A Hai
(b. 1963, China)
A Hai is a painter who weaves together the sense of nothingness within contemporary individuals with the deep-rooted traditions of Chinese art.

A Hai’s work is characteristic of the poetic and calligraphic qualities of Chinese traditional painting, albeit with a contemporary metaphorical outlook. During his process, A Hai attempts to ignore time and spatial realities by using staining or smudging techniques. In a sense, this technique serves as an attempt to mask the artist’s projected emotions, but simultaneously demonstrates that these feelings remain even if they are altered. In his most recent works, A Hai integrates the past with modern society, adding hints of recollection or memory to the individual figures he paints.

A Hai was born in China in 1963. He graduated with a BFA in Chinese Painting in 1989 at the Nanjing Arts University. He has held several solo exhibitions across Greater China and Germany since 2008. His work has been featured in multiple exhibitions since 2011, predominantly in the Greater China region, and with international shows taking place at Art Gate Gallery (Venice) and Permanence Gallery (Elsa Finn Fort, Germany). His work has been featured in two international tours across Australia, the USA, China, Canada, the UK, Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. A Hai currently lives and works in Beijing.

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