Yi Zhu, tell us a little about yourself ...
I am a Chinese oil painting painter. I was born on 1958 in Beijing, China, and I started to get interested in painting in high school and participated in the extracurricular activities of the art group in elementary school and high school. I graduated from a professional art school in Beijing and also studied drawing part-time at an art college.
March 1987, I created four illustrations for the novel: Moving Human Form, from the Chinese literary master Mr.. Wang Meng, which was published in Hong Kong and China Foreign Languages Press. I also participated in art exhibition book illustration by People’s Literature Publishing House at the National Museum of Art of China.
I created illustrations for the novel Husband by Mr.. Shen Congwen, a great master of Chinese literature, and attended the literary illustration art exhibition held by the Chinese Artists Association Illustration and Decorative Art Committee at the National Museum of Art of China in November 1986.
In 1994, I founded my own design company, who provided services in graphic design and advertisements for Coca-Cola China, Budweiser China, Nestlé China and other brands. I won the best supplier award for creativity from the Marketing Department of Coca Cola China and the best supplier award from the Purchasing Department of Coca-Cola China.
I work with paint, as well as commercial art design.
When he woke up his desire to be an artist?
Commercial design is to serve customers (service), while painting is to express my subjective consciousness (subjective). I prefer the expression of subjective imagination when serving customers. That's why I chose to paint..
What kind of art do you like best?
Firstly, I like to see what is the content of artistic expression. I like what I can think, not from what i just saw. I like the expression of imagination, of the visual arts, do cinema, of music and dance.
I'm not painting. I'm painting ideas.
How he developed his style (techniques)?
I am the founder of Chinese deconstruction and reconstructivism in painting.
Deconstruct the material and rebuild the spirit.
My contribution is to integrate deconstruction and reconstruction into the big picture of contemporary Chinese oil painting and printmaking with the idea of systems integration, in order to create new ways of thinking.
Cite if you had artistic influences in your works and which artists?
My artworks are mainly influenced by the Austrian philosopher Wittgenstein. On both sides of the frame there is a border. My works are the painter's subjective within the border, while outside the frame is the reader's goal. The frontier of expression is the frontier of the world.
Do you have a family member or acquaintance who is an artist?
My wife is an independent Chinese painter.
Living from art is possible?
Life still depends on commercial design income, mainly because I'm currently painting, without trusting brokers, galleries or curators. I did not enter the commercial paint market!
Ever thought about not acting with more art? can comment why?
Painting is not performance. Painting is expression in works! Important artworks must be evocative. But I'm not against anything that helps promote art, as long as it makes people like it..
What skills are needed today for the artist?
Artists in the modern digital world must be critical talents with literary skills, musical, theatrical and dance, in addition to computing.
The artists must understand digital communication.
What do you feel when you create or appreciate a work of art?
Listen to the music and watch the work in silence.
Your inspirations to create a work of art?
deconstruction and reconstruction: deconstruct the creative elements. Deconstruct the material and rebuild the spirit.
Which art has impressed you the most so far?
You must always be creating or creating only at certain times?
I have to create always.
The product of your work is unique or has a close or distant relationship to your previous work?
What are the challenges of art / artist in the current scenario?
In the context of the current pandemic, the lack of solidarity between artists around the world shows the weakness and loneliness of artists before the pandemic. We face our life behaviors, symbolized with “flow and stop and responsibility”. Shows the fragility of artists in the reality of this huge expressive subject.
Social networks have helped you to spread your work?
How plastic arts can contribute to education and culture?
A art should not be authority and power and should not overemphasize the contribution rate. Art in education and culture must be to improve quality.
How you analyze the qualities of a work of art?
something i like, something that attracted me.
What are the criteria for stipulating the value of a work of art?
Talk about your projects today ...
Express freedom of life at the level of imagination and respect the right to life in the diversity of species.
What's your advice for those just starting out?
Paint your imaginary world in color! All are equal in terms of color!
If you want to leave a message ...
Painting is an expression; I want my work to be an awakening force, to seek freedom.
About your exhibitions, have any comments regarding, feelings…
Because of me, you see yourself.
Could you comment on some artistic curiosity?
Curiosity is because art has the liberating power to overcome loneliness.
How would you define your art in one line?
Deconstruct the material and rebuild the spirit.
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* Thanks to Buana Lima, plastic artist advisor, for all the pertinent information the interview.