October 27th, 2014 New York City

San Francisco-based artist Zheng Chongbin’s presentation outlined his significant life and art making experiences that continue to develop his approach to painting—a process involving study of materials and spiritual phenomena: space, light, reflection, and shadow— and how such constant re-examinations feed his ongoing practice. Chongbin’s continued choice of medium is ink, linked to the medium’s capacity for unpredictable and altogether transformative experimentations in his works.

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Bio – ZHENG Chongbin (San Francisco)

Zheng Chongbin (b. 1961, Shanghai, China) lives and works in San Francisco and Shanghai. Zheng’s artworks bridge the modernist concerns with the spiritual in abstraction and the post-modern deconstruction of light and space perception with a Taoist phenomenology of energy, material and “resonance” or qiyun. His practice encompasses biomorphic ink painting, abstract painting using traditional ink and acrylic on paper, large-scale ink installations, and video installation art. He first showed his work at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1985), and three years later was given a solo exhibition at the Shanghai Art Museum (1988). A decisive shift came in 1989 when he was awarded an international fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute where he was to study for the next two years, acquiring his Masters of Fine Art in 1991. In 1992, Zheng was included in shows at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany, and at the San José Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, USA (1993) and at Limn Gallery in San Francisco (1997). Having permanently settled in Northern California, Zheng spent the next ten years sequestered in his studio working on a new phenomenological and materialist approach to ink painting. Zheng emerged again in 2007 and exhibited at the Third Chengdu Biennale (2007), the Pusan Museum of Modern Art (2008), the China National Art Institute in Beijing (2008), the Pacific Asia Museum in Southern California (2009), the River South Art Center in Shanghai (2009), the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2010), the Third Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial in Taipei (2010), Gallery of Art (2011),the Hong Kong Art Center (2012), the Saatchi Gallery (2012) and the Venice Biennale (2013) in Culture, Mind, Becoming at the Palazzo Mora. Zendai Himalaya Museum in Shanghai (2014), Shanghai. Zheng’s work can be found amongst others in the collections of the British Museum in London, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Daimler Art Collection in Stuttgart, Germany, and the DSL Collection in France.

Zheng Chongbin’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by Ink Studio.


Image Courtesy of Zheng Chongbin