b. 1973, China

Qi Lan Biography

Qi Lan was born in Anyue County, Sichuan Province in 1973. In 1996, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in the major of Chinese Traditional Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts at Southwest Normal University. In 2001, he graduated from the Department of Chinese Traditional Painting at Nanjing Arts Institute, with a Master of Arts Degree. In 2007, PH. D. Candidate of Professor Wang Mengqi in Fine Arts. Currently he is living and working in Shanghai as an editor of Art China.

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Qi Lan has studied traditional Chinese painting since a very young age, and his extensive reading has brought him a good knowledge on arts and philosophy of both China and the West. Before he started painting with mixed media on canvas, he has already been a well-known art critic on contemporary art and Chinese and western ancient painting. He believes that the best way to engage in art is to do experimental painting, which shows his ingrained rebellion in breaking art stereotypes and making art adventures.

Qi Lan has gone through the identity changes from an artist to a journalist, to a critic, and then back to an artist again. Many of his works are related to his readings. Through reading extracts of selected works, he draws inspirations in communicating and even arguing with the classical painters and works in art history in order to construct his specific painting languages.

Text courtesy A Thousand Plateaus Art Space.

Qi Lan Featured Artworks

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The Stones of Dongpo 东坡的石头 by Qi Lan contemporary artwork works on paper
Qi Lan The Stones of Dongpo 东坡的石头, 2015-2018 Mixed material on paper
91 x 139 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
The Remaining Mountain - Liangshan Bealock 剩山图—梁山垭口 by Qi Lan contemporary artwork painting
Qi Lan The Remaining Mountain - Liangshan Bealock 剩山图—梁山垭口, 2017–2019 Hand-made leather paper on wooden board
100 x 122 x 2 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Traces of Dongpo by Qi Lan contemporary artwork works on paper
Qi Lan Traces of Dongpo, 2018 Mixed material on paper
120 x 90 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Let Bygones Be Bygones - To Zhao Zhiqian No.3 by Qi Lan contemporary artwork works on paper
Qi Lan Let Bygones Be Bygones - To Zhao Zhiqian No.3, 2016 Comprehensive material on paper
98 x 144.5 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
To Bonnard, Set One 5 by Qi Lan contemporary artwork works on paper
Qi Lan To Bonnard, Set One 5, 2002 Comprehensive material on bast paper
36 x 78 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
To Bonnard, Set One 4 by Qi Lan contemporary artwork works on paper
Qi Lan To Bonnard, Set One 4, 2015 Comprehensive material on handmade bast paper
36 x 78 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
To Bonnard, Set One 3 by Qi Lan contemporary artwork works on paper
Qi Lan To Bonnard, Set One 3, 2015 Comprehensive material on handmade bast paper
36 x 78 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
To Bonnard, Set One 2 by Qi Lan contemporary artwork works on paper
Qi Lan To Bonnard, Set One 2, 2015 Comprehensive material on handmade bast paper
36 x 78 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery

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