Zhang Yexing, born 1981, China.
Zhang Yexing is originally from Shenyang, Liaoning Province and moved to Beijing to study at the Central Academy of Fine Art where he graduated from the animation department. During his studies he became interested in working with the medium of oil painting. This young artist has already had a number of solo shows in China and has participated in many group shows across Asia including exhibitions at the Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, the Modern Art Museum of Hongik University, Seoul and the Today Art Museum, Beijing. His paintings are in many major art collections in the region.
Zhang Yexing’s recent paintings focus on empty interiors that project a sense of history and nostalgia. These interiors evoke a range of emotions from peaceful to thrilling and curious drawing on ambiguous emotions of loneliness and solitude. Recent works depict walls, floors, ceilings, doors, drapes, various drawers, boxes, furniture and etc never revealing their inhabitants. Through depicting these empty views, the artist becomes the viewer sharing the same perspective. If an image may evoke certain religious awakening, then it would be an awakening based on the artist’s skillful composition.