Bio

I was born and raised in Shanghai, China during the Cultural Revolution. In 1977, the first year that China recovered its college education system, I attended the Shanghai Normal University and majored in oil painting. After graduating I taught at the same university. I received my MFA from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing in 1987.

 

In 1989 I was part of the controversial first China Avant-Garde art show at Beijing's National Fine Art Museum. I also participated in many exhibitions held at the Beijing and Shanghai Fine Art Museums.

 

I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1989, and immigrated to America. Since then I have lived in New York City and central Pennsylvania.

Statement

My paintings deal with my memories and experiences of dual histories, one of my native country, China, during the Cultural Revolution, and the other of my subsequent journey in America, where I currently reside. I am interested in the dynamics between exterior systems and inner dialogue, material person and soul, high and low culture, and other conflicting yet coexisting elements. Certain images, such as ones rooted in construction, detritus, ritual, subtle violence, and ambivalence are a way to reference the social effects of multiple cultures and changes associated with economic development and industrialization, yet also act as metaphors for an individual experience. I pull from my archive of images, taken from my own photographs, and synthesize the separate components into a new “reality” in an ambiguous space. Each painting is a build up of moments from an individual narrative into a constructed whole, after my slow digestion of collective histories.

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Education

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

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

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 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

1989 Fellowship for Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

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

Teaching Experience

1982-1989 Lecturer, Fine Art Department, Shanghai Normal University, China

 Artworks copyright ©2020 Furong Zhang