Zhang Ji Biography

Born in 1978 in Shandong, Zhang Ji graduated with a master's degree from the Mural Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing.

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Zhang's art creation focuses on taking motifs from ancient religious architecture and referencing them through abstract painting. He replaces traditional brushstrokes with paint reliefs painstakingly created with a custom-made industrial pneumatic injector. The artist uses a language that opposes painting in a manner akin to physical experimentation, and distils a form of painting that defies conventional notions of the art form.

During his college education, in addition to receiving systematic academic training, Zhang also conducted fieldwork at various archaeological sites and museums. As a Buddhist, Zhang travelled to Dunhuang and studied murals in the renowned Thousand Buddha Caves; he then visited multiple religious architectural sites around the world to enhance his art creation through firsthand experiences. Many of his works are derived from his on-site photography or sketches. The artist's own religious belief undoubtedly sparked his sociological contemplation and interest in religious art. On the other hand, modern art in the west, ranging from Duchamp and Piero Manzoni to 1960s New York conceptualism, has also profoundly inspired his art.

Zhang Ji's selected solo exhibitions include Ultima (2024), Pearl Lam, Shanghai, China; Augmented Labour (2023), Shanghai Saisen Art, Shanghai, China; Subliminal Matrix (2021), Volery Gallery, Dubai, UAE; ZHANG JI (2017), F2 Gallery, Marbella, Spain; Skin of Truth (2016), The Temple Hotel Gallery, Beijing, China; and There are things outside the heart (2007), Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. Selected group exhibitions include Among Friends (2017), Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China. Zhang's works have been collected by important public and private institutions and collectors, including Uli Sigg, dslcollection in France, Saudi Royal Collection, European royal collections, Dubai Royal Collection, and Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal (Picasso's Birthplace Museum), among others.

Text courtesy Pearl Lam Galleries.

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Zhang Ji The Skin of Truth 88, 2018 Oil on canvas
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