Guang-Yu Zhang

Guang-Yu Zhang

Shanghai, China

About Guang-Yu Zhang

A rising star in the international art world, Guang-Yu Zhang, 33, grew up in Shanghai and graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2012. In 2014, he was selected for the international Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, that year, he also exhibited his work at the Tate Britain Museum in London. A finalist for the London Art Gemini Prize and Poto X 2017. He is known for his unique fusion of Eastern and Western cultures and traditional and contemporary techniques.
International fashion trend forecasting company WGSN selected Guangyu's works as the 2018 SS fashion brand colour guidance in Greater China region. In 2018, Guangyu was invited by Hennessy (LVMH) for collaboration, he created art for limited edition VSOP bottle, package design, advertisement films direction & creation.

Guang-Yu brings back the trend of fusing eastern and western culture, with new and old art.- in a way that goes off the beaten path. His 'Dreamland' series is a favourite of mine, because his mythical canvases display a world that is soft, calm, deep, and mysterious.

What really makes Guang’s ‘Oriental’ Series seem hypnotic is the symphony of rhythm and movement, an effect attained by creating the impression of swimming school of fish and darting birds. Song Dynasty master painter, Liu Cai, was known for his spectacular drawings of dragons and fish- often brining new life to old forms.

This series in particular is really similar to the overall look and feel of Cai’s Swimming amid Falling Flowers (c.a 1075). Guang and Cai are brilliant at creating a realm where it seems like time has stool still. Both artists have present worlds in which fish follow each other in an unhinged pattern amongst water plants. Guang goes one step further into a creative direction by depicting birds, airplanes, a horse, a tiger, a moose, and a spaceship..? It is hard to really understand what is happening in Guang’s ‘Oriental’ worlds. How far into the future is this world? Or are these worlds a reflection of the present?

Education

2009-2012 BA(Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London,UK

2008-2009 Foundation Diploma, Art and Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing,China

Events

Fair

Affordable Art Fair 2018 Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China , 2018
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Convention Centre, Florida, USA, 2018
Red Dot Art Fair, Miami Beach, Miami,USA, 2017
Scope Art Fair Miami Beach 2017, Miami Beach, Miami, USA, 2017
Asia Contemporary Art Fair 2017, Hong Kong, China, 2017
Affordable Art Fair 2017 Singapore, Singapore, 2017
Affordable Art Fair 2017 Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China , 2017
Affordable Art Fair 2016 Singapore, Singapore, 2016
Asia Contemporary Art Fair 2016, Hong Kong, China, 2016
Affordable Art Fair 2015 Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China, 2015

Exhibitions

Solo

“Fairyland” exhibition at the Art Projects Gallery, Hong Kong (SAR), China, 2018
“Fashion salutes Art” exhibition at the Woolff Gallery, London, UK, 2016
“Burst into Life” exhibition at the Popsy Room, Hong Kong (SAR), China, 2016
“Mechanical Phantasy” exhibition at the A Style Gallery, Hong Kong (SAR), China, 2015
“Secret Jungle” exhibition at the A Style Gallery, Hong Kong (SAR), China, 2014



Duo

“Celebrate - No Boundaries” exhibition at the Shou Gallery, Zug, Switzerland, 2015


Group Exhibitions


“Zhi An” exhibition at the P-Alien Space, 798 Art District, Beijing, China, 2018
“Asian Young Artists Art Festival” at the Dongdaemum Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea, 2017
“PHOTO X 2017 Finalists” exhibition at the Greenrooms Hotel, London, UK, 2017
“3” exhibition at the Lemon Frame Art gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2017
“Timeless” exhibition at the Lemon Frame Art gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2017
“Art in the City” exhibition at the Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2016
“Opening” exhibition at the Lemon Frame Art gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016
“Between Reality and Imagination” exhibition by Lemon Frame Art Gallery at the Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016
“Art light up Fashion” exhibition at the Gallery Different, London, UK, 2015
“Source - August Texture and Collage” display at the Tate Britain, London, UK, 2014
“Continental Shift” exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2014
“ArtGemini Prize 2013” exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London, UK, 2014
“Open 2013” exhibition at the Bohunk Institute Galley, Nottingham, UK, 2013
“Showcase City”exhibition at Rich Mix London, London, UK, 2013
“70 Artists 7 Days” exhibition at Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK, 2012
“Summer Show” exhibition at Central Saint Martins, London, UK, 2012
Shen-yang Art Fair, Shen-Yang, China, 2011
“Very Un-kettle’s Yard” exhibition at the Kettle’s Yard Gallery (House), Cambridge, UK, 2011
“Dragons in the Lion’s Den” exhibition at the Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, London, UK, 2011