| Biography | Artist Statement | Inventory Catalogue | Artists Represented | Weizhi Zhang


Biography
Born in 1945
Currently lives and works in Beijing

Education

1989
Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Fine Art, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing (former Central Academy of Arts & Design)
1986
Associate Degree in Fine Art, Beijing Education Institute


Inventory Catalogue

Academic Teaching
1998-2003
Instructor of Fine Art, Beijing Jing Hai College
1983-1993 Instructor of Fine Art, Beijing Chongwen Youth Science Center
1964-1982 Instructor of Fine Art, Beijing Guang Ming School

Solo Exhibitions
2012
Sentimental Journeys, Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2011
Gates: Spirit of a City, Art Beatus (Vancouver), Vancouver, B.C. Canada
2010
Hall of One Hundred Rivers, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, Co-organized by Canadian Society of Asian Arts, Asia Foundation of Canada and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  Curator Yue Zhang was interviewed by CBC Radio.
2009 Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.A.
2008 Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, Florida, U.S.A
2007 Randy Batista Gallery (former Media Image Gallery), Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.
2006 Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.
1984 Oil painting Zhuo Wei Zu Fu Shi de Gu Niang was included in Chong Wen Worker’s Club Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
1976 Chinese ink painting Cang Ying was included in Chon Wen Qu Art Exhibition, Beijing, China

Group Exhibitions
2013
Small Is Good, Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2011
Watercolour Painting Should Not Wane was selected by exhibition Crossing Boundaries, co-organized by Federation of Canadian Artists and Chinese Canadian Artists Federation of Vancouver, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, Vancouver B.C. Canada
2010
The 16th Annual Exhibition and Juried Awards 2010, Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver, Chinese Cultural Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Watercolor Painting Winter Sunshine won the 1st Prize of the Western Style Category

Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.A.
1999
Da Qian Gallery, Beijing, China


Award
2010
The First Prize, 16th Annual Exhibition and Juried Awards 2010, Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Freelance
1995-2004
Art Designer of Youth Programs, Beijing TV Station
2002
Book Design The Culture of Chinese Furniture, Hebei Art Press
2000
Art Director of Beijing Fu Yu Hang Real Estate Trading Center
1999 Graphic Designer of Beijing Putt-Putt Golf
1993-1997 Art Designer, Sailing Ltd., State Bureau of Building Materials Industry
1992 Co-developer of Acrylic resin decorative glass, Tong Ji University, Shanghai
1987 Furniture Designer, Beijing Shi Jing Shan Furniture Factory

Publications
1995 Illustrator Er Tong Mei Shu III (Children’s Art III) People’s Art Press, Beijing
1992 Illustrator Qiao Shou Miao Gong (Clever Hands Crafts) Henan Art Press
1989 Illustrator E Mei Shi San Jian, Hai Feng Publishing Co., Ltd. Hong Kong
1989

Illustrator Wa Wa Tan Qin (Children Learn to Play Piano) Beijing Athletic Institute Press, Beijing


Collections
Paintings collected by Chinese, Korean, American and Canadian private collectors
Nancy Sanders, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A

Randy Batista, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.

Tom Caswell, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.

Peter and Ruth Sheng, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.

Woo-sung Yoon, Miami, FL, U.S.A.

Teresa Yick, Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.

Yim Tse, Vancouver, BC, U.S.A.

Sam Wu, Burnaby, BC, U.S.A.

Anonymous Collector, California, U.S.A.


Artist Statement

The Spirit of the City - Beijing Hutongs and Courtyards

Although I grew up in old Beijing, and embraced its rich traditions, I did not fully recognize its complex history, culture and art as a young child. And later, my busy life took me to places outside of the magnificent and exquisite architecture of the ancient capital city.   

With today’s massive political and economic changes, the ever-increasing pace of urbanization, and the recent overhaul of the city in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games, the old city gates, old city walls, hutongs, and residential courtyards that bear so much historical, cultural, artistic values are vanishing from our sight. Only then had I realized what our nation is losing…the spirit of a place and the soul of its people.   

The grandiose and highly ordered layout of imperial Beijing and the vernacular fabric of a city built upon a thousand years of history are wonders of human culture. The hutongs of Beijing (networks of small alleyways that lead to courtyard houses) give witness to the city’s evolution, and are like a living museum that holds the clues to an enduring way of life.   

Beijing quadrangle courtyards are the most elaborate examples of Chinese vernacular dwelling. Their ethnological character and variations of style, along with their delicate but powerful decorative elements, are of significant historic value and cultural meaning.   

Beijing’s royal palaces and temples represent a pinnacle of achievement in Oriental architecture. And the totality of Beijing’s architecture is not only defined by the intensely layered physical occupancy of geometric spaces, but through the spirit, and the scenery of the soul, of a whole nation. It is this scenery that touches our heart deep down.   

Human minds are connected, and we all marvel at the architecture of the Parthenon, the Egyptian pyramids, the Arc de Triomphe, Ankor Wat, and Taj Mahal. The old cityscape of Beijing is also appreciated by people all over the world. As early as the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, foreign photographers and writers recorded the vibrant life of Beijing’s hutongs, now vanishing, and leaving behind only fragments of this once continuous whole.  

It is true that what is gone later becomes the most precious. While I cannot prevent its loss, I use my brushes to hold onto the fragments and memories of old Beijing. Through this work, I am carrying out a personal mission to advocate the preservation of Beijing’s culture and the continuity of our history.

- Weizhi Zhang



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