Zhuang Hong Yi. Inflorescence
The year 2021 in Erarta opened with a special exhibition by the Dutch/Chinese artist Zhuang Hong Yi
Born in the Sichuan Province but residing in the Netherlands from the 1990s onwards, Zhuang has eloquently married the traditional Chinese medium of rice paper and the illustrious Dutch flower landscapes. He has managed to do so in a highly unique manner by creating 3-dimensional paintings made of painstakingly hand-folded rice-paper flowers covered in colour-shifting layers of acrylic and oil paint.
The works themselves need to be considered as both sculpture and painting, hence requiring the viewer to walk past them in order to appreciate the transformation of the chromatic spectrum. It is really something that needs to be seen to be believed.
Zhuang’s oeuvre is divided between his paint-based works and object-sculpture, although only the former will be shown in Erarta. Here, the artist’s remarkable ‘Landscapes’ and ‘Flowerbeds’ will be displayed in such a way that a continuous hue cycle will be created for the viewer as soon as they enter the exhibition space, ensuring an uninterrupted colour field experience.
We look forward to welcoming you to this exceptional show.
Exhibition curator – Dasha Vass
Born in 1962 in Sichuan Province, China, Zhuang Hong Yi Si started his fine art training at the Sichuan College of Fine Arts in China and subsequently studied at the Academie Minerva in the Netherlands, where he currently resides.
Zhuang is one of the most prominent contemporary Chinese artists to date, as witnessed by him being selected to represent China at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He has seen wide commercial success, having been shown at many important art fairs, such as Art Basel, Art Miami, EXPO Chicago, TEFAF Maastricht, and The Armory Show in New York City. Zhuang has been equally popular on the museum side with exhibitions at the Museum Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany in 2019 and Museum de Zwarte Tulip Lisse in the Netherlands, amongst others.
Furthermore, his works are included in various prestigious private and museum collections globally, including the Museum of Sichuan Fine Art in China and the Groninger Museum and Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer in the Netherlands.
This exhibition has been made possible through a collaboration with SmithDavidson Gallery.