Zheng Lianjie 郑连  • china 

Born in Beijing, Zheng is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in performance art, installation, photography, contemporary ink and video art. Zheng Lianjie is a representative figure in Chinese contemporary art and artists working abroad, especially North American since 1996.

Zheng, who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution and in the 1980’s, turned from traditional forms of painting to installation art and performance-based work. 

In the early 1980s, Zheng spent three years at Palace Museum in Beijing studying traditional Chinese painting. In 1986, Zheng founded one of the earliest painting schools in Beijing. 

Following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Zheng began to become known for his subversive and critical stance toward conservative artistic language and pursuit of a new independent and individualistic style.

Zheng immigrated to the United States in 1996. While he continued to explore the experimental side of contemporary ink painting and calligraphy, between 2004 and 2008, Zheng Lianjie returned to China once a year to make a pilgrimage to the holy Taoist Mount Hua. An experience that would have a profound impact on his ink paintings and calligraphy from this period.

Zheng’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions, Symposiums and public art projects held all over the world. During the 2000s, Zheng Lianjie delivered invited talks and held exhibitions at Harvard and Columbia. His work has also been featured in major media outlets such as The New York Times and collected by museums, galleries, Universities and several international private collectors.

In 2012, Zheng Lianjie was named as United Nations Messenger of Peace in LinZhou, China in recognition of his distinguished achievement in the art field. 

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