Ding Yi is among the most successful and influential Chinese artists today.
The practice of Ding Yi encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture. He works primarily with "+" and its variant "x" as formal visual signals, above and against the political and social allegories typical of painting in China. He chose this sign in the second half of the 80s as a synonym of structure, rationality and of a pictorial expressiveness that reflects the essence of things.
Ding Yi has exhibited extensively at various institutions and galleries, among many others, "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World" (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York/Bilbao, 2017-2018); "Last Night's Fortune Teller: The Third Part of an Exhibition Series with New Acquisitions of Chinese and International Contemporary Art" (Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, 2017); "Une histoire: art, architecture, design des années 1980 à nos jours" (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2015); "China 8, Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr"(Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2015); "Verso Est, Chinese Architectural Landscape" (Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo MAXXI, Rome, 2011); "Shanghai" (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2010); "'85 New Wave, The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art" (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2007); "Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" (Bern, Hamburger, Barcelona, etc. 2005-2009); "Living in Time, 29 Contemporary Artists from China" (Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2001).