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Chinese ink and colour on rice paper
Dimensions: 69.5cm (H) x 62.5cm (W) x 6.5cm (D) / 27.4" (H) x 24.6" (W) x 2.6" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Nan Qi's emoji works feature big thumbs, smileys, and roses that are part of our everyday lives. These works resemble Pop Art at first glimpse but as you look more carefully the work begins to change from 2-D to 3-D. As in the artist’s own words, “Stare closely at the center of the painting for two minutes. Relax, clear your mind and then slowly move backward, you will experience the 3-D effect of the painting.”
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Based in: Beijing
Nan Qi was born in Yongkang City, Zhejiang Province, China in 1960. Unlike most Chinese artists, he was trained as a painter not in an art school but in the army. He graduated from the Chinese painting course at People’s Liberation Army Fine Arts Academy, Beijing. In 1990, he travelled to England and France to study European art. He moved to Hong Kong in 1995 and had several international exhibitions in Tokyo, Singapore, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and China before returning to Beijing in 2002. Nan Qi also made oil and acrylic paintings but later decided to focus on ink. He is now considered by many throughout China and the world to be the master of ink dots. The constant evolution in his technique and narration makes him a singular artist whose use of ink is on par with 3D technology.
Nan Qi has participated in numerous exhibitions including the Contemporary International Art Fair Miami; the Royal Academy of Art, London; the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia; the National Art Museum, Beijing; the 3rd Chengdu Biennale and the Shenzhen Art Museum.
Nan Qi’s work has been recognized and awarded in both China and abroad. Among his distinguished awards include the Second Prize for “Great Wall Exhibition” by the National Museum of Art, Beijing; the Special Association Award at the “19th Japanese International Art Exhibition” by Ginza Art Museum, Tokyo; the Excellence Award at “The 9th Chinese National Art Exhibition” by the National Museum of Art, Beijing; the Contribution Award at the “European International Fine Arts Exchange”, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and the Excellence Award in “The 2nd Golden Award Exhibition of Chinese Art” by the Chinese Federation of Literature at Yanhuang Art Museum, Beijing.
The artist currently lives and works in Songzhuang Art District, Beijing, China. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Asian Artists and a member of the China Artists Association.
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