Statement

My paintings deal with personal and collective emotions of being a first-generation immigrant in America, revolving around themes of alienation, displacement, and self-contradiction. I use a deconstructed and allegorical approach to create my painted scenes, incorporating my memories and experiences of my native country, China, as well as my current residence in America. My past experience during the Cultural Revolution in China, a time of social unrest, widespread propaganda, violence, and expected obedience to authority, has informed the underlying mood of my paintings and my questions of the place of the individual self in relation to its society. In my work I am interested in dualisms and tensions between the preservation of history and erasure, political structures and the individual, belonging and alienation, and material body and soul. Pulling from my photographic archive, I juxtapose symbols of construction, detritus, ritual, and ambivalence to reference my Chinese American immigrant experience and personal emotions that are in flux alongside historical and contemporary social environments.

Bio

Furong Zhang was raised in Shanghai, China during the Cultural Revolution. In 1977 he attended the Shanghai Normal University, majoring in oil painting. He received his MFA from Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing in 1987. In 1989, Zhang was part of the controversial first China Avant-Garde art show at Beijing's National Fine Art Museum. During that time he participated in various exhibitions held at the Beijing and Shanghai Fine Art Museums. In 1989, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and immigrated to America. He currently lives and works in Pennsylvania and New York.

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Education and Residencies

2021 Skowhegan Alumni Residency, Maine

1989 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine

1987 MFA, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China

1982 BFA, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China

 

Solo Exhibitions

2022 (forthcoming) “Crossing the Dry Sea”, Gallery 456, New York

2021 (forthcoming) “Scenes from a Metamorphosis”, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York

2019 Satellite Art Show, Brooklyn, NY

           Satellite Art Show, Miami

1999 Yale University, CT

1998 Middle Tennessee State University, TN

1990 Z Gallery, New York

 

Group Exhibitions

2022 (forthcoming) Bellefonte Art Museum, Pennsylvania

2019 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan

           Saatchi Art's The Other Fair, Brooklyn, NY

2018 Miao Art Space, Shanghai, China

2009 Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China

2006 Gallery North, New York

1996 Asian American Arts Center, New York

1994 Gallery at Park West, New York

1993 Sudderth Art International, Florida

1990 Muse Gallery, Massachusetts

1989 "China Avant-Garde Exhibition", National Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China

          Galerie Werner Milletin, Germany

1988 Shanghai Fine Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1987 Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China

1986 National Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China

1985 National Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China

          Shanghai Fine Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1984 Shanghai Fine Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1983 Shanghai Fine Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1982 Shanghai Fine Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Museum Collection

National Treasure Museum, Japan

Publications & Press

2020 SVA Visual Arts Journal, Spring/Summer 2020 Vol.28, Art Space Oddity

2019  New York Magazine, The Cut, Meet 10 Emerging Artists From the Other Art Fair

           Canvas by Saatchi Art, Interview, Brooklyn: Furong Zhang

           HocTok, #What Matters by Furong Zhang

Awards and Honors

2021 Hopper Prize, Finalist

1989 Fellowship for Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1985 Second Place, National Fine Art Exhibition of Youth, Beijing, China