • Ink and Light: Chinese Contemporary Experimental Ink and Wash Group Exhibition, Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium
1994   
  • Zero: Art Exhibition, Flanders Exhibition Centre, Ghent, Belgium
1993  
  • Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Abstract Ink and Wash, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1992  
  • Chinese Modern Ink Painting and Traditional Chinese Painting, Awarded Second Prize (Book Binding Artworks), National Museum of Art, Beijing, China
1991  
  • 2nd Exhibition of Chinese Realistic Painting with Meticulous Brushwork, Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, China
  • 1st International Fan Painting Exhibition, Beijing Concert Hall Gallery, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, US
Benetton Museum, Venice, Italy
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong