Ding Yi studied decoration design at Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute from 1980 to 1983 and then completed a B.F.A. degree at Fine Arts College of Shanghai University in 1990. He has been making abstract paintings using crosses and grids since the late 1980s. Yi perceives painting as an ideal form of reflection and retrospection. The majority of his works feature repetitions of the “+” sign, superimposed in different layers, colors, and rotations; the tiny, manually painted symbols cover the entire surface of large canvases, requiring a painstaking amount of precision and technical skill. While many of his contemporaries utilize iconographic and figurative references, Ding pursues a space devoid of meaning by using a simple visual motif. Although he rebels against cultural specificity, Ding’s works have been interpreted as an abstraction of the neon lights and brightly colored advertisements that permeate Asian metropolises, aerial views of city grids, and Chinese textiles. Indeed, the artist admits to being inspired by Shanghai as a Chinese city that he has witnessed the growth of for decades – a city as an emblem of modernity with a certain rhythm despite moments of chaos.
Ding Yi: Ivory Black
The exhibition will be the widely acclaimed Chinese Contemporary Artist Ding Yi‘s (b.1962, Shanghai)...
22 Jan 2015 - 15 Mar 2015
Cut, Etch, Print
Element Art Space presents ‘Cut, Etch, Print’ a showcase of etchings by leading contemporary Chinese...
15 Jan 2016 - 14 Feb 2016
M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art
M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art is a rigorously curated exhibition of highlights...
23 Feb 2016 - 05 Apr 2016
The Uncertain, or the Shelved…
The diversified perspectives have been finalised after sourcing through numerous artists’ studios....
17 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
ShanghART celebrates its 20th anniversary and the inauguration of its new gallery building located in...
10 Nov 2016 - 15 Feb 2017