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b. 1978, Mongolia

Zheng Lu Biography

The gravity-defying sculptural works of Zheng Lu are deeply influenced by his study of traditional Chinese calligraphy, an art form he practiced growing up in a literary family. Zheng Lu uses language as a pictorial element, inscribing the surface of his stainless-steel sculptures with thousands of Chinese characters derived from texts and poems of historical significance.

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To create his metal sculptures, Zheng Lu begins with a plaster base. He then laser-cuts characters into metal, and in a fashion similar to linking chainmail, uses heat to connect the pictographs so that they can be shaped to the support. The resulting works are technically astonishing; their fluid, animated forms are charged with the energy (qi) of the universe, belying their steel composite.

Zheng Lu graduated from Lu Xun Fine Art Academy, Shenyang, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture in 2003. In 2007, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, while also attending an advanced study program at The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris. Zheng Lu has participated in numerous exhibitions in China and abroad, including at the Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem; The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow; Musée Océanographique, Monaco; Musée Maillol, Paris; the National Museum of China, Beijing; the Long Museum and the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai. In 2015, the artist had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, one of the leading institutions in the region.

Zheng Lu was born in Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, 1978, and lives and works in Beijing.

Text courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Zheng Lu Featured Artworks

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Trickle by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuTrickle, 2019Stainless steel
100 x 90 x 105 cm
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Jin Bo by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuJin Bo, 2019Stainless steel
193 x 120 x 82 cm
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Jin Bo by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuJin Bo, 2017Stainless steel
177 x 80 x 114 cm
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Ni by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuNi, 2019Stainless steel
150 x 170 x 124.5 cm
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Water in Dripping #8 by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuWater in Dripping #8, 2013Stainless steel
65 x 39.4 x 51.2 inches
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Water in Dripping #4 by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuWater in Dripping #4, 2012Stainless steel
118.1 x 70.9 x 106.3 inches
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Water in Dripping No. 1 by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuWater in Dripping No. 1, 2009Stainless steel
140 x 175 x 60 cm
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Water in Dripping - Splashing by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork
Zheng LuWater in Dripping - Splashing, 2014Stainless steel
127 x 190 x 340 inches
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Zheng Lu Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Between Earth and Sky at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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23 July–24 August 2019 Group Exhibition Between Earth and Sky Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Zheng Lu, Hiroshi Senju, Coursing Water at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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15 June–6 July 2019 Zheng Lu, Hiroshi Senju Coursing Water Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Zheng Lu, Root Metaphor at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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13 June–13 July 2019 Zheng Lu Root Metaphor Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York

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Young sculptor confronts timeless themes Related Press Young sculptor confronts timeless themes 8 December 2016, Shanghai Daily

It’s rare to see a sculptor as young as Zheng Lu land a solo exhibition, let alone an exhibition at a venue like Long Art Museum, one of the top museums in the city. Born in 1978 in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, Zheng studied at Lunxun Art Academy in Shenyang, the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des...

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Interview: Zheng Lu on his huge gravity-defying sculptures Related Press Interview: Zheng Lu on his huge gravity-defying sculptures 8 April 2016, Blouin ArtInfo

Encountering Zheng Lu’s giant sculptures in which he crafts cascades and splashes of water out of chainmail, a question forms itself in your mind: “How did he make those?” Many visitors to Art Stage Singapore in January asked the question when they first saw the artist’s work, and visitors to his latest exhibition...

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Image Re-Creation - Zheng Lu "Resurface" Related Press Image Re-Creation - Zheng Lu "Resurface" 17 November 2014, Pang Huiying for Cafa Art Info / 13 November 2014

Pang Huiying: Your background is in sculpture, though you are young, you have received undergraduate and master's degree at the Central Academy of Fine Arts from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, but also famous in the art world. What prompted you to start a two-dimensional art? Zheng Lu: Yes, I majored in sculpture learning, professional...

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