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GUO JIN | 郭晋

  • Lives in: Chongqing
Guo Jin (b. 1964) was born in Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, and attended the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, graduating from the oil painting department in 1990. His paintings frequently take children as his subject matter in a juxtaposition of youth with China's own development, and idealism lost. After graduating in the early '90s, he showed modestly within China, significantly in Guangzhou Biennale's 1992 oil painting exhibition, in which many of his Sichuan peers also showed works. Since then, as art institutions and infrastructure have grown within China, he has participated in an increasing number of shows, often with his brother, the artist Guo Wei. His bold use of color and skill at creating silk-screen-like texture in oil have garnered him the attention of many gallerists and collectors. He lives and works in Chongqing and Beijing.


Changes in our lives lead to dreams based on nostalgia, as opposed to a vision for the future. The backwards-looking nature of our ideals causes us to look at them as if they were a beautiful work of art. It is like living in a world intermingled with fantasy and reality. The past becomes our own fairytale, evoking a long-lost feeling of being alive. Although it is brief and illusory, this nostalgia drives people to constantly collect from the past, never realizing the beauty of true idealism.


1964Born in Chengdu
1990Bachelor's Degree in Oil Painting from the Sichuan Fine Arts Academy
2011"Unable Absence",Chinese Contemporary Art, Wenxuan Art Museum
Solo exhibition, Singapore Moca
2010"Reshaping history: Chinart from 2000 to 2009", National Metting Centre, Beijing
"And_writers", 2010 Nanjing Biennale, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing
2009"Child’s Play" Recent Paintings by Guo Jin, Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto
“Time Lag” Chinese Contemporary Art, Linda Art Centre, Beijing
Guowei and Guojin’s New Works, Dolores de Sierra Gallery, Madrid
2008“Appearance” Guo Jin 1992-2007, Solo Exhibition, Museum National, Jakarta
Solo exhibition, SHiNE Art Space, Shanghai
"Asia in Harmony", The 23rd Asian International Art Exhibition, Guangzhou
“The Sichuan Movement”, National Museum, Jakarta
Solo Exhibition, Olyvia Oriental, London
“Acting the Fool”, Gallery TN, Beijing
"Faces and Faces", Dolores de Sierra Gallery, Madrid, Spain
“Asian Contemporary”, Rudolf Budja Gallery, Salzburg Austria
"Don't Look Back", Pacific Art Group, Los Angeles, USA
2007“From New Figurative Image to New Painting”, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
“Figurative Possibilities” Guo Wei and Guo Jin’s New Works, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York
"Black, White and Gray--an Active Cultural Choice", Today Art Museum, Beijing
Solo show, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2006Solo show, Serieuze Zaken Studio, Amsterdam
"Ex-Change", An Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art, Sculpture Square Singapore
"Unclear and Clearness", Heyri Art Foundation, South Korea
"The Naked Truth", Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
The International Asian Art Fair, Now York, USA
“12345”, Yibo gallery, Shanghai
2005Solo exhibition, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Solo exhibition, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK
"The Review", LA Times Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
"Shine Art Space Makes Its Debut in Shanghai", Shine Art Space, Shanghai
2004"In Between", Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
"Chinart", Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy
"Chinart", Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
"Shaping", Yibo Gallery, Shanghai
"Posers", Courtyard Gallery, Beijing
2003Solo exhibition, Casa Garden Orient Foundation, Macau
Solo exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery, London, UK
"Chongqing Chilis", Trisolini Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
2002"China Art", Museum Kuppersmuhle Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg
The Paintings of Guo Jin and Guo Wei, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
Guo Jin and Guo Wei, New Works Exhibition, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing
Triennial of Chinese Arts, Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou
"On the Edge of the Millennium: New Art from China", Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
2001Working residency at the Delfina Art Studio, London, UK
"Chongqing Chilis", Kultur-Bahnhof, Kassel, Germany
"China Art Now!", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
The First Biennale of Chengdu, Modern Art Museum, Chengdu
2000"Door of the Century: 1979-1999 Chinese Contemporary Art", Modern Art Museum, Chengdu
Shanghai Art Museum Collection Exhibition, Shanghai
Guo Wei and Guo Jin - New Works, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing
"1+1", Recent Works by Zeng Fanzhi and Guo Jin, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
"Between the Lines", Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre, Sydney, Australia
1999"Art China!", LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1999 Invitational Academic Exhibition, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu
Collection Exhibition, Dongyu Art Gallery, Shenyang
Solo exhibition, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK
1998Solo exhibition, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK
"Confused…Reckoning with the Future" Contemporary Chinese Paintings and Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"5000+10" Contemporary Art from Mainland China, Bilbao, Spain
"Made in China" Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Nikolaus Sonne Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Asian Avant-garde, Christie’s, London, UK
Guo Wei and Guo Jin, Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA
The Guo Brothers, Soobin Gallery, Singapore
1997"Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom: Chinese Art of the 90’s", Gallery Rudolfinum, Prague
The First Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Hong Kong Art Centre
"Quotation Marks", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
"8+8-1, Selected Paintings by 15 Contemporary Artists", Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1996"CHINA!", Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
"Dream Shares—Five Artists from Mainland China", Jamaica Art Centre, New York, USA
The First Exhibition of the China Oil Painting Society, China National Gallery, Beijing
1995"The Urban Idealist—New Art from Sichuan", Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
The History of Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition from Realism to Post-Modernism, Gallerie Theoremes, Brussels
The Third Annual Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting, China National Gallery, Beijing
1994"The Strange Environment ’94", Chongqing
1992"Oil Paintings from the 90’s", The Guangzhou Biennale, Guangzhou
The Estella Collection, New York
Casa Garden Orient Foundation, Macau
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Upriver Art Gallery, Chengdu
Dongyu Art Gallery, Shenyang
Stiftung fur Kunst und Kultur, Bonn
The Olenska Foundation, Geneva
Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen
2008 Schurian, Walter. From the Kindenschema to an Image of Man: Guo jin’s Willfully Different World of Imagery. Jakarta: National Museum, exhibition catalogue
Pi, Li. Appearance: Guo Jin’s Return. Jakarta: National Museum, exhibition catalogue
2007Zhai Yongming. Being Competent in the Beauty of Joy. Hong Kong: Kwai Fung Art Publishing House
Callisto Searle. Things that Change, Things that Don’t. Hong Kong: Kwai Fung Art Publishing House
2004Schurian, Walter. From the Kindenschema to an Image of Man: Guo Jin’s Wilfully Different World of Imagery. San Francisco: LIMN Gallery, exhibition catalogue
2002Goedhuis, Michael. On the Edge of the Millennium: New Art from China, New York, London: Goedhuis Contemporary
Thompson, Melissa Walt. Children of China: The Paintings of Guo Jin and Guo Wei, New York: Goedhuis Contemporary, exhibition catalogue
2001Dream 2001: Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, London: The Red Mansion Ltd
2000New Works: Guo Wei and Guo Jin. Beijing: The Courtyard Gallery
1995Schoeni, Manfred. History of Chinese Oil Painting: From Realism to Post-Modernism. Brussels: Schoeni Art Gallery Ltd.
Li Xianting. Guo Wei and Guo Jin's 'Children