Nan Qi

1960, Yongkang, Zhejiang, China

Introduction

Nan Qi's emoji works feature big thumbs, smileys and roses that are part of our everyday lives. These works resemble Pop art at first glimpse but as you look more carefully the work begins to change from 2D to 3D. As in the artist’s own words, “Stare closely at the centre of the painting for two minutes. Relax yourself, clear your mind and then slowly move backward, you will experience the 3D effect of the painting.”

Born in Yongkang, Zhejiang in 1960, Nan Qi was trained in classical landscape ink painting at the People’s Liberation Army Fine Arts Academy in Beijing. Over the years, his subject matter has ranged from mountain landscapes to Chinese cultural icons, and more recently to iconoclastic images of the Visa logo, currency symbols and military parades composed by myriads of overlaid ink dots with an effect of eerie 3-D. He is a member of Chinese Artists’ Association, and currently lives in Beijing.


BIOGRAPHY

1960 Born in Yongkang City, Zhejiang Province, China
1986 Graduated from the Chinese painting Course, People’s Liberation Army Fine Arts Academy, Beijing, China        
Currently  Lives and works in Beijing, China
Member of the Chinese Artists’ Association


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019
  • Borrowed Landscapes: New Ink by Nan Qi, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2017
  • Ink.Dot.Pop the Art of Nan Qi Exhibition, The LUXE Art Museum, Singapore

2016
  • Art Home:Power of Dots, Green Art Asia, Basel, Switzerland

2015  
  • New Era Ink: An Exhibition of Works by Nan Qi, Yu Xin Gallery, Singapore
  • Nan Qi Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
  • Art Car: Car, Power, Sex Pop-Up Exhibition, Green Art Asia, Hong Kong
2014  
  • Source Point: Nan Qi Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Shanghai Dingyi Fund, Shanghai, China
2013   
  • Power. Sex. Money. A Solo Exhibition by Nan Qi, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
2012  
  • London 2012: China Art Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London, United Kingdom
2011  
  • Digital Ink Images: Art by Nan Qi, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Eerie 3-D: 3-D Ink Fine Art by Nan Qi, G-Dot Art Space, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
2006   
  • Ink and Sex Series: Works by Nan Qi, Yisulang  Art Gallery, Singapore
1998
  • Landscape and Seascape: Nan Qi Ink Painting Exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong       
1997  
  • Ink Paintings by Nan Qi, Xianggena Gallery, Shanghai, China                          
1989  
  • Landscape Paintings by Nan Qi, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
2018

  • Tradition and Change: A Dialogue in the Process of Ink Painting, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Spearhead: Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Ink, Ming Yuan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Manifesto of Neo-Modern Ink Art, G-Dot Art Space, Beijing, China

2017   
2016
  • Being and Inking: Documenting Contemporary Ink Art 2001-2016, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
  • The Figures in Ink Painting, Art Museum of Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

  • Contemporary Chinese Ink Almanac Exhibition (2015-2016), Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • 9th Shenzhen International Ink Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

  • 1st Invitation Exhibition of Emei International Contemporary Art, Emei Contemporary Art Museum, Le Shan, China

2015   
  • Like/Not Like. Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Wuhan Art Space, Wuhan, China
  • Exhibition of Fine Artworks of Contemporary China, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka, India 
2014   
  • Western Clouds and Eastern Language: Chinese Contemporary Art Research Exhibition, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
  • Ethereal Dimness: New Water Ink Research Series, Avant-Garde Contemporary Art Centre, Nanjing, China
  • In Retrospect: Contemporary Ink Exhibition, Art Space 21, Shanghai, China
2013   
  • Water and Ink Methods: Chinese Academic Invitational Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Re-Portrait: The 2013 Hall Three Official 1 Art Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Hubei, China
  • Ink and Wash Articles: The Creation of Cultural Context, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
  • Freehand Cina: Mostra Degli Artisti Nominati Cina Contemporanea Dei Quadri Ad Inchiostri, Casa Dei Carraresi in Italia, Treviso, Italy
  • Way: Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition, Mingyuan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Re-Ink: Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012 Invitational Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • In Retrospect: An Exhibition of Works by Nan Qi, Cai Guangbin, and Zhang Quan, G-Dot Art Space, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
  • Re-History: Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Touring Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen; G-Dot Art Space, Beijing; Today Art Museum, Beijing , China                                
  • New Dimensions in Ink: 1st Nomination Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ink, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2012   
  • Re-History: Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Touring Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen; Hubei Art Museum, Hubei, China                          
2011   
  • Art Beijing 2011 Contemporary Art Fair, Chinese Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China     
2010  
  • 4th Beijing International Art Biennial, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China  
  • China International Gallery Expo, China World Trade Center, Beijing, China  
  • Art Beijing 2010 Contemporary Art Fair, Chinese Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China  
  • Beijing Biennial 2010, Caochangdi Art Gallery, Beijing, China  
  • Through History Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, G-Dot Art Space, Songzhuang, Beijing, China  
2009   
  • Historical Image Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen; Hubei Contemporary Art Gallery, Hubei; China
  • International Gallery Expo, China World Trade Center, Beijing, China                                          
  • Art Beijing 2009 Contemporary Art Fair, Chinese Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China    
2008   
  • 3rd Beijing International Art Biennial, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China    
  • Songzhuang Life Autumn Exhibition, Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing, China    
  • Catharsis Invitational Exhibition, LDX Gallery, Beijing, China    
  • Ink/Not Ink Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Invitational Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, United States                                    
  • 6th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennial, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China    
  • Asia in Harmony 23rd Asian International Art Exhibition, City Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China    
  • Contemporary Figurative Chinese Ink Painting Invitational Exhibition, Ming Yuan Art Museum, Shanghai, China    
  • Art Beijing 2008 Contemporary Art Fair, Chinese Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China    
  • Chinese Desires: Li Jin, Wu Yi, Nan Qi, The Luxe Art Museum, Singapore
2007
  • 3rd Chengdu Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China
  • 2nd Invitational Exhibition of Songzhuang Ink Painters Society, Songzhuang East Arts Centre, Beijing, China
2006   
  • 2nd Exhibition of Chinese Art Today, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China                               
  • Contemporary Ink Invitational Exhibition, Songzhuang East Arts Centre, Beijing, China
  • Ink and Sex Invitational Exhibition, A.R.T. Gallery, Beijing, China                                     
  • Waves: Contemporary Chinese Ink and Wash Methods, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China        
  • Chinese Ink and Wash Documenta 1976-2006, Nanjing National Museum, Nanjing, China
2005 
  • 2nd Beijing International Art Biennial, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 
  • Extreme Brushwork: Leading Fine Arts Ink and Wash Invitational Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China   
2004 
  • New Expressionist Chinese Ink Painting Invitational Exhibition 2004, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • 4th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennial: Ink/Wash and the City, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China  
  • New Works by Six New Expressionist Chinese Painters, Yisulang Art Gallery, Singapore
2003   
  • 1st Beijing International Art Biennial, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China                 
  • New Expressionist Chinese Ink Painting Invitational Exhibition 2003, Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing, China
2002   
  • 3rd Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennial: Ink/Wash and the City, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2000  
  • 2nd Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennial: Ink/Wash and the City, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
1990   
  • Exhibition of Chinese Paintings by Liu Dawei and Nan Qi, Changfugong Arts Centre, Beijing, China

SELECTED AWARDS

2018   Cultural and Artistic Outstanding Contribution Award, International Olympic Committee Samaranch Foundation, Shanghai, China

2003   Excellence Award, 2nd Golden Prize Exhibition of Chinese Art, Yanhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China                          

2002   Contribution Award, European International Fine Arts Exchange, Rotterdam, Netherlands               

2000   Best Work AwardHong Kong, Taiwan and Macau 2000 Art Exhibition, City University, Hong Kong                

1999   Excellence Award9th Chinese National Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China           

1996  Special Association Award, 19th Japanese International Art Exhibition, Ginza Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan      

1988   Second Prize, Great Wall Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China                                  

1987   Excellence Award, Exhibition of Celebrating 60th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China