Lives and Works: Paris
Yu Jen-chih (b. 1977 Taipei, Taiwan) artist painter and art critic, has been based in Paris since 1999. He studied Fine Art at Tunghai University, Taiwan (1995-1999) and holds a DEA postgraduate degree in Film History from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris I. From a young age, Yu experimented with different painting and engraving techniques. Between 2008 and 2014, he participated in several group exhibitions at the Fondation Alliance française (Paris, Bahrain), Town Hall of Bogota (Colombia), Municipal Museum of Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine), as well as in several galleries and cultural institutes in France (Paris, Dinard, Brest, Quimper), Italy (Avellino) and Argentina (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano, La Plata).
In April 2010, Yu Jen-chih shared an exhibition with Russian born artist Masha S. at the legendary Georgia National Music Center in Tiflis (Tbilisi) and took part in February 2012 in a large group exhibition Give time to time/Donner du temps au temps at the Espace des Blanc-Manteaux in Paris. In 2014, Yu showed his works in a solo exhibition at Red Zone Arts, Geneva, Switzerland and again at Red Zone Arts, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 2019. In 2017, Kwan Hwa Information and Culture Centre, Hong Kong, organised a retrospective of his engravings entitled Between Titans and Giants. In 2018, Yu especially created a wood engraving of 720 x 122 cm for Les Moyens du Bord, an art centre located in the historical tobacco factory in Morlaix, France. French national newspapers Ouest France and Le Télégramme praised this exhibition in several reviews. In 2013, with Michel Bohbot, French curator and poet, Yu prepared an artist’s books (Haïku with five wood engravings), Ce qui me fait signe, in a limited hand-made edition.
Yu Jen-chih is also a published author and has written for several magazines and newspapers: Panorama Monthly and Eastern China Daily (China), Ming Po Monthly and Apple Times (Hong Kong), China Times, Music & Audiophile and INK Literary Monthly (Taiwan). He has collaborated with Milan Kundera and Carlos Fuentes for their first major literary reviews in Chinese. Since 2011, Yu has worked with Fernando Arrabal on his Chinese language publications. In 2011, his monthly column on art (2007) for INK were assembled together with his paintings and photos by INK Publisher in a book entitled Interior/Exterior: Still Life & Landscape, an updated edition was designed by New Star Press for Mainland China in 2012. His work is collected by National Library of France, Paris, France.
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