Using mostly black ink, Zhang Fangbai re-contextualises traditional Chinese media in combination with oil colour to create spiritually strong images on canvas and paper. In the mid 90’s he started to work on his eagle series, using the symbol and epitome of power and strength. With each brushstroke bringing him spiritually closer to earlier generations of Chinese artists, the revelation of loss of power and humiliation becomes integral, further influencing the direction of his work.


Born 1965 in Hengyan/Huan, he studied oil painting at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. From 1991 he taught Art at the Hengyang Normal University and from 1995 oil painting at the Tjanjin Academy of Fine Arts. He has been teaching Art and Design at the Youth Politics College in Beijing since 2001. Many of his works have been shown in exhibition projects, including in the National Art Museum of China, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Today Art Museum in Peking and the 55. Venice Biennale.

Education


since 2001
Professor, Art and Design, Youth Politics College, Peking, China
1995-2001
Assistant Professor, Oilpainting, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, China
1991-1995
Assistant Professor, Kunst, Hengyang Normal University, China
1991
BA in oilpainting, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Peking, China

Awards


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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
Zhang Fangbai Sketch Exhibition, Galleri Astely, Uttersberg, Sweden


2015
Just Sublime, Galerie Philine Cremer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Solidi cation, Beijing Cocolan Art Center, Peking, China
Zhang Fangbai, Galleri Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden


2014
#ink#paper#personality#faceit, Galerie Philine Cremer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Tusche auf Papier, Matthias Küper Galleries, Stuttgart, Germany


2013
Standpoint, Meilun Art Gallery, Changsha, China
Eagle Stories, Galerie Philine Cremer, Düsseldorf, Germany


2011
Standing Alone, Asia Art Center, Peking, China


2010
Ink Painting & Printmaking Exhibition, East West Gallery, Peking, China


2008
Zhang Fangbai, J. Bastien Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


2007
The World of Zhang Fangbai, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finnland


2005
Image of the Eagle, Galleri Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden
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Selected Groupexhibitions


2016
Unexpected Encounter, New Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
The Return of Elegancy, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzen, China
Flat & Far, UGM, Maribor, Slovenia
Flat & Far, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
FLOW, Palladio Basilika, Vinceza, Italy
The Working of the Non-Figurative System, Zhengguan Art Museum, Peking, China


2015
Paper’s First Choice, Galerie Philine Cremer, Düsseldorf, Germany
China8, Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, Germany
China8, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany


2014
Ink Art, Art of Nature Centre, Hong Kong, China
10 Years of Printmaking, Matthias Küper Galleries, Peking, China
Experience China, China Oil Painting Society & UNESCO, Paris, France
Turning - The Sixth China Painting Exhibition, TREE Art Centre, Peking, China
Surface and Depth, The Page Gallery, Seoul, Korean


2013
Culture.Mind.Becoming, 55th Venice Biennale, Venedig, Italy
In nity.Neo-Expressionism, Zhan Zhou International Art, Museum, Peking, China
Nearing Ink, Egg Gallery, Peking, China


2012
Undoing Shuimo, Duolun Museum, Shanghai, China
Starting from Modern, National Art Museum of China, Peking, China
In Time, Chinese Oil Painting Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Peking, China
Forms of the Formless, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
Context China, San Chuan Art Museum, Nanjing, China


2011
Context China, Museum of Contemporary Art, Peking, China
Chinese Volition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Peking, China
History, New Songzhuang, Sunshine Intl. Art Museum, Peking, China
Abstract Art Tour, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Changsha, Peking, China
Vigor of Style, Dubai Art Center (ARE),


2010
Performance in China, Museum of Contemporary Art, Peking, China
Bridging - The Spirit of the East II, Asia Art Center, Peking, China
New Wave of Chinese Contemporary Art, University of California Art Museum, U.S
China Today, Modern Art Museum of Stockholm, Sweden


2009
Trends in Hubei and Hunan, Guangzhou Art Museum, China
Past, SZ Art Center, Peking, China
Spirit of Culture Tradition, Nanjing Qinghe Current Art Center, China
24th Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art, National Museum, Kuala Lumpur (MYS), 


2008
The Grit Between the Stones – A Meeting Between Swedish and Chinese Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden
Expand & Fusion, National Art Museum of China, Peking, China
Thirty Years of Contemporary Chinese Art, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Peking, China
Nobility, Xin Beijing Gallery, Peking, China


2007
Contemporary Cultural Venation, China Edition, Today Art Museum, Peking, China
Integration and Creation – Exhibition of Invitation to Noted Oil Painters, Capital Museum, Peking, China


2006
Chinese Contemporary Art, Beijing Art Centre, Peking, China
Contemporary Vision, The China Millennium Monument, Peking, China
TRANS FORMING SOCIALISM, 798 Space, Peking, China
China Today Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Peking,China
Chinese Contemporary Art, Beijing World Art Museum, Peking, China
The Node of Art, Tan Guobin Contemporary Art Museum, Changsha, China


2005
China Version, Pickled Art Center, Peking, China
The Strength of Image, Tang Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

    Zhang Fangbai

    Sep 16th 2017 to Oct 21st 2017, Berlin