Qiu Chi Chen
Address: Quarter A of Art Center of Songzhuang, Xiaopu Village, Songzhuang Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing Zip code: 101118
Telephone: 010-69590535 15652575108
Northeastern Normal University, Art Faculty 1987
1991 “Solo Oil Painting Exhibition” Changchun，China
2007 “Solo Exhibition” Artstatements Gallary Hongkong
2013 qiuchi CHENs solo art exhibition XUN ART GALLERY Beijing
1993 “Northeasten Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition” ShenYang，China
1995 “China Scenery painting Exhibition” the National Art Gallary
1996 “China Still Life Oil Painting Exhibition” the National Art Gallary Beijing，China
2001 “Contemporary Art Exhibition” Beijing，China
2002 “Heart of Chip——Contemporary Art Exhibition” Beijing，China
2002 “‘Space time’ Art Exhibition” Beijing China
2003 “China Contemporary Art Exhibition” Beijing China
2004 “Made in Village——Art Exhibition of Artist in SongZhuang” Beijing China
2003 “six person joint Art Exhibition” Beijing China
2004 “Life——Visual Art Exhibition of SongZhuang” Beijing China
2004 “China ‘QuangCong’ Exhibition” SongZhuang Artist Community Beijing China
2005 “Touching the Freedom of Your Body and Mind —— Contemporary Art Exhibition” 798 Beijing China
2005 “Life —— Visual Art Exhibition of SongZhuang II” Beijing China
2005 “Uselessness —— Contemporary” Beijing China
2005 “speak or act on hearsay evidence”——Contemporary Art Exhibition Beijing China
2005 “‘The Course of SongZhuang’ Contemporary Art Exhibition SongZhuang Art and Culture Festival” Beijing China
2006 “‘Life’—Visual Art Exhibition of SongZhuang Artist Community III” Beijing China
2006 “Stress —— Contemporary Art Exhibition” Beijing China
2006 “Free Art Exhibition —— SongZhuang Art Festival II” Beijing China
2006 ‘Shut up’—— Contemporary Art Exhibition” SongZhuang of Beijing, China
2006 “LP Exhibition” ArtStatements Gallary Shanghai China
2007 “Port of East Coast Contemporary Art Exhibition” Beijing China
2007 ‘The Time of SongZhuang’ Exhibition I” SongZhuang China
2008 “The Time of SongZhuang” Exhibition II Beijing China
2008 KIA“korea lnternatioal Art Fair”2008 Seoul Korea
2008 “Works of Contemporary Artist Exhibition” Opus Gallary Longdon UK
2008 “Transcendental 100%”——Pristinedecades SongZhuang Art Exhibition Beijing China
2008 “Cologne International Art Fair” Korean PHILP KANG Gallery Cologne Germany
2008 “Contemporary Chinese Artist Exhibition” Berlin Germany
2008 “‘Original Story’ of SongZhuang Art Festival IV” SongZhuang China
2008 “The 3rd Tour Exhibition of ‘the First Generation of Songzhuang’ “SongZhuang China
2008年 “Kounter Kulture” TrumanBrewery，London，UK
2009年 “BraveNew World，Contemporary Chinese Art” opus Art，Newcoastle UK
2009 ‘Songzhuang Artist Exhibition’---Songzhuang Art Festival V”Wansheng Gallery Songzhuang China
2009 “Seoul International Art Fair” Seoul Korea
2009 “Sino-Korea Artist Exchange Exhibition in Memory of Establishment of Relation between China and Korea ” Shangshang Art Gallery Songzhuang China
2009 “2009 Beijing Contemporary International Arts Exhibition” 789 Art Center Beijing China
2010 “Any difference? China” Roman Gallery Seoul Korea
2010 Newcastle/Gateshead art fair Newcastle
2011 SCOPE Art Fair New York
2011 SCOPE Art Fair Sportplatz Landhof，Basel
2011 Fresh cream London London
2013 " We are. 1994-2013 " -- China - China 20 anniversary of the Songzhuang artist clusters in songzhuang
Works have been collected by collectors both domestic and abroad.
I am Chen Qiuchi, a Chinese artist. I began my career as a liberal-occupation artist since the “YUANMINGYUAN Stage” in China in the beginning of 1990. My works have been exhibited in Changchun, Shenyang, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong of China, Seoul of Korea, London of England, Cologne and Berlin of Germany and the like for many times. I participated in “Art Cologne” and “Seoul International Art Fair”.
I received strict training on modeling ability and oil painting technique. However, as a contemporary artist, I have my own conscience. I cannot concern myself with the reality, the changes and problems occurring in the process of development of human society.
My works are schemas composed of picture symbol of human head. These ‘symbols’ are accumulating and expanding as virus, or guffaw or outcry, so as to express the difficult choice of human in development. That is, whether human are to choose peaceful and environmental protection development, or the war and development at the expense of damaging the environment.
The swelling desire of human, crazy development in armaments and science and technology, and inequality in human right, pollution of environment and crisis of energy, etc., pestering the world like plague……
It is undeniable that, the technology that we have known is only one of the methods that people know and transform the world rather than the sole method. However, the concept of technology has penetrated in people’s mind and each field of life. People’s minds are controlled by modern technology and their own desire unconsciously……
Just as that said by Einstein: “Where do we come from, where is the human heading for?”
My paintbrush gives such a long sigh, trying to arouse the love in human heart through my works and their conscience that is in sound sleep, so as to make the globe where human and other animals are inhibited remain peace and vitality……
As some well-known reasons, I can only mail some works including oil paintings on the shelf, digital images and sculptures from 1998 to the present to your organization. I sincerely expect that I have the chance of cooperating with your organization and let more people to see my works.
"When China awakes, the world will tremble" said Napoleon Bonaparte. This vision was prescient. Despite the "great leap forward", "cultural revolution" and the new "Communo-capitalist" economic boom, artists have succeeded in creating strong, provocative and politically engaging works. Qiuchi Chen is a perfect example.
He was born in a small village in the district town of Dehui, Jilin Province in the northeast of China. His studies were marked by the "cultural revolution" and its excesses. Once he completed his studies, he worked as a construction worker, but the work was tedious and difficult. Qiuchi Chen had had a well kept secret since childhood: his passion for art! To exercise it he copied cartoon characters, while dreaming one day of learning to draw and paint.
This resulted in his enrolling in evening classes at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Normal University of the Northeast. He had finally found a way for self expression. Thanks to his work, he was able to demonstrate all the things that he had never been able to say before about the world and society.
His paintings are of weapons, deserts, famous buildings .... and symbolic representations of human heads, crying, screaming, laughing, agglomerating, multiplying and spreading like a virus.
For Qiuchi Chen, a dilemma and an evolutionary choice arises. Either we get closer to nature and its preservation or we plunge into war along with the economic and industrial development that leads to destruction. He considers how ubiquitous technology has penetrated minds and all areas of life, seeming to us the only acceptable model of evolution. Mind and spirit are being controlled by this technology.
But through his paintings Chen Qiuchi tries to "shake" us, and resuscitate love in the human heart while making us aware of the value of life, freedom, human rights and to point out that our desires for expansion and development are ultimately destructive.
By Nicolas Sarazin
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