Zheng Guogu

Zheng Guogu (郑国谷)


Born in 1970 in Yangjiang, Guangdong province, Zheng Guogu graduated from the printmaking department at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1992. He lives and works in Yangjiang.

Zheng Guogu’s artistic practices utilize a wide range of media in order to express the extensive diversity of his ideas along with life process. The land/garden project (initiated from "The Age of Empire" in 2005 and it has evolved into "Liao Garden" since 2013) integrates even more complicated spatial modalities and social relations, which comprises the entire process of dwelling in a spatial location, from conceptual ideal to practical implementation to day-to-day living. In his recent painting series based on the research of life energy, Zheng Guogu tries to reveal the energy flow lurking in the process of perception, the vibration of color frequencies is closely related to the workings of human arteries and veins, as well as the operation of the universe. Furthermore, the vibration is the tempering of an existential insight. Zheng Guogu is also the founding member of Yangjiang Group, an art collective focusing on the experimental Chinese calligraphy, founded in 2002 in Yangjiang.

Zheng Guogu has participated in international exhibitions and bienniales including: Social Factory - 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, 2014; Farewell to Post-Colonialism - 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, 2008; Documenta 12, Kassel, 2007; Canton Express in Zone of Urgency, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, 2003; etc. His recent solo exhibitions include: Zheng Guogu: Visionary Transformation, MoMA PS1, New York, 2019; Zheng Guogu: The Winding Path to Trueness, Guangzhou, 2017; Zheng Guogu: Where energy inhabits? , Paris, 2016; Zheng Guogu: Visionary Transformation, Berlin, 2015; Zheng Guogu: Ubiquitous Plasma, Xi’an, 2015.

He received the Best Artist Award by CCAA (Chinese Contemporary Art Awards) in 2006.






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