Triumph Gallery will present fourteen contemporary artists’ works in 2019 Art Central, at booth D06, including Yayoyi Kusama, Zhou Chunya, Fang Lijun, Cai Jin, Zhang Jian, Xu Hong, Yang Liming, Jiang Miao, Li Guanguan, Tu Xi, Wang Mengsha, Xu Hongxiang, Zhang Kai, and Liu guangguang.
Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. From 1948 to 1949, she studied in Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, Kyoto, Japan. In 1957, Kusama moved to New York, USA, and started her dominant avant-garde artistic creation. Now she lives in Tokyo, Japanese. Kusama works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content.
Yayoyi Kusama’s latest solo exhibitions include: “Yayoyi Kusama: All About Love Speaks Forever”（Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, China，2019），“Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama” （Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, New York，2018），“Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love” （Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Matsumoto, Japan，2018）, etc.
Zhou Chunya was born in 1955 in Chongqing, China. He graduated from the Painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Art in 1982. Then in 1988, he graduated from Experiment Art department of Kassel Academy of Fine Art, Kassel, Germany. Now Zhou Chunya lives and works in Chengdu and Shanghai, China. Zhou Chunya’s painting style, language, ideas and methods have been paying close attention to the present。 His exquisite craftsmanship, absorbing the fruits of western contemporary art, is neither conventional nor out of the tradition. His painting is very individualized, while not confined to the local taste. He found his own way of expression, with, both traditional Chinese image and more powerful western oil painting skills.
Zhou Chunya’s latest solo exhibitions include: “Spring ‧ Sprout”(POLY GALLERY II, Hong Kong, China, 2018), “Zhou Chunya: Hong Kong Solo Exhibition”(Amanda Wei Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 2018),“Zhou Chunya New Works 2015” (Macao Museum of Art, Macao, China, 2015), etc.
Fang Lijun was born in Handan, Hebei Province, China. He graduated from the printmaking department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. In the 1980s, Fang Lijun pioneered the cynical realism style, which has been applauded as the most representative and recognizable visual symbols since the “reform and opening up” policy. He has created several huge prints since the late 1990s. With his print-making learning background, he has always expected to make some breakthrough in woodcut print. Huge size but still with fluent knife-wielding techniques is a technical puzzle in Fang Lijun’s woodcut prints, but also his contribution to it. The exhibiting works by Fang Lijun present his humorous and playful style. He has created his unique contemporary woodcut print language with vibrant colour and individualized presentation.
Fang Lijun’s latest solo exhibitions include: “Fang Lijun: Facial Recognition” (Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia, 2019), “This All Too Human World” (Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 2017), “Art History of Fang Lijun” (Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2017), etc.
Cai Jin was born in Tunxi, Anhui， China in 1965. In 1986, she graduated from the fine arts department, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, China. In 1991, she graduated from the oil painting department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. She has been teaching at the Tianjin Fine Arts Institute, Tianjin, China since 1991. Cai Jin's art works is in fact the reflection of herself. The artworks of Cai Jin are just like the “water traces on the wall”. She tries to capture the weirdness, and shows no interest in the colorful attractive reality. She devotes herself to the loneliness subject that makes her excited but calls no attention of others.
Cai Jin’s latest solo exhibitions include: Arcadia (Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China, 2018), A Gathering of Flower Fairies: Cai Jin Solo Exhibition (Triumph Gallery, Beijing, China, 2017), Static and Flowing (Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China, 2015), Cai Jin: Return to the Source (Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA, 2014), Cai Jin: Return to the Source (Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China, 2013)，etc.
Zhang Jian was born in 1968 in Beijing, China. He graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Art in 1993. Now he lives and works in Beijing. Early in his career Zhang Jian was inspired by the Impressionists particularly Édouard Manet and the Russian Valentin Serov. Zhang Jian became fascinated with representations of sunlight and outdoor themes, striving to demonstrate introspective, calm and peaceful moments in everyday life. In the early 2000s Zhang Jian began to use photography as a starting point for his paintings and employed techniques of ‘flatness’ and blurred figuration in his work - evocative of the work of Gerhard Richter. In recent years, his paintings have become more subjective and free - more expressionistic - creating a confusion of reality, dream and abstraction.
His latest solo exhibitions include: “Tranquility” (PIFO Gallery, Beijing, 2017), “Still Moments” (iPRECIATION, Singapore, 2013), “Zhang Jian: The New Painting” (Galerie Frank Schlag & CIE, Essen, 2011), etc.
Xu Hong was born in Chongqing, China. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts Nanjing University of Arts in 1993, and lives and works in Nanjing. The art creation of Xu Hong can be divided into several stages: from the early experimental sarcastic realism and surrealism to the turning point of depicting interior scenes in 2009, and finally in 2017, the exhibition “Peach Orchard in the Valley”, in which the space in his painting has changed from domestic to the natural landscape. Xu Hong embraces Chinese tradition as the core of his art, expressing the longing for seclusion and the spiritual convert in Chinese literati culture.
Xu Hong’s latest solo exhibitions include: “Peach Orchard in the Valley” (Amy Li Gallery, Beijing, China, 2017), “KSANA : XU HONG & QIN AI” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2015), “The Morning after a Party” (Zhuzi Arts Center, Nanjing, China, 2013), etc.
Yang Liming was born in Sichuan Province, China in 1975. He graduated from the Fine Arts College of Sichuan Normal University, majored in oil painting. Yang Liming now is a professional artist based in Beijing. The abstract artistic experiment of Yang Liming creates a separate school of his own. The “curves of graphology” in Yang’s works that run through each phase of his creation is a fatal language element in his paintings. The origin of this element lies in the interaction between personal graphology and spiritual feeling of calligraphy, while the harmonic cadence and rhythm in the motion of Yang’s curves come from his obsession and appreciation of classical music. This kind of abstract expression with poetic flavor makes the picture not only contain classical elements, but also reflects the contemporary connotation of his works.
Yang Liming’s latest solo exhibitions include: “ANIMITTA” (Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China, 2017), “ESPACES VIVANTS-Solo Exhibition of Yang Liming” (GALERIE LOFT, Paris, France, 2015), “WRITE-Solo Exhibition of Yang Liming” (Poly Gallery Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2015), etc.
Jiang Miao was born in Jilin, China in 1981. She graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and acquired a B.A. degree in 2005. In 2009, Jiang Miao graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and acquired a Master's Degree. Currently she works and lives in Beijing as a professional artist. The art creation by Jiang Miao comes from her personal experience and focuses on the representation of inherent character and spiritual nature. Her recent series “Taoist Trinity and the Self” was created through many layers of acrylic paints for a period of time, and then carve on the surface, which results in an extremely vibrant and unexpected image and colour. The final work therefore recorded the feeling and experience of the artist in a time period with very little man factor.
Her latest solo exhibitions include: “Taoist Trinity and the Self” (The Cooler Hunter, Common Art Centre, Beijing, China, 2018), “"Dream Show”—Post Era Art Festival Jiang Miao's Personal Works Exhibition” (Staircase Gallery, Beijing, China, 2017), “"Mark" Jiang Miao Solo Exhibition” (Wuhan Diamond Museum of Art, Hubei China, 2013), etc.
Li Guanguan was born in 1982 in Shandong, China. She graduated from department of ink painting in Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. Now, she is living and working in Beijing, China. 1/2 and 1/3 are often the names used by Li Guanguan’s works. The title shows the potential concept of the artist's angle of view at a certain level, and to some extent it is also the way to enter the inner logic of the artist's creation. Li Guanguan extracts the specific elements of the spirit of ink, such as temperament, mood, poetry, and far border; she brings them into the context of creation, and connecting the light sense, texture and angle of the image to the breath of silence and individuality, and provides a visual entry in the topic of how the images emit temperament text.
Li Guanguan’s solo exhibitions include: “Cut-in：Li Guanguan Solo Exhibition”(Triumph Gallery，Beijing, China, 2017), “Guan Guan's Horse—Li Guanguan Solo Exhibition”(Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China, 2013), “To Dream for Horse: Solo Exhibition”(Village South Art Salon, Beijing, China, 2012).
Tu Xi was born in 1982, he graduated from Renmin University of China School of Arts in 2006, and graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Tu Xi is now living and working in Beijing. In Tu Xi’s work, the shapes, colours, the texture of the materials, and the spatial language create a real scene that is accessible and tangible to viewers. The images are the collection of personal experience and collective unconscious with humanistic concern.
His solo exhibitions include: “Conceptual Cortex-Tu Xi Solo Exhibition” (Triumph Gallery, Beijing, China, 2016), "The Kind Sense of Alienation-Tu Xi Solo Exhibition” (Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing, China, 2013), etc.
Wang Mengsha was born in 1982 in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, and grown up in an artistic family. In 2006, she graduated from design department in Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’an, China, studying Animation. Wang then studied in Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, and University of Southampton, UK for advanced education. Currently she Works and lives in Beijing, China. In her practice of painting, she never considers the connection between herself and the ink painting in the past, nor did she think about the similarities and differences between them. In Wang Mengsha’s art, the mood of naïve and childlike coexist with the feeling of vigorous and free. She sees the world in the perspective of child, searching for the nature of mankind that is most valuable however almost fading away.
Wang Mengsha’s latest solo exhibitions include: “Neo-Orientalism—Wang Mengsha Solo Exhibition”(Space Station, Beijing, China, 2018), “Suspension-Wang Mengsha Solo Exhibition”(Triumph Gallery, Beijing, China, 2017), “Wang Mengsha – Gardens”(Aberdeen Gallery, Hong Kong, 2016), “Early Summer”(Aura Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 2014), etc.
Xu Hongxiang was born in Changsha, Hunan province in 1984. He graduated from the printmaking department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) with a bachelor´s degree in 2007, and received the master’s degree from the same department in 2011. He currently works and lives in Beijing. Xu’s works are mainly easel paintings. In his prior phase, Xu is interested in “the relationships between painting and image”. Recently, Xu focuses on discussing “the relationships between painting and reality” through several individual projects.
His latest solo exhibitions and individual programs include: “Not Dark Yet-Xu Hongxiang Solo Exhibition" (Triumph Gallery, Beijing, China, 2018), "Xu Hongxiang Solo Exhibition" (SZ Art Center, Beijing, China, 2014), "In the Field" (Hunan, China, 2016), "Li Qiang" (Hunan, China, 2016), etc.
Zhang Kai was born in 1985 in Shanxi province, China. He graduated from the School of Arts, Shanxi Normal University, currently works and lives in Beijing. In his painting, the protagonists are personified and spiritualized cats and rabbits, which present the tranquil, mysterious and poetic atmosphere. Through the synthesis and reconstruction of the classical and the contemporary, Zhang Kai presents his thinking on time, spirit, appearance，and essence, with his analysis of art history from the contemporary perspective, and his own aesthetic tendencies.
His latest solo exhibitions are: “Present— Zhang Kai Solo Exhibition” (Triumph Gallery, Beijing, China, 2018), “China Now—Young Artist Duet” (Triumph Art Space, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom, 2015), “Leave My World Here: Zhang Kai Art Exhibition” (Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China, 2013), “Please Take Me to The Sky: Zhang Kai Solo Exhibition”, (My Humblehouse Art Center, Taipei, 2010), “Broken Dream- Zhang Kai Solo Exhibition”, (Triumph Alternative Space, Beijing, China, 2008).
Liu Guangguang was born in 1986 in Gansu province, China. He graduated from Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts with bachelor’s degree in 2009. Now he is working and living in Beijing. Liu Guangguang’s grasp of emotionality and forms of artistic creation has been conveyed throughout the series of his work. In fact, the artist is capable of distinguishing the emotion caused by naturally-occurring facts from the aesthetic emotion inspired by the form of creation. What Liu Guangguang is at present concerned about are such issues as how to locate a unique emotion of one individual amongst various emotion states, and how to inspire people to experience such an absolute emotion in a significant way. In a sense, he is attempting to deal with the relation between independence and resonance in ever-changing emotion and form of painting.
His latest solo exhibitions include: "Liu Guangguang" (XGALLERY, Beijing, China, 2016), “Bejeweled--Liu Guangguang Solo Exhibition” (Space Station Gallery, Beijing, China, 2013), “The Year of Uncertainty- Works of Liu Guangguang” (Line Gallery, Dun Gallery, Beijing, China, 2010).