Zhen Guo
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Artist Statement

Zhen Guo graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art), and was among the first group of art students from the Chinese mainland to emerge in the wake of the Cultural Revolution. She would eventually teach at the Academy, before emigrating the United States where today she has her art studio in New York. The bold, experimental edge to her work is largely born out of influences from Western popular culture and Postmodern art, while at the same time, the uniquely Chinese use of materials and meticulous craft reaches back to traditional, pre-revolutionary Chinese culture.

Zhen Guo’s art was nurtured in the crucible of China’s Cultural Revolution, and after the eleven years of repression, she was one of a few whose talent burst out, creating an art distinctly Chinese while absorbing influences and experimentations from the West.

Zhen’s art comprises her romantic vision of the world, but it is a world where love is beset by anxiety and doubt. Love is her root emotion, more real to her than flesh and blood, but no matter how strong her feeling, there is little to give her comfort and security. Women, especially, are beset by uncertainty, fear and violence. Our lives, even if long, lead us to old age disease and death. So, too, love is impermanent and can change or vanish in a moment. Zhen Guo expresses that intersection of powerful, life-yielding love and the ambiguity and terror that are in the background of our lives even in the best of times.

Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2018A Denied Existence
Works & History
2018 “国际女性艺术展” 长沙,中国
“比界艺术史邀请展”上海,中国
“灰色地带”当代水墨四人展 纽约
2017“美院力量 · 影响未来(湖南)交流展, 长沙,中国
“中国抽象艺术联展:中国艺术七周年”,肯大美术馆,苏州,中国
中国具象&抽象(济南)展, 山东,中国