Ding Yi 丁乙, ‘Appearance of Crosses 2016-B7’, 2016, Timothy Taylor

About Ding Yi 丁乙

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."

Chinese, b. 1962, Shanghai, China, based in Shanghai, China