Shi Chong is a Chinese contemporary artist, whose paintings enabled him to become one of the most important figures in the Photo-Realism movement. He belongs to the ‘new generation’ of painters that emerged during the 1980’s, known for using Realist techniques on works like Blind Girl, to depict pieces inspired by the Scar Art movement. Shi’s ingenuity can be seen in his works that appear to be photos and installations, but are actually paintings done with such precision and details. In his art, Chong combines different elements like water and air, together with the human body, in order to intrigue viewer’s imagination, and make them think about the passing of life and existence.
Hua Weichong, better known as Shi Chong was born in 1963. He grew up in a small coal-mining town in Huangshi province of Hubei, China, where he graduated oil painting at the Institute of Fine Arts in 1987. For a certain period of time, Shi was an assistant professor at this institution, as well as the artist design in Song and Dance Group of Hubei Province. He currently teaches Basics, Comprehensive Material Experiments, and Art Creation in Specialized Field at the Tsinghua University of Fine Arts in Beijing.
Through the constant transition and transformation of the traditional Realism with the help of avant-garde movement in 1990’s, Chong participated in the development of the new Chinese Art movement, later called Neo-Figurativism. His famous work Dried Fish from 1991 in which he depicted the installation of a plaster fish, marked the beginning of representing installations and performances on canvases. This was a breaking point in Shi’s career that won the respect of the critics and his colleagues. His characteristic style is famous for using women nude body as a subject, to which he adds paint, plastic wrap, masks, as well as elements such as water and air, giving them a touch of erotic and melancholic feeling.
Chong’s photo-realist pieces are highly appreciated all around the world. He got the gold award of the Second Chinese Oil Painting Annual Exhibition in 1993. Besides this, Shi won the Literature Award of the First Contemporary Art Academic Invitation in 1997. His art can be seen in numerous galleries and museums in cities like New York, Bonn, Barcelona, Chicago, and many others.
Featured image: Shi Chong – Gesture (Detail), 2015 – Photo credits of Ethan Cohen, New York
All images used for illustrative purpose only
|2017||Untitled||Art Basel at Aye Gallery, Hong Kong, China||Group|
|2017||Untitled||Ethan Cohen, Art Central, New York, USA||Group|
|2016||Untitled||Aye Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|2015||Breath on Paper||Aye Gallery, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2013||Great Leap: Chinese Contemporary Art||Ethan Cohen New York, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||China International Gallery Exhibition||Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Beijing, China||Group|
|2008||China’s Revision||Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany||Group|
|2008||SCOPE Basel||Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland||Group|
|2006||Summer Time, Sharing Art||Aye Gallery, Beijing, China||Group|
|2005||The Second Beijing International Art Biennale||Beijing, China||Group|
|2005||Mahjong: Chesische Gegenwartskunst||Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Germany||Group|
|2005||About Beauty||Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2004||Radical Realism: Shi Chong||Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA||Solo|
|2004||Intersection: Contemporary Oil Painting & Photography||Chambers Fine Art, New York, NY USA||Group|
|2004||When Memory Becomes Reality||Yibo Gallery, Shanghai||Group|
|2002||The First Guangzhou Trinnial||Guangzhou, Guangdong||Group|
|2000||World Art Fair||New York, NY, USA||Group|
|2000||Shanghai Biennale||Shanghai, China||Group|
|1999||Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the 20th Century||Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH||Group|
|1999||Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the 20th Century||Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR||Group|
|1999||Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the 20th Century||Smart Museum University of Chicago, IL, USA||Group|
|1998||Asia-Pacific Art Invitational Exhibition||Fushou, Fujian Province, China||Group|
|1997||The First Invitational Art Exhibition||Beijing and Hong Kong, China||Group|
|1995||15 Years of Chinese Avant-Garde||Barcelona, Spain||Group|
|1994||Status-Quo: Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition||Hong Kong||Group|
|1993||The 2nd Annual Show of Chinese Oil Painting||Beijing, China||Group|
|1992||The 1st Annual Show of Chinese Oil Painting||Beijing, China||Group|