New York, b.1955

Zhen Guo

Artist's Statement: Zhen Guo: Visions of Love and Fear

Zhen Guo’s art was nurtured in the crucible of China’s Cultural Revolution, and after the eleven years of repression, she was one of a few whose talent burst out, creating an art distinctly Chinese while absorbing influences and experimentations from the West.

Zhen’s art comprises her romantic vision of the world, but it is a world where love is beset by anxiety and doubt. Love is her root emotion, more real to her than flesh and blood, but no matter how strong her feeling, there is little to give her comfort and security. Women, especially, are beset by uncertainty, fear and violence. Our lives, even if long, lead us to old age disease and death. So, too, love is impermanent and...

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Biography

Artist's Statement: Zhen Guo: Visions of Love and Fear

Zhen Guo’s art was nurtured in the crucible of China’s Cultural Revolution, and after the eleven years of repression, she was one of a few whose talent burst out, creating an art distinctly Chinese while absorbing influences and experimentations from the West.

Zhen’s art comprises her romantic vision of the world, but it is a world where love is beset by anxiety and doubt. Love is her root emotion, more real to her than flesh and blood, but no matter how strong her feeling, there is little to give her comfort and security. Women, especially, are beset by uncertainty, fear and violence. Our lives, even if long, lead us to old age disease and death. So, too, love is impermanent and can change or vanish in a moment. Zhen Guo expresses that intersection of powerful, life-yielding love and the ambiguity and terror that are in the background of our lives even in the best of times.

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20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Balance between the East and the West / China / Chinese American / Chinese American Art / Chinese Art / Contemporary Chinese Art / Drawing / Embroidery / Fear / Female Identity / Feminism / Feminist Art / Gender Issues / Human Body / Human Figure / Immigration / Installation / Learning from Different Cultures / Migration / New York / Painting / Sexuality / Trauma / Traumatic Experience / United States / Violence / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1995

    Studied at The New School, New York, NY

  • 1990

    Studied at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

  • 1987

    Visiting Artist at York University, Toronto

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Zhen Guo Feminist Realities, 456 Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    A Woman Abreast, Zhen Guo Solo show, Amerasia Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2015

    Guo Zhen Contemporary Feminist Charity Art Show, Rizhao, China

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Abstract Art Exhibition of China: Chinese Art Seventh Anniversary, Suzhou Kenda Art Museum, Suzhou, China

  • Color Field (1) - Female Artist International Exhibition, Wenling Art Museum Kunming, Wenling, China

  • Color Field (2) - Female Artist International Exhibition, Dounan Art Museum Kunming, Dounan, China

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Education

  • 1995

    Studied at The New School, New York, NY

  • 1990

    Studied at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

  • 1987

    Visiting Artist at York University, Toronto

  • 1986

    Studied at Art College, San Francisco, CA

  • 1982

    China Academy of Arts, China

  • 1976

    Shandong Arts School, China

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Zhen Guo Feminist Realities, 456 Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    A Woman Abreast, Zhen Guo Solo show, Amerasia Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2015

    Guo Zhen Contemporary Feminist Charity Art Show, Rizhao, China

  • Guo Zhen Contemporary Feminist Charity Art Show, Yitai Art Space, Hohahaote City, China

  • 2014

    Soul Ink, Taihe Ar5t6 Gallery, Beijing 798, Beijing, China

  • 2012

    My Heart is Red, Connecticut College, New London, CT

  • 2001

    Fine Arts College of China, Hangzhou, China

  • Shanghai Art College, Shanghai, China

  • The Gallery of Shandong Art College, Shandong, China

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Abstract Art Exhibition of China: Chinese Art Seventh Anniversary, Suzhou Kenda Art Museum, Suzhou, China

  • Color Field (1) - Female Artist International Exhibition, Wenling Art Museum Kunming, Wenling, China

  • Color Field (2) - Female Artist International Exhibition, Dounan Art Museum Kunming, Dounan, China

  • The Strength of the Academy of Art: Art Affects the Future, Changsha Meixi Art Museum, Hunan, China

  • Realistic and Abstract, Xicheng Time International Art Museum, Jinan, Shandong, China

  • Third Annual Asian Art Exhibit: Asian Women Artists, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea

  • My Feminine Art and Experience, Lecture at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China

  • Spring Awakening -2017 Chinese Female Artist Exhibition, Hebei Art Museum, Hebei, China

  • Chinese Ethnic Chinese and their contribution to the world of art and culture, St. Johns University, New York, NY

  • American Chinese Art Association Annual Show, Los Angeles, CA

  • Female Art and 'Nest Planning', Beijing Zero Art Center, 798 District, Beijing

  • Power of Art Colleges -Visual Arts, Yitai Art Space, Hohahaote City, China

  • Bi Jie Dictionary International Art Joint Invitational Exhibition, Shanghai

  • Wake Spring: 2017 Chinese Feminist Art Exhibition, Hebei Art Museum, Shi Jia Zhuang, China

  • 2016

    Muted View, Jiaxing, China

  • New York Asian Art Exhibition, Amerasia Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • American Chinese Art Association Annual Show, Shandong, China

  • New York Art Salon, New York, NY

  • Annual International Feminist Art Show, Shanghai

  • 2015

    Lotus Pond, Jiaxing Contemporary Art Museum, Jiaxing, China

  • Aert Biennial of Contemporary Women, Hebei Teachers' University Museum, Hebei, China

  • The Temperature, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

  • City Matrix, Shenzhen, China

  • Shenzhen Women's Art Show, Shenzen, China

  • Artists United Against Breast Cancer, North Shore Art Guild, Port Jefferson, NY

  • Art of the Five, The Interchurch Center, New York, NY

  • Eye and Heart, Shenzhen Art Gallery, Shenzhen, China

  • Power of Art Colleges -Visual Arts, Yitai Art Space, Hohahaote City, China

  • 2014

    Changhai Himalaya Museum, Shanghai, China

  • Tianjing Art Museum, Tianjing, China

  • China National Painting Exhibition, Weifang, China

  • 2013

    Guo Zhen's Lotus, Rizhao Art Museum, Rizhao, China

  • Reality and Metaphor, Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami, FL

  • Six Summit Gallery Ivorytown, CT

  • 30 Rooms Exhibition Six Summit Gallery, New York, NY

  • Tai He Art Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing

  • 2012

    My Heart is Red, Rizhao Art Museum, Rizhao, China

  • Rizhao Art Museum, Rizhao, China

  • American Artists Professional League 84th Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY

  • Shui Mo Art Show, Nanjing, China

  • 2011

    Museum of Rizhao City, Rizhao, Shandong, China

  • 2010

    Art Asia 2010, Miami, FL

  • 2007

    Uptown Art Stroll, Cornerstone Center, New York, NY

  • 2005

    New Chinese Occidentalism, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY

  • Uptown Art Stroll, Cornerstone Center, New York, NY

  • 2004

    Museum of Rizhao City, Rizhao, Shandong, China

  • 2003

    Uptown Art Stroll, Cornerstone Center, New York, NY

  • 2001

    Museum of Rizhao City, Rizhao, Shandong, China

Collections

  • Art Deco Gallery, Wasington DC

  • Avanti Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • B Street Gallery, San Diego, CA

  • Collection of Arco, USA

  • Collection of National Sports Committee of China

  • Collection of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, China

  • Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY

  • Mayoon Fine Asian Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • New York Rendokan, Inc., New York, NY

  • Okinawa Shorin-ryu Hombu Dojo, Ginoza, Okinawa, Japan