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b. 1961, China

Zheng Chongbin Biography

Zheng Chongbin, who splits his time between San Francisco and his native Shanghai, has probed the boundary between Western abstract expressionism and the most vital tenets of China’s long ink tradition for many years. Using a unique mix of ink and white acrylic paint Zheng’s virtuosic works have been championed by many critics as a sign of ink painting’s great comeback. Using bold strokes that play ‘void’ against ‘fullness’, the simple marriage of physical materials become Zheng’s stage for the spiritual resonance of xuan’s moyun to perform. In his project “Floating Ink” Zheng installs a forest of faux columns at the center of the gallery space which float above stacks of xuan paper. The newly added columns funnel ink onto the paper stacks below instilling them with new meaning in the process.

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To me the physical character of Xuan paper is all about absorbance and emergence. It is a vehicle in which the mind can inject meaning. The dripping from the columns impregnates the paper, and from this staining, meaning slowly emerges, as a visual poetics. Thus, the paper becomes the object that records gravity, mutability, volatility, and what takes shape is a transformation that is both physical and mental.

Zheng’s painting philosophy is one in which he purports to have no stylistic aims- only a quest for a sense of ‘hidden openness’. “Floating Ink” embodies this philosophy by positing the tenacious against the fragile, one of the essences of China’s long tradition. Photo of the artist courtesy of Artshare.com.

Zheng Chongbin Featured Artworks

Displaced Surface A-001 by Zheng Chongbin contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Zheng ChongbinDisplaced Surface A-001, 2020Ink and acrylic on Xuan paper
224 x 212 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery
Displaced Surface A-002 by Zheng Chongbin contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Zheng ChongbinDisplaced Surface A-002, 2021Ink and acrylic on Xuan paper
191.5 x 255 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery
Cast of Shadow by Zheng Chongbin contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Zheng ChongbinCast of Shadow, 2021Ink and acrylic on Xuan paper
185 x 143 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery
Trace of Time C by Zheng Chongbin contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Zheng ChongbinTrace of Time C, 2021Ink and acrylic on Xuan paper
173 x 134.6 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery
Light Crossed Over by Zheng Chongbin contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Zheng ChongbinLight Crossed Over, 2021Ink and acrylic on Xuan paper
128 x 102 cm
Chambers Fine Art Contact Gallery

Zheng Chongbin Recent Exhibitions

Zheng Chongbin Represented By

Asia Art Center contemporary art gallery in Taipei, Taiwan Asia Art Center Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei
Chambers Fine Art contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Chambers Fine Art Beijing, New York

Zheng Chongbin In Related Press

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Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States Related Press Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States 21 December 2018, Hyperallergic

In 2018, artists and curators across the United States have been crafting brilliant exhibitions across the US, exploring themes of identity and community in innovative ways. Ebony G. Patterson made a

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Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design Related Press Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design 8 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

November is a big month for Shanghai. From 10 to 13 November 2016, ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair will open its doors at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Now in its fourth year, the fair is an officially sanctioned project of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival and includes the participation of 84 galleries from 18 countries...

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MoCA Shanghai announces 'Shanshui Within' featuring 16 contemporary Chinese artists Related Press MoCA Shanghai announces 'Shanshui Within' featuring 16 contemporary Chinese artists 25 August 2016, CAFA Art Info

On September 3, 2016, sixteen contemporary Chinese artists will display several of their works at MoCA Shanghai as part of the museum’s new exhibition, Shanshui Within. The works will provide viewers with the artists’ unique interpretations of traditional Chinese culture and how it evolved as a result of the rapid development of...

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Zheng Chongbin - Myth, matter, medium Related Press Zheng Chongbin - Myth, matter, medium 29 December 2015, Randian

Art in China is driven by conflict, but not as frequently assumed by Western commentators. There is no simple “degenerate art” opposition to power—assuming there ever was, even in the West. And anyway, power is both slippery and mutable. Like any society in great transition, there are numerous fractures and tensions and in art, as...

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