Summer Group Show
Contemporary by Angela Li presents Summer Group Show with selected works of outstanding artists Cang Xin, Chen Wenling, Li Hongbo, Liang Manqi, Lu Zhengyuan, Peter Steinhauer, Jacky Tsai, Martin Wehmer, Wong Hau Kwei, Wu Didi, and Wu Shaoxiang. The exhibition includes around 20 works of oil paintings, photography, prints and sculptures.
Cang Xin (b. 1967, Inner Mongolia, China) studied at the Tianjin Academy of Music and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. He is one of the most important performance artists who lived in East Village – the artist village in Beijing – in the 1990s. He has become an active artist and exhibition curator ever since. Through his works, Cang Xin focuses on using his body as a means to connect and build relationships with the nature and society. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, Asia, Europe, Australia and beyond. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
Chen Wenling (b.1969, Fujian, China) graduated from Xiamen Academy of Art and Design in 1991 followed by his postgraduate studies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1994. He is internationally recognised as one of the top contemporary sculptors. He has previously participated in major exhibitions including: “The 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art” (Russia, 2015), “China 8 – China Contemporary Art Exhibition” (Germany, 2015), “The 11th Sculpture by the Sea” (Australia, 2015), “The 55th Venice Biennale” (Venice, Italy, 2013) and “The Suspense – Sculptures by Chen Wenling” (Today’s Art Museum, China, 2010). His works have been collected by numerous museums such as China Art Museum, Beijing Today Art Museum, National Gallery of Korea, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Denver Art Museum, Arox Art Museum. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
Li Hongbo was born in Jilin, China in 1974 and is currently based in Beijing. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with an MFA degree in Experimental Art in 2010. His works have been exhibited around the world, and are included in some important public collections such as the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Found Museum, 53 Art Museum in Beijing and the White Rabbit Collection in Sydney.
Liang Manqi was born in 1986 in Zhuhai, China. She graudated from China Acadmey Art (CAA) in 2009 and graudated from Die Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) Master of Fine Art in 2012. She is currently working and living in Shanghai. Liang initiated a space project “Kate’s Space” since 2013.
Lu Zhengyuan (b.1982, Dalian, Liaoning, China) received his MFA at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing in 2009 and has been teaching at CAFA ever since. Lu has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows throughout China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. The artist’s important solo exhibitions include “Cross the Ocean – Color Symbiosis” (Galeria Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2016), “Cross the Ocean – Color Symbiosis” (MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panama City, Panama, 2016), “Oxymoron” (MoCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015), “84 Days, 84 – Lu Zhengyuan” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China). Important group shows include, “Tongxi – The 3rd China International Art Forum & Exhibition on Installation Art” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2016), “Observer – Creator” (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2015), “Relay Race” (National Art Museum of China, China, 2015), “Now is future”(Bonn Contemporary Art Center, Bonn, Germany, 2015), “Cross the Ocean” (Providencia Art Center, Chile, 2015), “China International Art Installations Exhibition” (Long Museum, Shanghai, China, 2014), “Datong International Sculpture Biennale” (China Sculpture Museum, Datong, China, 2013), “Reactivation – 9th Shanghai International Biennale” (Shanghai, China, 2012), “New Vision – Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition in Portugal” (Lisbon Art Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011), “Gwangju Biennale”(Gwanju, Korea, 2010), “The Big Bang”(White Rabbit Art Museum, Sydney, Australia, 2010).
Peter Steinhauer (b.1966, Colorado, USA) had lived in Asia for twenty years. Having started off as a black and white photographer in 1993, he first began documenting the different facets of Hong Kong in monochrome when he arrived in the city, before becoming inspired by colourful scaffoldings wrapped around old buildings to create his popular Cocoons series. Steinhauer has won numerous awards, shown in Asia, Europe and USA. Furthermore, his works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Carnegie Museum and numerous embassies around the world.
Jacky Tsai (b. 1984, Shanghai, China) graduated from China Academy of Art in 2006, and obtained a postgraduate degree in Communication Design from Central St. Martins, London in 2008. Tsai is the leading Chinese contemporary pop artist and is best known as the creator of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s iconic floral skull. His works have been exhibited worldwide, his most recent solo exhibitions include: “Future Past II” (Hong Kong, 2016), “Culture Clash” (New York, 2016) and “Harmonious Society” (London, 2016). The artist currently lives and works in London, UK.
Martin Wehmer was born in Blankenstein J. Hattingen, Germany in 1966. He was awarded the Volksbanken art prize in Germany in 1996. He later took up art residencies in Edinburgh and Beijing, and finally decided to settle in Beijing in 2008, where he has lived and worked ever since. He was one of the organizers of the Beijing 798 Biennale in 2009. Wehmer is also a devout art educator. He has been a lecturer at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, and in the CDK project, a joint programme of the University of the Arts, Berlin and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, facilitating art exchange between China and Germany. His works have been exhibited extensively around the world, and have been included in important collections such as UBS (Hong Kong, Cologne, Zürich), Kunstkredit Basel and Kultusministerium Kanton Basel.
Wong Hau Kwei learned traditional Chinese ink painting from the Chinese master Huang Zhou and developed his own style over the years. Wong received the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennale Award (formerly called the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award and the Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition Prize) in 2001, 2009 and 2012, as well as the Merit Awards in the 9th and 10thNational Exhibition of Arts in China. Many of his works are in public collections, including The National Art Museum of China and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Wu Didi (b.1976 in Chongqing, China) completed her postgraduate degree in oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Art in 2004 and has been a lecturer at the Central Academy of Dramatic Art ever since. Her subject matters evolve from elements of traditional Chinese humanities. The artist had held solo exhibitions in Beijing and New York, and her previous important exhibitions include “CHINA NOW” (London, 2016), “Beyond the Mirror Phase” (Era of Art Museum, Beijing, 2016), “Wu Didi” (New York, 2015) and “Temperature of History” (Shanghai Museum of Art, China, 2015). The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.
Wu Shaoxiang (b.1957, Jiangxi, China)’s boldness marked him as an artistic pioneer at the time, and was a key facilitator of the development of modern Chinese art history. It was not until after Wu immigrated to Austria in 1989 that he modified his outlook to fully embrace his Chinese identity in his artwork, while keeping a global perspective. Recent themes examined the increasingly prevalent consumer culture in the world, and the detrimental effects of globalization. The artist’s previous exhibitions include: “Desire Scenery – Retrospective” (Today Art Museum, China, 2015), “Red VS Green” (Werner Berger Museum, Austria, 2014) and Going Forward! Going for Money! Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan, 2012). The artist currently lives and works in Beijing, China, Berlin, Germany and Klagenfurt, Austria with his wife Jiang Shuo.