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SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam Opens Zhuang Hong Yi Solo Exhibition

SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition ‘In Bloom’ shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.

Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the ‘Flowerbed’ series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.

All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.

Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.

SmithDavidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.

Zhuang Hong Yi, Flowerbed Colorchange, 2019. Courtesy SmithDavidson Gallery.