One of the easiest ways for an artist to be recognized and attract the viewer’s eye is to stand out in the crowd, creating artwork that is both original and alluring. With so many subjects and ways of portrayal already covered, accomplishing such a feat is anything but easy, and where some might be struggling to be genuine in a world of constant uncertainty, Sylvia Ji thrives by being open minded and sincere, applying the same approach in her work. Beautiful and mysterious, Ji is as unique as her oeuvre that often reflects her personal characteristics, exploring themes of beauty, sexual provocation, and notions of femininity within the dystopian reality of modern era.
Born to a family of artists, Sylvia Ji was immersed into the world of art at a very young age. Next to her father’s paintings and mother’s sketchbooks, Ji has had a lifelong influence of art and culture, aided by her love for travel and exploration. Receiving her BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco in 2005, she demonstrated her talent by having a successful first solo show during her last year of study. Continuing her path of ingenuity, Ji creates charged paintings brimming with an uncanny beauty that are in constant demand.
Inspired by the many relationships and people that surround her, Sylvia Ji portrays many of the familiar faces in her paintings, often reflecting upon her own image and feelings. Using simple materials, she explores the female beauty and sexuality, and the “tattooed” subjects denote both a “frightful” look and certain fragility behind the mask, depicting a fearful beauty placed in an exotic, timeless reality. With each painting being spiritual and enigmatic, a nuance of the artist can be seen regardless of whom the piece actually depicts, as her desire to surprise is easily transferred to the canvas.
Anything but already seen, the work of Sylvia Ji and the character that she instills into it is mesmerizingly beautiful. Building upon the influences in her life and the past encircled by artistic expression, Ji strives forward into a mysterious future through her eerie practice, capturing viewers with her exceptional pieces. Exhibiting widely both in the United States and abroad, Sylvia Ji’s vivid depictions are met with a constant demand, making her one of the prominent contemporary artists in the current art scene.
The artist is represented by Corey Helford Gallery.
Featured image: Sylvia Ji. Photo credits pinterest.com. All other photos credit the artist.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.
|2013||Interwoven||Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco||Solo|
|2013||Write & Repeat||Stolen Space Gallery, London UK||Group|
|2012||La Catrina||Circa Gallery;Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2012||Metallica’s “Obey Your Master”||Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2012||Motion||Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2012||Death and the Maiden||Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle CA||Group|
|2012||Love and Hate||Stolen Space Gallery, London UK||Group|
|2011||Offrendas||Outré Gallery, Melbourne Australia||Solo|
|2011||Gilded Roses||Corey Helford Gallery||Solo|
|2011||Hi Fructose Group Show Invitational||Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA||Group|
|2011||5 Year Anniversary Show||Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2010||Sylvia Ji||Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC||Solo|
|2010||Sylvia Ji||Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2010||Fecal Face Dot Com 10 Year Anniversary”, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2010||Art from the New World||Bristol Art Museum, Bristol UK||Group|
|2009||Sylvia Ji||Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2009||Sylvia Ji||StolenSpace Gallery, London, UK||Solo|
|2009||Family First||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2008||Sylvia Ji||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Solo|
|2008||Por Vida||Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2008||In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor||Laguna Art Museum, CA||Group|
|2008||Death Cheater: Diar Benefit Art Show||Sacramento||Group|
|2007||Sylvia Ji||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Solo|
|2006-2007||Miami Art Basel, FL||Group|
|2006-2007||All Star Hustlerz III||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2006-2007||All Star Hustlerz II||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2006-2007||Up||Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia||Group|
|2006-2007||Well Hung||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2006-2007||Behind Bedroom Doors||2-person show with artist, Joshua Petker. Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2006-2007||4th Annual Erotic Show||The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2006-2007||Tortured Souls: curated by Bigfoot||The Scion Dashboard, San Francisco||Group|
|2006-2007||Groundswell||BLVD Gallery, Seattle||Group|
|2006-2007||Group Show Number One||Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2006-2007||Favorites Show||Outer Edge Studio, Monterey, CA||Group|
|2006-2007||Project: Beast From the East||Project: Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2006-2007||Young Guns at the Sundance Film Festival||Chester’s Blacksmith Shop, Park City, UT||Group|
|2006||La Belle Epoch||Edo Salon, San Francisco||Solo|
|2006||Love, Beauty, Perversion.||Romeo 5, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2005||Untitled||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2005||Instant Gratification: A Day In The Life of A Painting||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2005||The Gravy Train||Low Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2005||Mighty||Mighty, San Francisco||Group|
|2005||Hotel des Arts||Hotel des Arts, San Francisco||Group|
|2005||Absolut Metropolis||Mighty, San Francisco||Group|
|2005||Nothing Between Us||Subject Matter Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA||Group|
|2005||Wet Paint 2: A Day in the Life of a Painting||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2005||Project: Sugar & Spice||Project: Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2005||Society of Illustrators Scholarship Competition||New York City||Group|