Yu Jen-chih

1977, Taipei, Taiwan

Introduction

Artist painter and art critic. Born on 8 March 1977 in Taipei. Yu Jen-chih studied Fine Art at Tunghai University, Taiwan (1995-1999) and holds a DEA postgraduate degree in Film History from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris I. From a young age, Yu Jen-chih experimented with different painting and engraving techniques. Between 2008 and 2014, he participated in several group exhibitions at the Fondation Alliance française (Paris, Bahrain), Town Hall of Bogota (Colombia), Municipal Museum of Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine), as well as in several galleries and cultural institutes in France (Paris, Dinard, Brest, Quimper), Italy (Avellino) and Argentina (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano, La Plata).

 

In April 2010, Yu Jen-chih shared an exhibition with Russian born artist Masha S. at the legendary Georgia National Music Center in Tiflis (Tbilisi) and took part in February 2012 in a large group exhibition “Give time to time/Donner du temps au temps” at the Espace des Blanc-Manteaux in Paris. In 2014, Yu Jen-chih showed his works in a solo exhibition at Red Zone Arts, Geneva, Switzerland and again at Red Zone Arts, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 2019. In 2017, Kwan Hwa Information and Culture Center, Hong Kong, organized a retrospective of his engravings entitled “Between Titans and Giants”. In 2018, Yu Jen-chih especially created a wood engraving of 720 x 122 cm for Les Moyens du Bord, an art centre located in the historical tobacco factory in Morlaix, France. French national newspapers Ouest France and Le Télégramme praised this exhibition in several reviews. In 2013, with Michel Bohbot, French curator and poet, Yu Jen-chih prepared an artist’s books (Haïku with five wood engravings), Ce qui me fait signe, in a limited hand-made edition.


Yu Jen-chih is also a published author and has written for several magazines and newspapers: Panorama Monthly and Eastern China Daily (China), Ming Po Monthly and Apple Times (Hong Kong), China Times, Music & Audiophile and INK Literary Monthly (Taiwan). He has collaborated with Milan Kundera and Carlos Fuentes for their first major literary reviews in Chinese. Since 2011, Yu Jen-chih has worked with Fernando Arrabal on his Chinese language publications. In 2011, his monthly column on art (2007) for INK were assembled together with his paintings and photos by INK Publisher in a book entitled Interior/Exterior: Still Life & Landscape, an updated edition was designed by New Star Press for Mainland China in 2012.

 

Yu Jen-chih has been based in Paris since 1999.


BIOGRAPHY
1977
Born in Taipei, Taiwan
1985
Started to experiment with different engraving techniques
1995-1999 Studied Fine Art at Tunghai University, Taiwan
1999 Studied film history at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, gained DEA postgraduate degree, Paris, France
2011 Monthly column on art (2007) for INK were assembled together with paintings and photos by INK Publisher in a book entitled Interior/Exterior: Still Life & Landscape, an updated edition was designed by New Star Press for Mainland China in 2012
2013
Started to create artist's handmade books with several French poets
2018 
Created a wood engraving of 720 x 122 cm for Les Moyens du Bord, an art centre located in the historical tobacco factory in Morlaix, France
Present Live and work in Paris, France

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 

  • Red Zone Arts, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2018 

  • Les Moyens du Bord, Morlaix, France

2017 

  • Between Titans and Giants, Kwan Hwa Information and Culture Center, Hong Kong

2014 

  • Red Zone Arts, Geneva, Switzerland

1997 

  • Backyard Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1994 

  • Association of Art Appreciation Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 

2019 

  • La Biblioteca Municipal d'Eivissa, Ibiza, Spain
  • Patricia Erbelding Studio, Paris, France
  • Ancient Wash-house, Flagy, France

2014 

  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Quimper, France
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Latinoamericano, La Plata, Argentina
  • Red Zone Arts, Geneva, Switzerland

2013  

  • Municipal Library, Boussy St. Antoine, France
  • Town Hall, St. Julien du Saut, France
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

2012 

  • Give time to time/Donner du temps au temps, Espace des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, France

2010

  • Joint exhibition with Russian born artist Masha S., National Music Center, Tiflis (Tbilissi), Georgia

2009

  • Galerie Saphir, Dinard, France
  • Municipal Museum, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukrain
  • Alliance Française, Bahrain
  • Town Hall, Bogota, Colombia
  • Ex Carcere Borbonico, Avellino, Italy

2008

  • Alliance Française, Paris, France
  • Galerie Saphir, Paris, France


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Library of France, Paris, France


PUBLICATIONS

2011 Interior/Exterior: Still Life & Landscape, INK Publisher, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 Interior/Exterior: Still Life & Landscape (updated edition), New Star Press, Shanghai, China

ARTIST'S HANDMADE BOOKS

2019 Red Landscape I (with Patricia Erbelding)
2018 Sunset, Seashore Landscape (with Michel Bohbot)

2016 Big Flowers (with Michel Bohbot)

Milarepa (with Michel Bohbot)

2013 Ce qui me fait signe (with Michel Bohbot)