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CHEN JIAO | 陈皎

  • Lives in: Chongqing
Chen Jiao (b. 1983) was born in Chengdu, Sichuan province, and attended the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, graduating from the oil painting department in 2006. After staying on for a Master's degree at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chen left the country for a residence scholarship at the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Germany, followed by an art exchange at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff. Chen's Chinese and European pedigree has served her well, and she is widely exhibited within China. Her works are often nostalgic, recreating the industrial surroundings of her childhood in ghost-like architectural sketches. Other works are abstracted paintings of natural surroundings, paintings that seem to equally mix the subjects of traditional Chinese landscape with the power of abstract expressionism. To Chen, both approaches are means of exploring the spiritual essence of an object, exploring the mixed significations and emotional registers as they exist in her mind.

A WORD FROM THE ARTIST

I was born in a “satellite city,” a place with lots of factories and warehouses for kids to play in. During my idle time (which was most of the time during my childhood) I wandered around the silent corners a lot, whiling away my days. At the granary, for example, I would watch the farmers drying grain on vast fields, and then wait for the sparrows to come and eat it; I would find two pieces of flints from the shoolyard’s rockpile to bring home; or I would take long walks along newly discovered trails and then try to find my way home before sunset… I loved killing time like this. But I never imagined that that such an idle childhood would help me construct such a rich inner world. The deserted riverbank, the playground corner, the shade under the trees were paradise in my mind.

I hope I can recreate that paradise in my paintings, without any disguise, glorification or mystification, just the bare truth. And I hope that this truth will move those who share my experience.

CURRICULUM VITAE

1983Born in Chengdu, Sichuan Province
2006Bachelor's Degree in Oil Painting, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
2006Master's Degree in Oil Painting, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
2007Stipendium Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany
2008Art Exchange, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Exhibitions
2011 "Some Day", Solo Exhibition, Tally Beck Contemporary, New York, USA
"Perspective and Intuition",Re-C Art Space,Chengdu
2010‘Visual Flux", Easel Painting Research Exhibition1, Space and Energy, Nanjing
"Quite Particular", Solo Exhibition, In-Shine Gallery, Beijing
2009Luo Zhongli Scholarship Exhibition, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing
"Fresh Eye’09—Falsification", He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
"Individual" New Art from Beyond Beijing, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
"Celebrating the Red Dragon", Wales Visual Arts Exhibition, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai
2008"Go Into", 501 Modern Art Museum, Chongqing
“囧——Expression and Attitude ”, The Third Shanghai Duolun Youth Art Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Solo Exhibition, Art Scene China, Shanghai, Beijing
"Bossanova",Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK
"New Art From China", Art Scene, New York, USA
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
"Dream & Reality", Moon River Cultural Creative Industry Zone, Beijing
"Re-explaination of Contemporary Art", Chongqing Art Museum, Guangzhou Fine art Academy Art Museum, Guangzhou, Chongqing
Wales Week Workshop, Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
2007"Art Vent", Koblenz, Germany
Solo Exhibition, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai
"Entspannen auf die Klassische Art (Relax)", Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany
Chinese Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Reed Savage Gallery, Miami, USA
"Infinite Horizon", Ku Art Center, Beijing
"Eurasia One", Island 6, Shanghai
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Chinese Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Reed Savage Gallery, Miami, Florida
2006Dragonair Emerging Chinese Artists Exhibition, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai
Exhibition of Excellent Graduates of 2006
He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2004Annual Sichuan Fine Arts Academy Undergraduate Students Exhibition, Chongqing
2003Annual Sichuan Fine Arts Academy Undergraduate Students Exhibition, Chongqing
Awards and Publications
2007Fellowship to Schloss Balmoral, Germany
Works published in Art World
2006Dragonair Emerging Chinese Artists Exhibition, Awarded Gold Prize, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai
Published in Contemporary Artists

ARTWORK

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