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Sheng Qi

History is always subjective. For the past ten years, Sheng Qi's work has focused on human lives as political subjects affected by historical events, framed by his own life-time of some forty years. His new work, a series of history paintings and a set of hundreds of painted skulls, exudes an aesthetic sombreness which is unprecedented and marks a new stage in his development as an artist. ------Dr. Katie Hill

His iconography uses the official photographs published by Xinhua and other sources to tell how people's dreams may still be out of reach today and their disappointments still too real. ----- Michele Vicat

 

 

Sheng Qi                                                    盛 奇

 

 

1965

1988

Born in Hefei

Graduated from the Central Academy of Art and Design, Beijing

1989 - 92         

Lived and Worked in Italy

1998

Graduated with an MFA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and

 

Design, London

Present:  

Living and Working as a professional artist, Beijing

 

Solo Exhibitions

2007

Zhu Yi!Fotografia actual en China, ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte

 

Contemporaneo,Vitoria-Gasteiz

 

History in Black and Red, 798 / Red Gate Gallery

2006

Missing…, 798 Avant Gallery

 

Salute to Artists, 798 / Red Gate Gallery

2004

Madness and Appropriation, Red Gate Gallery

2003

Transcription, Red Gate Gallery

2000

Melbourne Fringe Festival, Mass Gallery, Melbourne

1999

Nine Pigeons + Nurse + Sheng Qi, Beijing

 

Are You Willing to Shake My Hand? Tokyo

1997

Fortune Cookies, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2008

Red Gate Stars, Red Gate Gallery

 

Altered States, 798 / Red Gate Gallery

2006

Red Gate Gallery’s 15th Anniversary

 

Mobile Socialism, Contemporary Art, 798 / Beijing

2005

Observing the Senses, Red Gate Gallery

 

Body Scape, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne; Red Gate Gallery

2004

Between Past and Future, International Center of Photography, NY

 

Over A Billion Served, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

China’s Photography Painting, Art Season Gallery, Beijing

2002

Beijing Afloat, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects

2001

Clues to the Future – Red Gate Gallery’s 10th Anniversary

2000

Post – Material, Red Gate Gallery

1999

Departure from China, Beijing Design Museum

 

4th NIPAF Asian Performance Art Series & NIPAF Contemporary Art

 

Seminar, Nagoya, Tokyo, Nagano

 

8th Mexican International Performance Exhibition, Mexico City

1998

 Inside Out: New Chinese Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY

1993

China Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

1989

China Avant-Garde, National Art Gallery of China (NAGC), Beijing

1988

Great Earthquake, Great Wall, Beijing University

1986-87

Concept 21 – Tai Ji, Great Wall, Beijing University 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published works       

On Newsweek, BBC, CNN etc.

 

Collections   

International Center of Photography (ICP); U.S. Embassy, Beijing; Australia; UK; Canada and local private collections

My work has always been controversial. People either like it or feel uncomfortable... My work is not for entertainment. It is not to give comfortable feelings and pleasures. My work is always like a protest, like a double-edged sword, pointing in both directions - with an international outlook and also at problems in China.

The red colour I use in the paintings signifies a warning. Chinese people are poor, they have a lack of social care, lack of education, accommodation. The form of my painting is also like a poster...the poster is like propaganda period...even now, it's a propaganda country so my painting in a way is like that a propaganda presentation, so basically I use what they used and reflect that back.

From: The Independent, Friday 14 December 2012

 

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