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b. 1991, China

Wang Yi Biography

As an abstract painter, Wang Yi's practice is closely related to the new abstract movement in China initiated by artist Ding Yi. Rooted in the abstraction of both Neo Geo and Op Art that emanated from America and Europe— Frank Stella and Victor Vasarely are key influences—his work relies on chromatic variations and geometrical patterning to create complex illusions of movement and depth. Wang focuses on presenting the painted surface with simplicity and purity, further exploring surfaces themselves for subtle effects. Although densely colourful and complex, his work appears minimalist in its restraint. Here geometric abstraction appears mechanical, rigorous and precise, operating in a seemingly perfect order yet there is spontaneity and uncontrollability in both his process and the finished pieces, as perceptible blurs and ambiguous spaces appear where geometric shapes overlap and synthesise rhythmically and harmoniously.

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Wang's restricts his use of colour, employing primary, contrasting or complementary paint, intensively applied. He further divides his work into mathematically symmetrical or harmonious sections and finishes canvasses with transparent paints according to his own rational geometric plan to create linear forms and patterns. Wang minimises the painterly elements of his work to focus the viewer on the purity of his painting. The presence of the human hand is still felt in its imperfections, a very human pursuit of perfection, which allows for personal, contextual and cultural readings to be made by the viewer.

Wang Yi, born in 1991 in Shanghai. Since graduating from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 2013 he returned to Shanghai where he lives and works. His work has been exhibited at the Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, China Academy of Art Museum Hangzhou and at the Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art.

Text courtesy HdM GALLERY.

Wang Yi Featured Artworks

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Firewater 2019-17 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiFirewater 2019-17, 2019Mixed media on tempered glass
35 x 35 cm
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Firewater 2019-5 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiFirewater 2019-5, 2019Mixed media on tempered glass
35 x 35 cm
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Hub 2018 - 2 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiHub 2018 - 2, 2018Mixed media on canvas
220 x 220 cm
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Panorama 2019 - 2 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiPanorama 2019 - 2, 2019Mixed media on aluminium
60 x 30 cm
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Panorama 2017-01 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiPanorama 2017-01Mixed media on aluminum plate
60 x 30 cm
AIKE Contact Gallery
Panorama 2017-02 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiPanorama 2017-02Mixed media on aluminum plate
60 x 30 cm
AIKE Contact Gallery
Overlapping 2017-8 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiOverlapping 2017-8, 2017Mixed media on aluminum
90 x 90 cm
AIKE Contact Gallery
Cell 2017-4 by Wang Yi contemporary artwork
Wang YiCell 2017-4, 2017Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm
AIKE Contact Gallery

Wang Yi Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Group Show at HdM GALLERY, London
Closed
24 January–27 February 2020 Group Show HdM GALLERYLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Atonal River 无调之川 at AIKE, Shanghai
Closed
18 May–30 June 2019 Group Exhibition The Atonal River 无调之川 AIKEShanghai

Wang Yi Represented By

AIKE contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China AIKE Shanghai
HdM GALLERY contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom HdM GALLERY Beijing, Hangzhou, London

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