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Lived/Active: China      Known for: expressionist painting, hospital themes

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Zeng Fanzhi (1964, Wuhan, China)

He paints subjects ranging from portraits and rural landscapes to politically charged motifs.  "Zeng Fanzhi's paintings are immediately recognizable by their signature expressionistic style, an effect that lends provocative sensations of underlying violence, psychological tension, or supernatural aura to his lavishly rendered canvases." (Saatchi Gallery)

Zeng Fanzhi has exhibited internationally in shows including the First Triennial of Chinese Arts at Guangzhou Art Museum, China, China! at the Bonn Kunstmuseum in Germany and Paris - Pekin at Pierre Cardin in Paris.  He is noted for his Mask series of portraits depicting Chinese people of the 1990s.  In May 2008, one of them, Mask Series 1996 No. 6, was auctioned for $9.7 million.

On June 11th, 2010, Zeng Fanzhi arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria, where for a period of two months, the Bulgarian National Art Gallery hosted an exhibition of his paintings.

The artist lives and works in Beijing.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2006  Zeng Fanzhi's Solo-Exhibition with New Paintings, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China
Zeng Fanzhi - Paintings, Wedel, London

2005  Sky, Fine Art Literature, Wuhan, China
Zeng Fanzhi, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

2004  Scapes - Zeng Fanzhi works from 1989-2004, Hexiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen,China
Face, Soobin Gallery, Singapore
Unmask the Mask - Zeng Fanzhi, Gallery Artside, Korea

2003  I. We, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China

2001  Raw Beneath the Mask, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China

1998  Zeng Fanzhi Works 1993-1998, CIFA Gallery, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China

1995  Behind the Mask, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

1990  Zeng Fanzhi, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Gallery, Hubei, China

Group Exhibitions:
2006  Zhou ChunYa, Zeng FanZhi and Ji DaChun, LONGRUN ART, Beijing, China

2005  China, Contemporary Painting, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Bologna, Italy
Mahjong, Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg" Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

Exhibition of Nominate for Art Documentation, Art Gallery of Hubei Academy of Art, Hubei, China
Face to Face - Six Artists and one Era, Robert & Li Art Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

2003  Left Hand and Right Hand - Group exhibition of Chinese and German Contemporary Art, 798 Art Space, Beijing, China

2002  Paris - Pekin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
The First Triennial of Chinese Arts, Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Korean and Chinese painting - 2002 New Expression", Seoul Arts, Korea

2001  Academic and Un-Academic, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
Toward a New Image: Twenty years of Chinese Contemporary Painting, Beijing China Art Gallery; Shanghai Art Museum; Guangzhou Art Museum; Chengdu Modern Art Museum, China

2000  Futuro Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Center of Macau (CACOM), Macau

1999  Open Entrance", Dong Yu Museum of Contemporay Art, Shenyang, China
Chinese Oil Painting for Fifty Years, International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China

1998  It Is Me, Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Art, Nikolaus Sonne Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

1997  Quotation Marks, Chinese Contemporary Art", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

1996  China!, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
Reality, Present and Future, International Art Palace, Beijing, China
First Academic Exhibition of Chinese Art, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

1995  Out From the Middle Kingdom: Chinese Avant-Garde Art, Santa Monica Arts Centre, Barcelona, Spain
Kulturen der Welt, Hamburg, Germany

1994  Exhibition of Works Nominated By Art Critics", China Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong

1993  New Art From China, Marlborough Fine Arts, London
China's New Art, Post-1989, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

1992  Guangzhou Biennial-Oil Painting of the Nineties, Guangzhou Convention Centre, Guangzhou, China

Sources include:
Saatchi Gallery

Biography from Tobin Reese Fine Art:
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Zeng Fanzhi (1964-) is a contemporary Chinese artist. His art is known for his distinct expressionistic style rooted in German tradition. He currently resides in Beijing.

Zeng was born in Wuhan, Hubei province. After Chairman Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution ended in 1976, Zeng was free to study art. He decided to attend the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in 1987. It was at the academy that he first encountered expressionism, a style with which he connected immediately. By studying German expressionism, he was able to gain a deeper understanding of the art which he chose to pursue. He graduated from the academy in 1991.

Zeng tends to paint pictures which relate to his real life experiences at a given point in time. By injecting his own emotional state regarding the subject of the piece into his work, Zeng is able to bring a unique angle to his artistic output. He began this period of his work with his Hospital series which depicts angry, sorrowful scenes from a hospital. He moved on to painting his Mask series, paintings which depict the solitude of living behind a mask. As he began to transition into the late 1990s, his style changed again, moving away from explicit depictions of emotion to a more subtle approach, invoking the blending of soft colors instead of the contrast between opposites.

Ian Martyn for Tobin Reese Fine Art

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