Artist: Ji Yun Fei
Title: Study for Water Rising # 6
Size: 21 x 28.3 cm
Material: Pencil and water color on paper
Donated by Ji Yun Fei and James Cohan Gallery
Born and raised in Beijing, and trained in oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Yun-Fei Ji made his artistic name in the 1990s as a painter working in Brooklyn, in the United States, showing in a thoroughly international context. His practice is rooted in observation and the passage of time, using classical materials such as Chinese ink with watercolor, pencil, woodblock, and etching on paper.
His painterly lens switches freely between his two homelands, with some works addressing American events such as Hurricane Katrina while others look at projects and events in China such as the Three Gorges Dam and the North-South Aqueduct. Combining personal research with fictionalized elements, Yun-Fei Ji’s work is a socio-environmental document of change and progress, using Chinese symbolism to make universal statements. He deals with loss and human displacement, often adding a mythological dimension to recent happenings.
Yun-Fei Ji has been involved in a number of important exhibitions internationally, including the 18th Sydney Biennale (2012) and the 11th Biennale de Lyon (2011), as well as shows at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the British Museum, London. He currently lives and works in Beijing, and is represented by James Cohan Gallery