Lives and Works: Beijing
Yi Deer was born in China in 1961. He received a B.A. in Painting from Inner Mongolian Normal University in 1983.
His recent major exhibitions include: “All Gods: The Holy Family of Chinese Contemporary Art” (Song Zhuang Contemporary Art Museum of Document, Beijing, China; 2015); “ Flashback of Art History” (ELION Art Museum, Beijing, China; 2015); “Industrial Presence: Triennial of Chinese Industrial Art Prints” (Hu Bei Art Museum, China; 2015); “The First Chang Jiang International Photo & Video Biennale” (Chongqing, China; 2015); “Green Box” (Croatian Academy of Sciences & Arts / National Gallery of Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo / Pucko Otvoreno Uciliste; 2013); “Reshaping History” (Beijing International Exhibition Centre, China; 2010); “China New Wind” (Gwangju Municipal Art Museum, Korea; 2007); “Documenta of Chinese Contemporary Art” (China Millennium Monument, Beijing China; 2006); “The Skin of Cities: A Possibility Research of Contemporary Cosmopolitan Photography & Video” (Macao Tashi Culture Centre; 2005); “Tian An Men” (Amsterdam Photo Museum, The Netherlands; 2005); “The Second Chengdu Biennale” (Chengdu MoCA, China; 2005); “Tomorrow Never Look Back” (Guandu Art Museum, Taiwan; 2005); “Distance” (Guang Dong Art Museum, China; 2003); “Self-talk” (CAAW, Beijing, China; 2002); “Chinese New Photo & Video” (Pingyao International Photo Festival, China; 2002); etc.
Paintings Yi Deer made between 2010 and 2015 depict single objects of everyday life. The composition is simple with rich colors and lively tone.
"I don’t know whether there is an effective strategy for artists to maintain their original intention. Personally speaking, painting becomes more and more like a hobby. There are better ways to make a living. Why painting? Therefore, I dare say that getting close to my heart truthfully is going to be my lifelong hobby." Yi Deer said.
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