Artist Bios

Joan Snyder

Born

1940, Highland Park, New Jersey, USA

Education

Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, A.B., 1962

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, M.F.A., 1966

Current

Lives and works in Brooklyn and Woodstock, New York

Joan Snyder first gained public attention in the early seventies with her gestural and elegant “stroke paintings,” which used the grid to deconstruct and retell the story of abstract painting. By the late seventies, Snyder had abandoned the formality of the grid. She began more explicitly incorporating symbols and text, and the paintings took on a more complex materiality. These early works were included in the 1973 and 1981 Whitney Biennials and the 1975 Corcoran Biennial. Often referred to as an autobiographical or confessional artist, Snyder’s paintings are narratives of both personal and communal experiences. Through a fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials, Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting, inspiring generations of emerging artists.

http://www.joansnyder.net

 

Wei Jia

Born

1957, Beijing, China

Education

Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing,

Oil Painting Department, B.F.A., 1984

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania,

Studio Art Department, M.A., 1987

Current

Independent artist; lives and works in New York and Beijing

Wei Jia currently works and lives between New York and Beijing where he teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Wei has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in various venues in the United States and China, including Central Academy of Fines Arts, Beijing; National Museum of Art, Beijing; Dadu Museum of Art, Beijing; Yuan Dian Museum, Beijing; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder; Museum of Binghamton University, New York; Lincoln Center, New York; Founders Gallery of University of San Diego, California, etc. His works are in the public collections of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the Utah Museum and the Dadu Museum of Art, among others.

Alois Kronschlaeger 

Born

1966, Grieskirchen, Austria

Education

SUNY: Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, New York, B.F.A., 2000

The School of Visual Arts, New York, M.F.A., 2002

Current

Independent artist; lives and works in Brooklyn

Alois Kronschlaeger’s work exists at the intersection of art, architecture, fashion and design. Kronschlaeger is best known for his site-specific installations and sculptures, which demonstrate a preoccupation with environment and light, as well as an interest in exploring time and space via geometry. In the past three years, Kronschlaeger’s work has spanned the entire horizontal plane of the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, encompassed the vertical axis of an abandoned 4-story building in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and intervened upon 27 habitat dioramas in a former natural history museum. In 2013, Kronschlaeger was part of a group exhibition at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China, and he had his first major institutional solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona. Kronschlaeger is represented by Tierney Gardarin Gallery in New York.

http://www.aloiskronschlaeger.com

 

Lin Yan

Born

1961, Beijing, China

Education

Central Academy of Fine Arts, China,

B.F.A. in oil painting, 1984

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania,

M.A. in studio art, 1988

Current

Independent artist; lives and works in New York and Beijing

Lin Yan is the third generation of artist in her family to go abroad to study. After studying at L’École national supérieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Lin Yan came to the United States in 1986 and moved to New York in 1993.

Lin has exhibited internationally at such prestigious venues as The Museum of the Chinese in America (New York), The National Art Museum in China (Beijing), Shanghai MOCA and the Dresden State Art Collection in Germany. Lin’s work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, Art News, Art in America, Art Asia Pacific, and Art and Architecture among others. Her works are included in the public collections at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Chengdu Contemporary

Art Museum, Long Museum (Shanghai), Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing), Deutsche Bank Art Corporate Citizenship (New York), etc. Her recent solo shows include: Lin Yan: Embracing Stillness, Prow Art Space, Flatiron Building, New York (2013), Lin Yan: Despelling the Clouds, Tenri Culture Institute Art Gallery, New York (2014).

http://www.linyan.us

 

Michelle Fornabai

Born

1967, Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA

Education

Cornell University, B.A., 1989

Princeton University, Masters of Architecture, 1992

Current

Adjunct professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; lives and works in New York and Boston

Michelle Fornabai’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, and recently in Beijing, China at Studio-X Beijing. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times and Frieze Magazine. She currently teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, having taught previously at RISD, UCLA, and Tulane University. She has lectured at the Whitney Museum, the ICA in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology and for the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation. Her practice, ambo.infra design, was established in 2001. Her recent work on ink, Rorschach Paintings, Projective Drawings, and Concrete Poetry: 10 Conceptual Acts of Architecture in Concrete, explores pattern perception and its relation to figuration and abstract order.

Qin Feng

Born

1961, Xinjiang, China

Education

Shandong Art Institute, Shandong, China, 1985

Current

Independent artist; lives and works in Beijing and Boston

Qin Feng is an iconoclastic artist who is actively involved in China’s avant-garde art movement. He studied mural painting at the Shandong University of Art and Design in the early 1980s, and was one of only two people in Shandong Province who radically experimented with imported styles of contemporary art during that period.

In 1996, Qin moved to Berlin where he began to synthesize Western modernism and the Chinese ink-painting tradition and subsequently became the first Asian artist to show at the Raab Gallery in Berlin. Upon moving to the United States, Qin Feng earned a fellowship and residency with the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and has exhibited and performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Asia Society in New York, among many others.

Jorge Tacla

Born

1958, Santiago, Chile

Education

Escuela de Bellas Arte, Universidad de Chile,

Santiago, Chile, 1979

Current

Independent artist; lives and works in Santiago and New York

Jorge Tacla moved to New York in 1981. His most recent exhibitions include the Emergency Pavilion: Rebuilding Utopia at the 55th Biennale di Venezia, Altered Remains at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, and Sharjah Biennial 10 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. In 2014, Tacla will have a major solo exhibition at the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile. Tacla recently completed a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. He is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1988) and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship (1987, 1991). Tacla has exhibited internationally since the early eighties with notable exhibitions including Jorge Tacla: Doble Vida at Galería Lucía de la Puenta in Lima, Peru in 2013; Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, Dublin Contemporary Biennial in Dublin, Ireland in 2011; and The Man Who Fell to Earth at the 798 Biennale in Beijing, China in 2009. His most recent catalogue, published in 2010 by Galería Animal, features an essay by Francesca Pietropaolo. Other recent publications include Jorge Tacla: Pinturas/Paintings, which features an essay by Donald Kuspit and Raul Zamudio Taylor, printed in 2008. His work is included in many public collections, including the Drawing Center, New York, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, and the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile. Tacla is represented by Tierney Gardarin Gallery in New York.

http://jorgetacla.com

Li Taihuan

Born

1955, Beijing, China

Education

Beijing Normal University

Department of Fine Arts, B.A., 1982

Current

Independent artist and art advisor to the China Arts and Entertainment Group; lives and works in Beijing

Li Taihuan received his undergraduate degree from the Beijing Normal University, Li studied in Germany from 1990 to 1994. In addition to being an independent artist, Li is a dynamic advocate for international cultural exchange through art. Li was appointed as China International Exhibition Center art consultant and is currently the art advisor to the China Arts and Entertainment Group. Li had his solo exhibition at the National Museum of China in 2011, among other exhibitions in China and Germany. Li lives and works in Beijing.

Simon Lee

Born

1963, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Education

Gloucestershire College of Art and Design,

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, B.A. (Honors),

1st Class in Fine Art, 1979

Current

Independent artist; lives and works in Brooklyn

Simon Lee works in photography, video and installation making exhibitions and participating in residencies internationally. Lee’s most recent project MOTHER IS PASSING.COME AT ONCE, a multi-screen, kinetic installation was on view at Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York City in 2013. He has shown work at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, the Tinguely Museum in Basel, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Moscow International Film Festival and the Posnan Bienalle, Poland. His film Where is the Black Beast? has been shown at the Sagamore Collection in Miami, Decalogue: Films You Can Count On Two Hands at Winkleman Gallery NYC, LOOP Video Festival Barcelona, Zebra Poetry Film Festival Berlin, IFC Center NYC and was an official selection at the 2011 Rotterdam Film Festival. His public arts project, Bus Obscura premiered at Miami Basel in 2004 and has since toured to over ten cites including New York, San Francisco, London, Kampala, and Warsaw. His series of photographs Shadow over the Land has been presented in exhibitions in Moscow, Copenhagen and at Haunch of Venison in London. He has had solo shows at Pierogi Brooklyn, Roebling Hall New York amongst many others. Together with Eve Sussman, Lee co-founded the “Wallabout Oyster Theatre” a micro theatre space run out of their studios in Brooklyn. Sussman and Lee are also producing for Jack+Leigh Ruby, two reformed criminals, who are creating film/video installations.

http://www.simonlee.org/home.htm

 

Chen Shaoxiong

Born

1962, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China

Education

Guangzhou Fine Art Academy, Print Department, 1984

Current

Independent artist, lives and works in Beijing

Originally trained in Chinese ink, Chen Shaoxiong has worked across mediums including paint, photography,

and collage, though he has become increasingly focused on the combination of ink, video, and installation. Chen reacts to the changing circumstances of his home city of Guangzhou through ink animations—such as Ink City, Ink History, and Ink Things (all 2005–2007)—in which he depicts people in everyday situations. When strung together, these montages of ink drawings (based on photographs), create a narrative at once clearly urban and yet open for interpretation. A founding member of Guangzhou’s “Big Tail Elephant” group and the artist collective “Xijing Men”, Chen does not restrict his work to specific themes, yet he is acutely aware of China’s ever-changing context, brought on by rapid urbanization and globalization, and their political and social ramifications. His use of ink is resonant with metaphors: he adapts a cherished, historical Chinese tradition for use in new mediums and explores pressing contemporary issues.

http://www.chenshaoxiong.net

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s