Chen Qi


Chen Qi has bravely transformed and moved beyond modernism, incorporating the lighting ideas of Western paintings and expanding water-based printing beyond its original limitation to Chinese ink painting and modernist aesthetics since the very beginning of the '85 New Wave. He explores water-based printing's contemporary expressive abilities through independent artistic language. His printing process dampens the limitations of the original draft and makes use of the artist's subjective consciousness in the process of creation. The flow of consciousness is conveyed through the improvisational spirit and the free-moving marks. Especially praiseworthy is his attention to the conceptuality that arises from the creative methodology of water-based printing as a component of cultural heritage, entering into contemporary experimentation that transcends aesthetics.

Chen Qi at his studio

Chen Qi at his studio

Dr. Chen Qi (1963~)

Professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts

Member of Graphic Arts Commission, Chinese Artists Association

Secretary-general of Printmaking Institute, China National Academy of Painting


2006 PhD in Fine Arts, Nanjing University of the Arts;

1987 BA in Drawing, Nanjing University of the Arts.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Notations of Time—Chen Qi, Amelie Gallery, Beijing

2009 Chen Qi~1963, the Making of Water, Amelie Gallery Beijing

2008 Chen Qi Woodcuts, Oriental Museum, Durham, UK;

Chen Qi Woodcuts, Glasgow Print Studio, UK;

2007 Workshop in Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK;

2006 Feng Dan YuLu Museum, Naniing;

2004 Chen Qi’s Selected Prints in 20 Years, Dan Dew Art Museum, Nanjing;

Chen Qi Woodcuts 1989—2000, London, UK;

2003 Chen Qi’s Prints, Cultural Arts Center, Tacoma, USA;

1993 First Round Exhibition of Chen Qi’s Watermark Printmaking, National Art Museum of China;

1992 Chen Qi’s Printmaking, JiangSu Art Museum;

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 Being, Guan ShanYue Art Museum;

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Greece;

The Art Living, Martell Tour Art Exhibition in China;

The Fourth Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China;

Viewing City: Shanghai International Printmaking Exhibition, Shanghai Hongqiao Contemporary Art Museum;

2009 Three Dimensional China exhibition, Exhibition of Thessaloniki International Book Fair, Greece;

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Frankfurt Contemporary Art Museum;

World Trip of Chinese Art, Vienna;

ShContemporary 09, China;

2008 Revival of Tradition—World Trip of Chinese Arts, Frankfurt Book Fair

Dialect—Chinese Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, Qingdao Art Museum;

From Realistic to Abstract, January Contemporary Gallery;

Bing here—Exhibition of Chinese Printmaking Studio Union, Shanghai M Space;

The Third Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China;

2007 Chinese Print Exhibition in Germany, Chinese Artists Association;

2005 Chinese Contemporary Watermark Print Exhibition

2004 Review and Outlook of Chinese Printmaking 1994—2006, Shanghai;

2003 Tour Exhibition of Printmaking by Ten Chinese Contemporary Artists in UK;

2002 Beijing International Print Biennial;

The First Beijing International Art Biennale;

Contemporary Art in China Exhibition;

Chinese Printmaking Today, the British Library;

2001 Chinese Printmaking Exhibition in USA, New York;

Chinese Printmaking Exhibition in Japan, Tokyo;

2000 Japan-China International Print Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan;

International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia;

1999 The Fifteenth National Printmaking Exhibition with Copper Award;

The Tenth National Art Exhibition

Tour Exhibition of Chinese Young Printmakers, Beijing

1998 The Ninth National Art Exhibition with Copper Award;

1997 The Fourteenth National Printmaking Exhibition;

International Folding Fan Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan;

1995 Modern Art—Artists of Eastern Asia, Kanagawa, Japan;

The Contemporary Prints of Japan and the World-Steps in Post War—50 Years, Tokyo, Japan;

The Thirteenth National Printmaking Exhibition with Golden Award;

Excellent Chinese Art Exhibition, Malaysia;

Modern Art Exhibition, Hong Kong

1994 The Eighth National Art Exhibition with Outstanding Award;

The Eighth International Exhibition, India;

The Twelfth National Printmaking Exhibition;

Group Exhibition of Chinese Printmakers, Taiwan;

1992 The Eleventh Printmaking Exhibition with Copper Award;

1991 Taipei—Beijing Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition with Outstanding Award;

The Fourth Three-edition National Exhibition;

Taiwan’s Fifth International Biennial Printmaking Exhibition

Asia Modern Print Exhibition, Taiwan;

1990 China Youth Print Exhibition with Outstanding Award;

The Tenth National Printmaking Exhibition;

Sino-Japanese Cultural Exchange Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan;

Autumn Salon in France, Paris, France;

Exhibition of Young Printmakers from the Mainland with Silver Award, Taiwan;

1988 Group Exhibition of 100 Renowned Printmakers from the Mainland, Taiwan;

1987 The Third National Three-edition Exhibition.


Merit & Copper Award of the 7th, 8th, 9th National Art Exhibitions;

Golden Award of the 13th China Print Art Exhibition; Copper Award of the15th National Printmaking Exhibition;

LuXun Printmaker Award by Chinese Artists Association etc.

Public Collections:

China National Art Museum, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, ShangHai Museum, GuangDong Museum, Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, New York Public Library, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, European Woodcut Foundation etc.