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1964 중국 우한

Zeng Fanzhi is a contemporary Chinese painter. Known for his Expressionist and psychologically probing portraits, he depicts human faces with vivid and lively brushworks that can at times border on abstraction. Zeng often will portray his subjects as seen through a dense thicket of branches, crowding and obscuring the canvas with a chaotic and stylized sense of malaise. Born in 1964 in Wuhan, China, he went on to study at the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, where he developed an interest in German Expressionist painting. Having lived through the Cultural Revolution, Zeng often focuses on this experience in his work. He critically explores the rapidly changing face of contemporary Chinese culture, as evidenced in his iconic painting Tiananmen (2004) of Mao. The artist was the subject of a major retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2013–2014, and in 2009 he represented China in the 2009 Venice Biennale. As a highly sought-after artist, his colorful painting Mask Series 1996 No.6 (1996) broke auction records in 2008, and became the highest-grossing work by a contemporary Asian artist. Zeng lives and works in Beijing, China.

1964 Born in Wuhan, China

1991 Graduated from Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department

Currently lives and works in Beijing, China

2012–2013 Zeng Fanzhi, Gagosian Gallery, London, England (solo)

2011 Zeng Fanzhi, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)

The World Belongs to You, Palalazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

Fusion, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Yiyuan Space, Wuhan, China

2010 Zeng Fanzhi: The Sublime, Union Temple, Brooklyn, USA (solo)

Zeng Fanzhi, Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)

Zeng Fanzhi, The National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria (solo)

Made in popland, National Museum of Contemporary art, Gwacheon, Korea

And-Writers 2010, Nan Jing Biennale, Jiangsu Provingcial Art Museum, Nangjing, China

2010 The Constructed Dimension, 2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition,

National Art Musume of China, Beijing, China

Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000-2009, Special Documenta,

China National Convention Center, Beijing, China

Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Fairy Tales: Selections from the MaGMA's collection, Opera Gallery, Singapore

Photo Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2009 Zeng Fanzhi, Godia Fundation, Barcelona, Spain (solo)

Art Beijing 2009--Zeng Fanzhi, Art Fairs Agricultural Exhibition Centre of China, Beijing, China (solo)

Narcissus looks for Echo, Zeng Fanzhi Suzhou Exhibition, Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province, China (solo)

Zeng Fanzhi, Acquavella Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

First Annual Conference of Collectors of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hejingyuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

Retrospect and Exploration, Hu Bei Province Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Another scene: artists' projects, concepts and ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China

Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA

China Gold, Museum Maillol, Paris, France

53rd Venice Biennial, Making World, La Biennale, Venice, Italy

Boao Asia Contemoprary Art Exhibition – Contemplation and Communication,

Boao Asian Forum International Meeting Center, Hainan, China

Contemporary Art from Hunan & Hubei 1985 – 2009, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangdong, China

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