Chen Yifei  (Chinese, 1946-2005) 

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Chen Yifei (Chinese, 1946–2005) was a painter best known for his realistic portraits of Chinese women in traditional dress, and landscapes depicting the Chinese countryside. Born in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, Chen studied at the Shanghai College of Art in the style of Russian Socialist Realism. Shortly after he graduated, Chen was painting propaganda for the Cultural Revolution, including portraits of Mao Tse-Tung. After the Cultural Revolution diminished in power, Chen painted Looking at History from My Space (1979), portraying the artist looking at a wall depicting historical events in China during the 1910s and 1920s. Chen lived in New York from 1980 to 1990, and found commercial success by painting Chinese subject matter in a Romantic Realist style, characterized by dark, rich colors. His subject matter includes melancholic women, Chinese musicians, Tibetan villagers, and landscapes of the Chinese countryside. His Poppy (1991)—the title of which refers to a song by the Tang Dynasty poet Bo Zhuyi—depicts a young woman in traditional dress holding a rigid posture against a black background. When Chen returned to Shanghai, he painted Tiben and Chinese landscapes in an Impressionist style, and designed projects for hotels, fashion, films, and home furnishings. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Museum, and the China National Museum of Fine Arts.

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Chen Yifei, Head of a Beauty

 

Chen Yifei
Head of a Beauty
circa 2003

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Beauty

 

Chen Yifei
Beauty
2004

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Suzhou Sunny Day

 

Chen Yifei
Suzhou Sunny Day
circa 1996

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Two reclining Beauties

 

Chen Yifei
Two reclining Beauties
circa 1996-1998

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Suzhou (Purple Harmony)

 

Chen Yifei
Suzhou (Purple Harmony)
circa 1996

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Beauty with Fan (dark Blue)

 

Chen Yifei
Beauty with Fan (dark Blue)
circa 2002

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Group of Beauties with Fans

 

Chen Yifei
Group of Beauties with Fans
2004

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Beauty (Blue/Red)

 

Chen Yifei
Beauty (Blue/Red)
1998

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
Chen Yifei, Seated Beauty with Fan

 

Chen Yifei
Seated Beauty with Fan
1998

Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.
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Chen Yifei, 威尼斯石桥 (Stone bridge, venice)

 

Chen Yifei
威尼斯石桥 (Stone bridge, venice), 1985-1989
oil on canvas

 

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Chen Yifei, Two beauties

 

Chen Yifei
Two beauties, 1998
oil on canvas

 

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Chen Yifei, Water town

 

Chen Yifei
Water town, 1983
oil on canvas

 

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1946   Born, Ningbo, Zhenhai, Zhejiang Province
1964   Graduated from High School for Art, Shanghai, China
1965   Diploma, Shanghai Art Training School, China
1970   Recognized as the leading artist at the Shanghai Institute of Painting, Shanghai, China
1984   Master of Art Degree, Hunter College, New York, NY
1980 - 1990   Lived and worked in the United States
2005   Died, Shanghai, China
2006   Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London, England
2006   Fiction@Love, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
2005   Chen Yifei (1946-2005), Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd, London, England (solo)
2005   Chen Yifei (1946-2005), Marlborough Galerie AG, Zurich (solo)
2003   Ouevres Récentes, Marlborough Monte-Carlo, Monaco (solo)
2001   Initial Image, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
1999   New Works, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Paintings of Tibet, Pavilion of the People's Republic of China, XLVII Venice Biennale (solo)
1997   Chen Yifei, Première Exposition en France, Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France (solo)
1996 - 1997   First London Exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art, London, England (solo)
1996 - 1997   The Homecoming of Chen Yifei, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China; The China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (solo, retrospective)
1990   Recent Paintings, Seibu Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1990   Hammer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1988   Hammer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1986   Hammer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1983   New England Centre for Contemporary Art, USA (solo)
1983   Hammer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982   New England Centre for Contemporary Art, USA (solo)
1981   New England Centre for Contemporary Art, USA (solo)
1980   New England Centre for Contemporary Art, USA (solo)