Zhuang Hong Yi

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Chinese artist, Zhuang Hong Yi, is deeply influenced by the French impressionists, kinetic art and Buddhist philosophy. His lush, layered, and intricate “flowerbed” paintings, created by folding countless pieces of painted rice paper into tiny blossoms, are indicative of Zhuang Hong Yi’s unforgettable approach. Coating these flowers with brightly colored layers of acrylic and oil paint, the effect is a visual experience whereby the color shifts entirely depending upon the perspective of the viewer. Because of this visual effect, movement is a central theme in his work. His beautifully intricate 3-dimensional paintings can evolve and shift with a tilt of the head or a step to the side.

There are countless meanings and emotions to be found in each painting. They reflect the singularity of the human experience, the subjectivity of reality and the evolution of perception. Embedded in all his works is a deep connection with his Chinese heritage. Living in the Netherlands, a place world famous for its profusion of flowers, he combines his past with his present. The result is an oeuvre that is strikingly beautiful, spiritual, and painstakingly intricate.

Born in 1962 in Sichuan Province, China, Zhuang Hong Yi has exhibited in galleries and museums across Europe, Asia and America. These include Museum Black Tulip in the Netherlands, Ulm Museum in Germany, and Found Museum in Beijing.

Hong Yi currently lives and works between The Netherlands & Beijing.

The fact that one can recognize features from his Chinese background which, at the same time, are gracefully combined with strong Western allure is undoubtedly the result of his upbringing and education in China and the international ‘European’ experience and inspiration he has gained since 1990, when he moved to the Netherlands; where he eventually settled with his wife Lu Luo, also an artist.

Even after many years of residence in Europe, Zhuang still holds his studio in Beijing, China, where he returns a couple of times a year to work, collect new materials and to get inspiration.

Since moving to Western Europe in the early nineties Zhuang Hong Yi ‘s style has continuously developed. His work exists in many different forms, shapes, but also in a variety of materials and sizes. Zhuang Hong Yi has made paintings with ink, mixed traditional Chinese materials like acrylic and oil paint and rice paper. Zhuang’s paintings are very often characterized by a daring and surprising mix of bright colors.

He also creates sculptures and art objects in wood, porcelain, and metals, amongst others. But all of his work is inviting and often very surprising; even for those who know his art well. He has recently developed a new and unknown signature technique, that make his ‘FLOWERBEDS’ change colour from each different perspective.