Zhuang Hong Yi

Zhuang Hong Yi was born in 1962 in China, where he studied at the Sichuan College of Fine Arts. There he learned traditional porcelain techniques and the use of rice paper, materials that still mark his work today. Zhuang Hong Yi moved to the Netherlands in 1992 and gradually his work became strongly influenced by European influences.

Zhuang Hong Yi’s relief works, especially the Flowerbeds series to which this work belongs, are characterised by an extreme meticulousness that almost borders on asceticism. The artist folds the rice paper into thousands of flowers, sprinkled with paint and retouched one by one. This technique creates optical effects that fascinate the observer because the work changes according to the way it is placed around it. Zhuang Hong Yi then proposes an explosion of colours, as numerous as the flowers, while keeping a coherence of subtly iridescent hues.

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This style places him at the crossroads of Chinese inspirations and the continuation of the great names of optical art, such as Carlos Cruz Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto or Julio le Parc and Vasarely.
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