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Hongyu ZHANG

Hongyu ZHANG
(1981- )
Nationality: cn China


175 artworks   Artistic domains : Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography

The place to start when trying to account for Zhang Hongyu’s biography and uniqueness is with the wild, windswept steppes of Mongolia, where Zhang Hongyu was born in 1981.

Growing up, in his peregrinations across China with his uncle, a teacher at the Ulan Hot Fine Arts School, he would capture the essence of the diversity of cultures, the range of landscapes and the potential of images. At the same time, he studied calligraphy and the centuries -old Chinese art of painting. Indian ink is his tradition.

Soon, Zhang nurtured a desire to become an artist which transformed into a calling.

The second touchstone is that the West mesmerized Zhang. As with many of his Chinese predecessors such as Xu Beihong, San Yu, Chu Te Chun, Zao Wu Ki , and the new wave of contemporary artists, Zhang, having graduated in 2003 from the Fine Arts School in Mongolia where in majored in engraving, departed for Europe. During this period he travelled intensively, incorporating new faces and images into his imaginary museum, before settling in France. In 2007, he graduated from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Versailles.

It is hardly surprising that, in tribute to this multi -dimensional cultural clout, Zhang devoted his first exhibition to a ‘’Salute to the Masters’’. Portraits of Michelangelo, Kafka and Rodin embody his take and insight into western art and philosophy.

Portraits are his pictorial signifier - a portrait that is a landscape of his own soul , a portrait which must summon, in a musical movement, the essence of strength, energy and the Chinese Qi.

Across the continents, from Asia westbound, from the Mongolian steppes, from his nomadic roots to sprawling cities, Zhang is the “passer on.” You can trace these multiple strands of influence in Zhang.

His artistic vocabulary is therefore a symbiosis between his forefathers, Chinese masters and Western culture and techniques. Calligraphy and monochromatic ink, charcoal on paper, and acrylic, oil and pastel colours - in resonance with his western influences, particularly German expressionism- are interconnected in his artworks.

In contrast to the monochromatic tone from the start, epitomizing his own state of mind, despair and loneliness after both his father and mother passed away, Zhang lately has added a few windows of colour drippings, a few windows of hope.

His new opus, “Night Melody’’ is a tribute to memory, with iconic images of Mongolian horses hitting the plains, swept by a fierce wind, with their hooves.

From East to West, from West to East, Zhang Hongyu lives and works in Paris and China .

Liliane-Carol Benoit
The place to start when trying to account for Zhang Hongyu’s biography and uniqueness is with the wild, windswept steppes of Mongolia, where Zhang Hongyu was born in 1981.

Growing up, in his peregrinations across China with his uncle, a teacher at the Ulan Hot Fine Arts School, he would capture the essence of the diversity of cultures, the range of landscapes and the potential of images. At the same time, he studied calligraphy and the centuries -old Chinese art of painting. Indian ink is his tradition.

Soon, Zhang nurtured a desire to become an artist which transformed into a calling.

The second touchstone is that the West mesmerized Zhang. As with many of his Chinese predecessors such as Xu Beihong, San Yu, Chu Te Chun, Zao Wu Ki , and the new wave of contemporary artists, Zhang, having graduated in 2003 from the Fine Arts School in Mongolia where in majored in engraving, departed for Europe. During this period he travelled intensively, incorporating new faces and images into his imaginary museum, before settling in France. In 2007, he graduated from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Versailles.

It is hardly surprising that, in tribute to this multi -dimensional cultural clout, Zhang devoted his first exhibition to a ‘’Salute to the Masters’’. Portraits of Michelangelo, Kafka and Rodin embody his take and insight into western art and philosophy.

Portraits are his pictorial signifier - a portrait that is a landscape of his own soul , a portrait which must summon, in a musical movement, the essence of strength, energy and the Chinese Qi.

Across the continents, from Asia westbound, from the Mongolian steppes, from his nomadic roots to sprawling cities, Zhang is the “passer on.” You can trace these multiple strands of influence in Zhang.

His artistic vocabulary is therefore a symbiosis between his forefathers, Chinese masters and Western culture and techniques. Calligraphy and monochromatic ink, charcoal on paper, and acrylic, oil and pastel colours - in resonance with his western influences, particularly German expressionism- are interconnected in his artworks.

In contrast to the monochromatic tone from the start, epitomizing his own state of mind, despair and loneliness after both his father and mother passed away, Zhang lately has added a few windows of colour drippings, a few windows of hope.

His new opus, “Night Melody’’ is a tribute to memory, with iconic images of Mongolian horses hitting the plains, swept by a fierce wind, with their hooves.

From East to West, from West to East, Zhang Hongyu lives and works in Paris and China .

Liliane-Carol Benoit


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Exhibitions

Exhibitions


2017 :
< Take Five > Exposition collective , Galerie Atelier V à Paris .
2016 :
< FIG Bilbao > Exposition collective , MH Gallery, Bilbao, Espagne .
< Noblesse Sauvage > Exposition personnelle , Centre Culturel de Chine à Paris .
< Exposition Hongyu ZHANG > Espace de la Calende , Rouen , France .

2015 :
< Hongyu ZHANG et Alexandre MIJATOVIC > Carré des Coignard , Nogent , France .
< Duo Exposition > Exposition de Hongyu ZHANG et Léo ANDREU, Galerie Atelier V, Paris .

2014 :
< West to Est > Musée YI Shanghai , Shanghai , CHINE .
< Lauréats de Peugeot > Espace Christiane Peugeot , Paris .

2013 :
< Hommages aux maîtres > Galerie Besseiche , Saint-Tropez , FRANCE .
2012 :
< Shades And Clouds > Exposition personnelle, Palac Krizic, Smichov-Prague, République TCHEQUE .
< Expression > Exposition personnelle , Galerie Atelier V, Paris .
< Lauréat du Mai des créateurs > Exposition personnelle, Centre culturel Aragon-Triolet, Orly , FRANCE .
< Lauréat de la Fondation Charles Oulmont > Exposition personnelle, Etoile Saint Honoré, Paris .
2011:
< Art En Capital > Salon international, Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, Paris .
2010 :
< Trait Pour Trait > Exposition personnelle, Galerie salon des arts, Nantes , FRANCE .
2009 :
< Galerie En RE > Pont-l’Abbé, FRANCE.
< Biennale Internationale de Guanlan > Musée Guanlan, Shenzhen, CHINE.
< Salon de GAP > Invité d’Honneur , Maison Saint Vincent , Villepreux , FRANCE.

2008 :
< Catadioptre > Exposition personnelle , Galerie l’Angolo di UMBERTO, Bolzano, ITALIE.
< Voyages > Exposition personnelle , Cité Internationale des Arts , Paris.
< Salon du Val de Cher > Mairie de Saint-Victor, FRANCE.
< ZHANG Hongyu > Galerie ERIC LHOSTE , Pau , FRANCE.
2007:
< Salon d’Automne 2007 > Paris.
2002:
< Silence > Exposition nationale, Musée d’art de Mongolie, CHINE.