Asian Art: Contemporary Views

October 16, 2014 through February 22, 2015


Bing Yang grew up in Taiwan. In his early school years his major interest was brush ink, which he studied for five years. He did exhibitions in Taiwan of traditional Chinese paintings. After enjoying a successful career in business in New York for many years, he is now a fulltime painter and photographer. "Since art is in my life, it is part of my DNA; it can never change. I do it for the love of it, and for my spirit. It is something I can never give up or put aside. It will remain with me and evolve with me. My art and my life continue to grow side by side." Lisa Baw was born with severe cerebral palsy in 1985 in Taiwan (Taipei). She has been painting since the age of five, but at seventeen she took up oil painting as a way of training her eye-hand coordination and discovered her life’s passion in the process. Later she founded the Wish Dreamer Foundation which was designed to give back and help others like her realize their dream, and to help them strive toward the fulfillment of their potential. The foundation raised several thousand dollars through the sale of Lisa’s artwork. She has had several solo exhibitions in both Taiwan and New York. In 2000 the Executive Yuan Republic of China awarded The Forth Disabled Golden Eagle Award for being a role model for overcoming disabilities and to grant an interviewed by President. Bharat Singh was born in India. He holds an M.F.A. from the College of Art in Delhi, and a Ph.D. from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, where he is currently a Professor of Sculpture. His works are in the permanent collection of the Wanxiang International Art Museum, Harbin; the National Performing Arts Centre, Beijing; and Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing; and the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

Tabina Chinoy was born in Pakistan and has exhibited extensively both in Pakistan and abroad. She graduated from the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Karachi, and later completed an advanced course in sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Additionally, she has worked for All-Pakistan Women’s Rights and Responsibilities and has been on the Board of Directors of the Art Council in Karachi. She has also taught art history at the Aga Khan University, School of Nursing, in Karachi. Bold Dolgarjavin was born in Mongolia in 1952. He studied at the College of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar and at the Repin Academy of Fine Art, St. Petersburg. He has exhibited extensively in Monoglia as well as abroad, at the International Triennial, Delhi, India; Colors from Mongolia (traveled throughout the U.S.); Tachikawa International Art Festival, Japan; and Art of Mongolia at Time Gallery, Vienna, Austria. Miss Gurjinder holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the College of Art, New Delhi, and an M.F.A. in painting from Jiwaji University, India. She has exhibited at Mumbai-Jahangir Art Gallery; Delhi-Ravindra Bhawan L.K.A. Art Gallery, and the Chandigarh-Kriti Art Gallery. Ms. Gurjinder was the award winner of a Chinese government art scholarship from 2006 to 2008. Her works are represented at Wanxiang International Art Museum, Harbin; Heilongjiang Museum, Harbin; The National Performing Art Center, Beijing; the Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing; and at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

Zhen Lon Lin was born in Taiwan in 1955, professionally known as Erh-Kun. Working in ceramics since 1973, he was a student of Lin Pao-Chia. In 1979, he founded the Tzu-Yang Kiln Workshop, in Tucheng, Taipei. He has exhibited at the National Museum of History, Taipei; Taipei Fine Arts Museums; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taich ung; and New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum. Tsolmonkhuu Janlav was born in Mongolia in 1959. He pursued his studies at the College of Fine Art and the Institute of Fine Art, Ulaanbaatar. He has exhibited at the 1989 and 1995 MINO International Ceramics Festival in Japan; the 5th Triennial of Ceramics, Croatia; and extensively with the United Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar. Hiroko Ohno Hiroko Ohno is a contemporary visual artist and was born in Tokyo. She received both a B.F.A. and an M.F.A, from Tokyo’s Musashino Art University. Her works are in the collections of the Horticultural Society of New York; Tokyo University; Homma Museum; Keio University; and the National Art Gallery of Namibia. Kyuyudo published a collection of her works in 1995. She is a recipient of the 1993 Meguro Gajoen Art prize and the 1986 Ryushi Kawabata Award. Ching Jang Yao was born in Taiwan in 1941 and died in New York in 2001. He studied art at the National Taiwan Normal University in Tokyo and in 1969 received honors at Tokyo’s Fifth International Youth Art Exhibition. The artist became one of the preeminent Taiwanese painters active in the 1970s. Best known for his photorealist images of urban scenes, he is included in Louis Meisel’s summary monograph, “Photorealism.” In 1985, Yao was a visiting Professor at Central Creative Crafts College in Peking. The artist has participated in over 100 exhibitions throughout Japan, China, Taiwan, Europe and the United States.

Sky Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. She received her B.F.A. in painting from Dongduck Women’s University, Seoul and her M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs throughout the United States and Korea, including the DUMBO Art Festival; the Gwangju Biennale; MOCA, Washington, D.C; and the Governor’s Island Art Fair. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Korea Herald, Art Log, Korea Daily and on WMBC-TV. Tsultemin Munkhin was born in 1953 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He pursued his studies at the Stroganoff Institute of Art and Design, Moscow. The artist has exhibited at the Osaka Triennial and in many group exhibitions in Europe including the Unesco Headquarters in Paris as well as in Antwerp, Wurzburg and London. His work has also been previously exhibited in the United States. Chaolun Baatar was born in Inner Mongolia and lives and works in China, Mongolia and New York. He received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Central University of the Nationalities in Beijing. He has had several solo exhibitions notably at The Art Museum of Chang Liu, Taipei, Indiana University; the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island; and at the National Museum of Fine Arts both in Ulaanbaatar and in Beijing. He is noted for his startling earthworks, “Toono” at Khazuurt mountain in Ulaanbatar and “Second Burning,” in Derljee. His work is in many permanent collections including the National Museum of Fine Arts, Inner Mongolia and at the Museum of Fine Arts Chang Liu, Taipei.

Wei Xin was born in Jingzhou, China. He studied at the Hubei Academy of Arts and Craft and then completed his graduate studies in painting at South China Normal University. Alongside his formal studies, he trained with mentors Li Qingping and Shang Yang and most recently has worked in water-ink painting with Chen Shaoping. Presently he continues his studies in the graduate program at the Institute of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University. Xin has exhibited at the Guanlan Arts Museum, the Shanghai Arts Museum and at the Zhuhai Guyuan Arts Museum and in private galleries both in Asia and abroad. In 2008 a large painting was acquired for the permanent collection of the Maco Arts Museum. In 2009, Xin was the subject of the award-winning documentary, “The Seventh Day” about his life and art. Wu Ye was born in Beijing and graduated from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. She has exhibited regularly at important venues in Beijing including the Century Art Center, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Capital Museum and the Enjoy Museum of Art. The artist grew up in a family with a strong artistic background. She recalls visits to her mother’s studio (also a graduate of the Academy) where she painted large portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong, a frequently portrayed person. Rundu Yu known professionally as Jueyi, was born in 1967 in Fujian Province, China where he now resides in Beijing. He graduated from the School of Art at Xiamen University in oil painting and continued his graduate studies in modern oil painting at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, where he now teaches and has recently had a solo exhibition. He has also been a guest professor at Xiamen University, an editor-in-chief of “Qingmei Art” and director of the 2012 Beijing International Art Exhibition. He participated in the 67th French Salon of Neo-Realist Art. His work can be seen as a re-adaption of traditional art to contemporary Chinese culture. Zheng Zuoliang was born in Hangzhou, China in 1947. He has had solo exhibitions in Beijing at the National Art Museum of China, and at the Museum of China Central Academy of Art. Other solo exhibitions occurred throughout China including the Sichuan Art Museum as well as the Guan Shanyue Art Museum in Shenzhen; and abroad at the Wolverhampton University of Art, U.K. and the Chinese Art Centre, in Egypt. He participated in important group shows notably “The 50th Anniversary of the National Art Museum of China,” at that museum in 2013 and “Chinese Contemporary Art” in the Hungarian National Gallery in 2012. His work is in several international public and private collections.

Yu Chen was born in Guizhou Province in China in 1963. She graduated from Guizhou Art Institute in 1981 and has since had solo shows at Schoeni Art Gallery both in Hong Kong and Beijing. She has participated in a number of exhibitions in cities worldwide including Cairo and London and was in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Other exhibitions include “The Chen Family” at Today Art Museum in Beijing, “Open your eyes, Chen Yu and Yu Chen” at Lotus Arts de Vivre in Bangkok and the “International Women Artists’ Exhibition” at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Bejing. Dawa Norbu was born in Tibet in 1971 among the Shigatse people. He was taken by his father at age 14 to study Tangka painting with a master at the Jokhang Temple of the Potala Palace, now a UNESCO site and an active place of worship. The apprenticeship lasted for 6 years. He continued to pursue this traditional form of painting using natural mineral pigments, fully aware of its long established methods. Tangka paintings have been fully introduced outside of Tibet to Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and other countries and Norbu has been instrumental in its dissemination as an art form. Yeh Fang was born in Taiwan. Her family was originally from China's Zhejiang Province and Yeh currently resides in Canada. She studied art and graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts. Yeh has presented her work in various solo and group exhibitions throughout Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Vancouver.

About the Exhibit

Asian Art: A Contemporary View presents a multimedia exhibition that features twenty-one contemporary artists from India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Tibet, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and China. This timely exhibition showcases the expansion of Asian art on a global world stage, and the world’s increasing fascination and interest in Asian art and culture.

It is our hope that by raising the level of understanding of the art produced in Asia, we can also help to continue to foster cultural communication between the peoples of Asia and the United States.