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.

Born in Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, 1978 | Lives and works in Beijing

Text courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Zheng Lu Featured Artworks

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Airily Surging by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Airily Surging, 2019 Stainless steel
125 x 90 x 130 cm
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Water in Dripping No.12 by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Water in Dripping No.12, 2014 Stainless steel
210 x 160 x 120 cm
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Trickle by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Trickle, 2019 Stainless steel
100 x 90 x 105 cm
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Jin Bo by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Jin Bo, 2019 Stainless steel
193 x 120 x 82 cm
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Water in Dripping #8 by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Water in Dripping #8, 2013 Stainless steel
65 x 39.4 x 51.2 inches
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Water in Dripping #4 by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Water in Dripping #4, 2012 Stainless steel
118.1 x 70.9 x 106.3 inches
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Water in Dripping No. 1 by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Water in Dripping No. 1, 2009 Stainless steel
140 x 175 x 60 cm
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Water in Dripping - Splashing by Zheng Lu contemporary artwork sculpture
Zheng Lu Water in Dripping - Splashing, 2014 Stainless steel
127 x 190 x 340 inches
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Zheng Lu Recent Exhibitions

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Zheng Lu Represented By

Sundaram Tagore Gallery contemporary art gallery in Chelsea, New York, USA Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong, New York, Singapore

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