Qiu Zhijie Learn about QIU ZHIJIE (B. 1969), Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art artist,their past and upcoming works offered at auction at Christie's

Qiu Zhijie graduated from the Printmaking Department of the National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou in 1992. His artworks appear in various media and formats, including oil painting, photography, video, and installation art. Qiu moved to Beijing in 1994 and since 1999 he increasingly took up exhibition curatorial work. In 2012 he became the curator for the Shanghai Biennial. He has dedicated much of his time to ink paintings and calligraphy since mid-2000s.

Although not trained in traditional Chinese painting, Qiu perceives ink and brush as his main tool to formulate his thoughts and ideas. His ink paintings are his journals, mind maps, and blueprints for his installation and curatorial works. Qiu infuses contemporary subject matters, new techniques and presentation methods to innovate his ink paintings. He desires to revive the ancient literati tradition, in which men of insight and knowledge observe their universe and express their feeling of society through works of art. This journey of enlightenment is also Qiu’s intention in his process of art-making

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