About The Work
Zheng Guogu sets out experimentation rooted in tradition. Religion, philosophy, Yin and Yang, balance of energy are always the key inspiration to his practice and daily lives. He re-fashions thangkas, the Buddhist meditation paintings, into a hallucinatory image. Multiple layers of the buddhist image depicting a central deity or the mystical realm are transcended with a set of palette that deems to benefit the balance of body and mind.
b.1970, Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China
Zheng Guogu lives and works in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China. He graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1992, and was a founding member of Yangjiang Group, an art collective focusing on experimental Chinese calligraphy, founded in 2002.
Zheng Guogu sets out experimentation based in tradition. Religion, philosophy, Yin and Yang, balance of energy are some of the key inspiration to his practice and daily lives. He re-fashions elements of thangkas into a hallucinatory image using digital technologies. The buddhist images are layered and transcended with a set of palette that deems to benefit the balance of body and mind.
Zheng has participated in many significant international exhibitions, including “Transformation of Practices”, Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong, 2020; ”Visionary Transformation”, MoMA PS1, 2019; “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World”, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2017; “Social Factory - 10th Shanghai Biennale”, 2014; “Farewell to Post- Colonialism - 3rd Guangzhou Triennial”, 2008; “documenta 12”, Kassel, 2007; “Brave New Worlds”, Walker Art Center, 2007; and “Canton Express in Zone of Urgency”, 50th Venice Biennale, 2003. His recent solo exhibitions include “The Winding Path to Truenes”s, Mirrored Gardens, Guangzhou, 2017; “Where energy inhabits?”, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, 2016; “Visionary Transformation”, VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin, 2015; and “Ubiquitous Plasma”, OCAT Xi'an, 2015. He received the Best Artist Award from the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2006.
Tang Contemporary was established in 1997 in Bangkok, and now holds four exhibition spaces in Bangkok, Beijing and Hong Kong. Tang Contemporary is fully committed to producing new projects that promote Contemporary Chinese and Southeast Asian art regionally and worldwide, and to encourage a dynamic exchange between Asian artists and those abroad.
With their largest space in Beijing’s iconic 798 Art District, and as one of the most progressive and critically-driven exhibition spaces in China, the gallery strives to initiate dialogue between artists, curators, collectors and institutions working both locally and internationally.