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Zhang Ruo Yu 张若愚

Zhang Ruo Yu 张若愚

“Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject, nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling.” – Charles Baudelaire

The quote from the French poet Charles Baudelaire perfectly sums up Zhang Ruo Yu’s character and his attitude towards his creations. Zhang sets about seeking a thread, a theme, a style, in the realm of myths and legend, something that gives free rein to a sense of romanticism. He weaves from that thread intimate works of bronze that capture subtle depths of emotions and a sense of aspiration towards the infinite.

Zhang has a wry sense of humour, as his Stray Dogs series attest Yet there is always a thoughtfulness and subtle melancholy to Zhang’s creations and a recognition that at the heart of all romanticism is suffering.

Zhang Ruo Yu 张若愚

1978 Born in Changsha, Hunan
2001 Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
Worked for Guangzhou Sculpture Development Pte Ltd after graduation
2006 Obtained his Master’s degree from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, China. Studied under Professor Wei Xiaoming
Currently working on rack sculpture and environmental sculpture projects

Member of China Sculpture Institute
Member of China National Arts and Crafts Society
Member of the Association of Asian Contemporary Sculptors

“Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject, nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling.” – Charles Baudelaire

The quote from the French poet Charles Baudelaire perfectly sums up Zhang Ruo Yu’s character and his attitude towards his creations. Zhang sets about seeking a thread, a theme, a style, in the realm of myths and legend, something that gives free rein to a sense of romanticism. He weaves from that thread intimate works of bronze that capture subtle depths of emotions and a sense of aspiration towards the infinite.

Zhang has a wry sense of humour, as his Stray Dogs series attest Yet there is always a thoughtfulness and subtle melancholy to Zhang’s creations and a recognition that at the heart of all romanticism is suffering.

2017 Singapore Contemporary Art Show, White Space Art Asia
2017 Art Stage Singapore, White Space Art Asia
2016 Affordable Art Fair Spring Edition, Hong Kong
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Singapore F1 Pit Building
2015 Chinese Public Art Exhibition, Shanghai
2015 To Set Sail in the Silk Road - 2015 Chinese Art Communicative Exhibition, Cairo
2015 Progress Every Day - Young Artists Invitational Exhibition, Yantai
2015 Various - Sculpture Exhibition of Youth
2014 China & Korea Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Beijing
2014 WINE NOTE ART Invitational Exhibition at Institut Francais, Beijing
2014 China International Sculpture Symposium, Changchun
2014 Searching for Nobody - Invitational Exhibition of Artists, Yan Huang Art Museum
2014 Artwork entered The Twelfth National Exhibition of Fine Arts, China 2014
2014 The First International Art Biennale, Qingdao
2013 Asian Modern Sculpture Invitational Exhibition, Guangzhou
2012 Art Beijing
2012 Progress Every Day - Masters-nominated Exhibition, Zhuzhong Art Museum, Beijing
2012 Beyond Expression - Shanghai International City Sculpture Invitational Exhibition
2012 Empty Eyes - Sculptures by 22 Chinese Remarkable Artists
2011 The Second China Sculpture Exhibition? Beijing
2011 We+Care+Animals - Art Exhibition, Beijing
2011 Artwork entered the Sculpture Exhibition at Chinese Cultural Park, Beijing
2008 Selection of 2014 Zeng Zhushao Sculpture Fellowship Candidates and Winners
2008 Beijing International Art Biennale
2004 Hui An International Sculpture Invitational Art Exhibition, Fujian
2002 The Second Sculpture Exhibition of Young Sculptors, Shanghai
2001 Shi Jia Zhuang International Sculpture Exhibition, Hebei


Awards

2017 Artwork “Heaven and Earth” received Outstanding Award at The 1st Shen Zhen “Spoonbill Cup” Public Art Elite Competition. Artwork exhibited at the Award Ceremony & Public Art Summit Forum 2017, Shen Zhen

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