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Wang Chao
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Wang Chao
[Xi’an, China]

Art Yourself Atelier is thrilled to announce Wang Chao’s solo exhibition -- «The Visible and the Invisible»(«可见与不可见的») on our platform.

Artist's Biography

Born in 1986, Graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2013 and received a master’s degree, working and living in Xi'An, China.

The Visible and the Invisible

" I'm trying to use the most basic Chinese painting elements <water> and <ink> to compose the pictures. Everything comes from these two elements, and myriads of varieties are born from them. I hope that these varieties in the work can naturally reflect the thinking styles and characteristics of the Chinese.

People tend to push the perceptions of art in the "East” to the opposite side of the "West” like an imaginary enemy. However, looking back over the history, all art styles are irreplacable and possess their uniqueness. When we are emphasizing the particularity of our medium: the <water> and <ink>, consideration should be given to the fact that no medium is born to be mediocre, nor exceptional. In my opinion, macroscopy and objectiveness are necessary when viewing the <water> and <ink>. Then, if we put the <water> and <ink> into global context, we will find that it’s just the one in another time and space, with some contextual relationship with other arts.

Different geographic regions give people varieties of characteristics and styles of thinking, which will in turn indicate their distinct regional features. During the long period of history, the Chinese formed their own characteristics, as well as the corresponding way of thinking. Then it shaped the unique Chinese culture with distinct traits, which are presenting in arts. The <water> and <ink> is a native artistic style generated from these traits: The softness and randomness of the <water> and <ink> exactly reflect the humble, introverted and flexible nature of Chinese people. The important thing is: the characteristic of the <water> and <ink> fits our particularity of thinking. We became familiar with the <water> and <ink>, then we controlled and relied on it. Subsequently, we had natural emotional connections to it. Such emotional connections coexist tacitly with the Chinese way of thinking, and have been embeded in our art for thousands of years. The <water> and <ink> has been personified during the long history of Chinese art. It has also become synonymous with us and reflects the way we see the world. The <water> and <ink> is not only a medium or an artistic style, it has also become a spiritual support for the expression of Chinese arts.

Looking back at my work, I’m trying to avoid stylized routines and start with a simple brushstroke to mobilize my thoughts and trigger my body, then complete the complicated construction of the picture. Eventually, it becomes a restoration of my inner spirit. "


" 我试用最基本的中国绘画元素<水>和<墨>构建画面,一切源于这两个最基本的元素,又从中生出万般变化。我希望作品中的这些变化能够自然地影射出东方人的思维方式和性格特征。




— Wang Chao · 王超

His Solo Exhibitions

2019 - Shanghai, China
«Unveiled Bright»
Quantum Gallery

2017 - Xi’an, China
«Transition: Wang Chao’s exhibition»

2017 - Nanjing, China
«Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World»
Banana Art Space

2016 - Nanjing, China
«In a breath : Wang Chao's exhibition»
Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts

His Group Exhibitions

2018 - Chengdu, China
«Mapping the City: A Vision of History and City»
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal

2018 - Xi'an, China
«Mapping the City: A Vision of History and City»
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal

2017 - Xi'an, China
«Breaking The Barrier: Xi'an Contemporary Art Exhibition 2017»
Xi'an Art Museum

2016 - Hangzhou, China
«Inter-Youth International Painting Exhibition»
China Academy of Art Museum

2015 - Beijing, China
«IVY ART 2015: Chinese Young Artists' Exhibition»
Today Art Museum

2013 - Nanjing, China
«Time zone –Creation and Exploration of Contemporary Young College Teachers»
Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts

2013 - Shanghai, China
«Growing - 2013 Shanghai Youth Biennial»
China Arts Museum