Ding Yi 丁乙

Chinese, b. 1962

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Ding Yi 丁乙

Chinese, b. 1962

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Inspired by the Zen practice of calligraphy, painter Ding Yi is a pioneer of abstraction in China, completely rejecting narrative and representation in his practice. He creates colorful, abstract geometric works through an exacting process: each painting comprises countless individually painted crosses—usually painted on plaid fabric—whose minimalist look belies the maximal effort and consciousness of his otherwise intuitive process. "What I want most is for every piece to have some freedom," he says. "So I will allow some things to happen by chance."

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Inspired by the Zen practice of calligraphy, painter Ding Yi is a pioneer of abstraction in China, completely rejecting narrative and representation in his practice. He creates colorful, abstract geometric works through an exacting process: each painting comprises countless individually painted crosses—usually painted on plaid fabric—whose minimalist look belies the maximal effort and consciousness of his otherwise intuitive process. "What I want most is for every piece to have some freedom," he says. "So I will allow some things to happen by chance."

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Power Station of Art
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more