CHEN WEINONG


Son of a calligrapher, Chen Weinong, born in 1962 in the province of Zhejiang, graduated from the Academy of Fine…

Biography

Son of a calligrapher, Chen Weinong, born in 1962 in the province of Zhejiang, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 1988.

He freely interprets the rules of calligraphy; his art blends abstract art techniques with traditional Chinese calligraphy. He knew how to keep from a fairly classic education a very learned use, very mastered of the brush while giving free rein to a great creative passion.

Chen Weinong works in black and white. Despite the traditional duotone of his inks, there emerges a power and a very spring-like sensitivity that reserve surprising contrasts between fullness and emptiness, presence and absence, darkness and light. Although his inspiration comes from his observation of nature, Chen Weinong does not advocate realism: “By handling the brush, the artist is free to create for each painting a world in itself with its own elements”. The power that emanates from his work earned him the recognition of the artist Zao Wou-Ki during his stay in Paris.

He currently lives and works between Paris and Haining (China).


” Chen Weinong is part of this group of exceptional painters, which keeps alive three thousand years of Chinese painting. I mean by life, this ever-renewed youth of the plant which blooms again from the primordial seed. Chen Weinong uses the three treasures that have created the richness of Chinese painting since the first dynasties: paper, brush, ink.

Chen Weinong’s calligraphy is alert, nervous, vigorous. Sometimes fat, sometimes slender, it traces vertical staves of leaping ideograms. Its secret song expresses strength.

I go through his ink works with skilful dilutions that create all the illusions. Calligraphy discreetly insinuates itself, which does not want to be forgotten. She is tenderly attached to the brush that gave her life.

Our friend’s creations, his lyrical abstractions that unfold in waves and streaks on the paper do not describe landscapes. On the other hand, in a mysterious correspondence, they revive those intimate sensations that arise when contemplating the sky, the mountains, the sea. “

Michel King, President of the SNBA

Career

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2014
Chen Weinong Solo Exhibition, Shchukin Gallery, Paris, France

2013
Brush Strokes, Face Space Gallery, Beijing, China
Between Calligraphy and Painting by Chen Weinong, Flish Gallery, Paris, France

2012
Chen Weinong : Calligraphie suspendue, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Chen Weinong Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Chen Weinong : Calligraphie suspendue, Alliance Française de Hangzhou, China

2011
Ink Brush Painting by Chen Weinong, Luohan Gallery, Paris, France

2010
Chen Weinong : L’arte del tratto, Galleria Otto, Roma, Italy

2009
Between Calligraphy and Painting by Chen Weinong, Nine Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007
Ink Brush Paintings by Chen Weinong, Puxua Art Museum, Jiaxing, China

2006
Ink Brush Paintings by Chen Weinong, Dryade Gallery, Paris, France
Ink Splash Paintings by Chen Weinong, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Ink Splash Paintings by Chen Weinong, Leda Fletcher Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland & Shanghai, China

2003
Ink Brush Paintings by Chen Weinong, Saint-Martin Gallery, Paris, France

2002
Ink Brush Paintings by Chen Weinong, Myrna Myers Gallery, Paris France

2001
Ink Brush Paintings by Chen Weinong, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2000
Ink Brush Paintings by Chen Weinong, International Art Fair, Dalian, China

1998
Chinese Paintings by Chen Weinong, China Art Expo, Beijing, China

1997
Chinese Paintings by Chen Weinong, Shanghai Art Expo, Shanghai, China

1991
Chinese Paintings by Chen Weinong, Zhejiang Artists Gallery, Haining, China

1988
Paintings & Calligraphy by Chen Weinong, Zheijang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
SNBA Salon 2013, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

2012
Paintings and Calligraphy on Chinese Sericulture, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China
Fresh Ink Paintings from the South of the Yangtze, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2011
Art en Capitale, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2010
SNBA Salon 2010, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Nine Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2009
Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China 

2008
Zeng à Paris, Metanoia Gallery, Paris, France
Dryade Gallery, Paris, France
Beijing Library, Beijing, China

2007
SNBA Salon 2007, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Leda Fletcher Gallery, Shanghai, China

2006
Shanghai Art Expo, Shanghai, China
The 9th Westlake Exposition of Art, Hangzhou, China
Palast Nympenburg, Munich, Germany
Sommer Gallery, Munich, Germany

2005
Shanghai Library, Shanghai, China
Leda Fletcher Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Milan Art Festival (MIART), Milan, Italy

2004
La Chine à Genève, Leda Fletcher Gallery, Geneva, Switzeland
Commencement, Strasbourg, France

2003
Antiquaires, Lausanne, Switzerland
The 12th European Art Expo, Geneva, Switzerland
Art in Black & White, Leda Fletcher Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Chen, Father & Son, Myrna Myers Gallery, Paris, France

2000
National Art Museum, Gangneung, South Korea

1999
China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
Hong Kong Conference Center, Hong Kong

1998
National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, China

1995
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

1992
Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

1985
Zhejiang Exhibition Hall, Hangzhou, China