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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Cao Yi

b. 1981, China

Cao Yi is an instructor at the oil painting department in Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He was a sculpture major at CAFA and his graduation project was a series of plaster statues covered with hair, an experimental set of self-portraits using unconventional materials. He continued his studies at the New York Academy of Art, but studied traditional western painting instead. His recent paintings seem to deliberately blur the boundaries of various techniques. With both the forms and techniques seemingly simple and straightforward, his works give us a sense of child-like persistence. There is a purity to his works, as if the artist is whispering into the canvas for an extended period of time. In Cao's art, classical and modern techniques are mixed with experimental techniques and contemporary materials. The way they integrate is very subtle, and held together in a delicately balanced, fragile manner.

Featured Artworks

Home 家 by Cao Yi contemporary artwork Cao YiHome 家, 2014-2015 Acrylic on paper
109.5 x 77 cm
Chambers Fine Art
Window No.5 窗 No.5 by Cao Yi contemporary artwork Cao YiWindow No.5 窗 No.5, 2016 Acrylic on paper
78.5 x 107 cm
Chambers Fine Art
Snow-white No.1雪色No.1 by Cao Yi contemporary artwork Cao YiSnow-white No.1雪色No.1, 2018 Acrylic on paper
80 x 120 cm
Chambers Fine Art

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Li Qing, Yi Xin Tong, Cao Yi, Zhao Zhao, Adrift at Chambers Fine Art, New York
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24 January–2 March 2019 Li Qing, Yi Xin Tong, Cao Yi, Zhao Zhao Adrift Chambers Fine Art, New York

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