WEI JIA (b. 1957, Beijing)

Graduated with a B.F.A from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1984) and M.F.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (1987). He currently works and lives between New York and Beijing, where he teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Chinese painting and calligraphy has been an integral part of Wei Jia’s maturation as an artist. Wei Jia practiced calligraphy, Chinese painting and poetry from an early stage. Even till today he practices calligraphy for at least one hour every day as self-cultivation. He moved to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in United States in 1987. The feeling of cultural displacement and co-existence of cultural identities led him to measure the influences from Eastern and Western cultures in his work.

Hand-made paper is widely used in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Fascinated by its historical importance and relationship to nature and craft, Wei Jia uses hand-made paper to make abstract collages. Wei Jia’s process involves a rigorously repeated cycle of tearing, mounting and painting, which leaves the artwork full of serendipitous combinations which cannot be replicated. The final work is made of layers of ink, pastel, gouache, oil and hand-made paper, encouraging the viewer to have a close look at the exceptional medium and make a journey within the artwork. American critic Robert C. Morgan notes that: “The results often appear more solid and lyrically intriguing than paintings associated with American Color Field painting in the 1960s, largely due to the superior absorbent quality of the paper made from crushed mulberry leaves.”

Wei has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Central Academy of Fines Arts (Beijing), National Museum of Art (Beijing), CU Art Museum University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, U.S.A.); Lincoln Center (New York), etc. His works are in the public collections of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Utah Museum (Salt Lake City) and the Dadu Museum (Beijing). His recent shows include Oil & Water: Reinterpreting Ink, The Museum of Chinese in America, New York (2014) and Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing, Bruce Museum, Greenwich (2014). He will have solo exhibitions in New York and San Francisco in late 2014.

Artist’s Website: www.weijiastudio.com

韦佳(b. 1957,北京)