YU Qiping
(b. 1957, China)
YU Qiping creates works that first appear to be strongly rooted in traditional Chinese culture, but upon closer inspection mix the traditional with modern elements.

Yu’s works are representative of the blend between Chinese traditions and the modernist spirit, combining ancient and contemporary visuals alongside their psychological outlooks. The majority of Yu’s paintings are aesthetically created in darker shades, encouraging the audience to incorporate this sense of solitude in their perceived narratives. Yu’s pieces have the ability to surprise audiences with shameless humor underneath their beautiful and calming surface features. By overcoming the superficial and frustrating turmoils of modern life, we can discover what is pure and true within ourselves.

Yu Quping was born in China in 1957. In 1984, he graduated with a BFA in Chinese Painting from Nanjing University. Yu has held solo exhibitions since 1992 around East Asia, displaying his works at The Gallery (Shanghai), Kong Gallery (Seoul) and Fukuzumi Gallery (Osaka, Japan) amongst others. He has also participated in group exhibitions since 1990 in galleries and museums such as the Duolun Museum (Shanghai), China Contemporary Museum (Beijing), and the Shore Gallery (Osaka, Japan), to name a few.

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