Ding Yi  (Chinese, 1962) 

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Ding Yi (Chinese, b.1962) is a Contemporary painter from Shanghai. He holds degrees from both the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute (1983), and Shanghai University’s Fine Arts department (1990). Ding is one of China’s foremost Abstract painters, his work having been exhibited around the world including the Venice Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and Sydney Biennale. His paintings are characterized by an acute attention to detail, with systematic repetition of forms and layering. The main motif in Ding’s work is the cross shape, which he has used throughout his entire career. The artist is best known for his large-scale, densely patterned paintings. His works from the 1980s were monochrome and influenced by De Stijl and Mondrian. There were no Figurative elements in these pieces, only lines forming patterns of intersecting grids. During the 1990s, Ding began experimenting more with color, material, and overall technique; his grid pattern is still present during this period, but such materials as charcoal, watercolor, and chalk are seen on a variety of surfaces including screens, fans, and card. Since the 2000s, Ding has worked with a much brighter palette of color for his work, and continues to produce stunningly intricate paintings. Ding currently lives in Shanghai, painting and lecturing at the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute.

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Ding Yi, 十示系列︰ 9 5 - 1 1 (Appearance of Crosses Series: 95-11)

 

Ding Yi
十示系列︰ 9 5 - 1 1 (Appearance of Crosses Series: 95-11)
1995

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
Christie's (Shanghai) Auction Company Limited
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Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses 2012-4

 

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2012-4
Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz
Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses 2012-3

 

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2012-3
Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz
Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses 2012-1

 

Ding Yi
Appearance of Crosses 2012-1
2012

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz
Ding Yi, 2009 Sketch No. 10

 

Ding Yi
2009 Sketch No. 10
2009

Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery
 
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Ding Yi, Appearance of crosses 95-B32

 

Ding Yi
Appearance of crosses 95-B32, 1995
pastel on paper

 

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Ding Yi, Appearance of crosses 94-B45

 

Ding Yi
Appearance of crosses 94-B45, 1994
charcoal, ink and chalk on paper

 

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Ding Yi, Appearance of crosses 96-15

 

Ding Yi
Appearance of crosses 96-15, 1996
mixed media on canvas

 

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1962   Born in Shanghai, China
1983   Graduated from the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute, China
1990   Graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Shanghai University, China
  lives and works in Shanghai, China
2010   The Official Opening of Minsheng Art Museum – Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2010   Exhibition in the sky, Pudong tower advertisement boards,Shanghai, China (group)
2010   Shanghai, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S.A. (group)
2010   Shanghai Modern Exhibition, CAI,Sapporo;Gallery Monma,Sapporo, Japan (group)
2010   Chinese Contemporary Art in the Year of the Tiger, Centre Culturel de Rencontre, Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg (group)
2010   Photo Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (group)
2010   Chinese Contemporary Artist in Their Twenties, Beijing Angle Modern Art, Beijing, China (group)
2009   ShanghART Group Show, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China (group)
2009   Footloose, Galerie Waldburger, Brussels, Belgium (group)
2009   Collision-Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (group)
2009   Out of Shanghai, Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany (group)
2009   Fan Ceremony-Works On Paper, Yard Gallery, Holywood, UK (group)
2009   Domus Collection New York | Beijing, White Space, Beijing, China (group)
2009   ShanghART Group Show, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China (group)
2009   Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass, U.S.A. (group)
2009   Shanghai History in Making from 1979 till 2009, 436 Jumen Rd., Shanghai, China (group)
2009   Another scene - artists' projects, concepts and ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China (group)
2009   Warm Up, Minsheng Art Museum, Bldg F, No.570 Huaihai Rd, Shanghai, China (group)
2009   Un-natural-A New Ciscussion on Nature and Chinese Traditions, Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China (group)
2009   Yi Pai - Century Thinking A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (group)
2009   Inaugural Exhibition, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China (group)
2008   DING YI - recent works, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008   Appearance of Crosses from 1989 – 2007, Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2008   The Tale of Silk – A Hermès Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2007   Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
2007   85 New Wave – The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2007   Strategy on Paper – Works on Paper Invitational, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China
2007   The Tale of Silk – A Hermès Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2007   Rejected Collection – More the 40 Chinese Artists / Over 60 Rejected Proposals, Ke Center for Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China
2007   Harmony and Difference – East China Contemporary Sculpture Invitational Exhibition, Art Space of Fine Art College, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
2007   Shanghai Attitude – Invitational, No. 3758 Qixin Rd., Minhang District, Shanghai, China
2006   In the Name of Material, HSS Art Centre, Shanghai, China
2006   Graticule – Ding Yi's Works from 1989 to 2006, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China (solo)
2006   Zhangjiang Art Park Opening Ceremony, Zhangjiang Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006   Art in Motion, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China
2006   Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
2006   Hyper Design. 6th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006   MOCA Envisagel – Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China
2006   Contemporary China, PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2006   The Blossoming of Realism – The Oil Painting of Mainland China Since 1978, Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, China
2006   Works on Paper, Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006   Transform-Artists Created by Their Works, Jing Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005   Ding Yi – Appearance of Crosses, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (solo)
2005   Pictorial DNA Made in China, Galerie Urs Meile. Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
2005   Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg , Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
2005   Alien Illusion, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2005   Shenzhen Art Biennale, OCT Contempory Art Centre, Shenzhen, China
2005   Cina. Prospettive d' arte contemporanea / China: As Seen by Contemporary Chinese Artists, Provincia di Milano, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy
2004   Persona3, China Art Archives & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing, China
2004   Shanghai Modern, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
2004   DIAL 62761232, Callers Location, Shanghai, China
2004   Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art from China, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland
2004   Small Works, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
2004   Crossed Vision, CAAW - China Art Archive & Warehouse, Beijing, China (solo)
2003   Appearance of Crosses, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland (solo)
2003   Chinese Maximalism, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China
2003   New Painting, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
2003   Junction-Chinese Contemporary Architecture of Art, Lianyang Architecture Art Museum, Shanghai
2003   Open Sky, Grand Opening of Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art , Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2003   An Openning Era, NAMOC (National Art Museum of China), Beijing, China
2002   The 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2002   Crossing Cultures, Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria
2002   Ost + West, Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
2002   24:30 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bizart, Shanghai, China
2002   2002 Shanghai Abstract Art Group Show, Liu Haisu Art museum, Shanghai, China
2002   Metaphysics 2002, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2002   Two Abstract artists in Shanghai, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China
2002   Appearance of Crosses, Galerie Waldburger, Berlin (solo)
2001   Take Part II, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
2001   As Long As They Catch Mice..., Munkeruphus, Dronningmolle, Denmark
2001   1st Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
2001   Gallery Opening, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
2001   Take Part I, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
2001   Living in Time, Contemporary Artists from China, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2001   Off Triennial, Zeit Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
2001   Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama, Japan
2001   Towards a New Image. Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Painting, National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
2001   Ornament & Abstraction, Museum Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
2001   Inauguration Exhibition of the New Gallery, China Art Archive & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing, China
2001   Metaphysics 2001, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2000   Looking In / Looking Out, Art Show 2, East Quad Art Gallery, University of Michigan, USA
2000   Fuck off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
2000   Shanghai 2000, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
2000   2000 China - Korea - Japan, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Changning Cultural District Center, Shanghai, China
2000   Ding Yi: Fluorescence on Tartan, CAAW - China Art Archive & Warehouse, Beijing, China (solo)
1999   Not a Chinese Show, GATE Foundation Gallery, Amsterdam (with Hong Hao), Holland (solo)
1999   Last Five Minutes, EastLink Gallery, Shanghai, China
1999   Collecting Exhibition, Modern chinese Art Foundation, Caermersklooster, Belgium
1999   Looking In / Looking Out, Plug in Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1999   Concepts Color and Passions, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China
1999   1999 Open Channels, The First Collecting Exhibition of Dong Yu Museum of Fine Arts,Dong Yu Museum, Shengyang, China
1999   Abstract Art in City, Shanghai Art Academy, Shanghai, China
1998   Every day, 11th Biennale of Sydney, Contemporary Art Museum, Sidney, Australia
1998   Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals, The Art Gallery of the Beijing "Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals", The Art Gallery of the Beijing"Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals", The Art Gallery of the Beijing "Mondrian in China - A Documentary Exhibition with Chinese Originals", The Art Gallery of the Beijing International Art Palace Beijing, Shanghai Library, Guangdong Museum of Art, China
1998   Jiang Nan - From the South of the Yangzi River, Charles H., Scott Gallery Vancouver, Canada
1998   Eight Chinese Artists, Gallery Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
1998   AAA, Angulliara Ad Arte, Roma, Italy
1998   China!, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
1998   Ding Yi: Crosses '89-97, The Art Museum of the Capital Normal University, Beijing, China (solo)
1997   Ding Yi: Crosses '97, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)
1997   In Between Limits - An Aspect of Chinese Contemprary Art, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Klungju, Korea
1997   Chinese Abstraction, Gallery Ursula Krinzing, Vienna, Austria
1997   China!, Artist's House, Vienna, Austria; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; Charlottenburg Exhibition Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
1997   A point of Contact - Korean, Chinese, Japanese Contemporary Art, Taegu Art & Culture Hall, Taegu, Korea
1997   The Collection of Shanghai Art Museum, Inchon New World Art Museum, Inchon, Korea
1997   Works by Shanghai Artists, Art Association Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
1997   New Art from China, Flanders Contemporary Art, Minnesota, USA
1997   The Chinese Roots, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1997   Handover Exhibition, Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
1997   Contemporary Chinese Art, Changning District Cultural Centre, Shanghai, China
1997   Quotation Marks - Chinese Contemporary Paintings, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore
1997   Outburst, Shanghai Art Academy, Shanghai, China
1996   China!, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
1996   Chinese Abstraction, Michael Wardell Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1996   Direct d'Art, Salon International d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France
1996   Shanghai First International Fax Art Exhibition, Hua San Art School, Shanghai, China
1996   The First China Oil Painting Society Exhibition, China Art Museum, Beijing, China
1996   Canton, Shanghai, Beijing, Central Art Academy, Beijing, China
1996   In China Part II, World Trade Center, Bremen, Germany
1996   Shanghai Art Biannual, Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1996   15 x Red, ShanghArt Gallery Shanghai, China (solo)
1995   Ding Yi - Opere su Carte – Paper Works of Ding Yi, La Galleria degli Archi, Comiso, Italy (solo)
1995   Shanghai Abstract Art, ShanghART, Shanghai, China
1995   Change - Chinese Contemporary Art, Konst Museum Goeteborg and the Joenkoeping Laens Museum, Sweden
1995   New Chinese Art: 1990 - 1994, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
1995   Des Pais del Centre - Avantguardes Artistiques Xineses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
1995   In China, Gallery Carol Johnssen, Munich, Germany
1995   New Chinese Art: 1990 – 1994, Art Centre, Chicago, USA
1995   Making Their Mark, Works on Paper, Gallery Melbourne, Meridian, Australia
1995   Aura Aurea, Chlostri Benedettini, Reggio Emilia, Italy
1995   Chinese Contemporary Art, Goethe Institute, Beijing, China
1994   Union-Exhibition of Six Artists Abstract Art Works, Han Art TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China
1994   Ding Yi's Work on Paper, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, Guangzhou, China (solo)
1994   Ding Yi's Abstract Work, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)
1993   China Avant-garde, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art Oxford, UK; Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
1993   La Biennale di Venezia, XLV Espozione Internazionale D'Arte, Italy
1993   Shanghai Modern Art Exhibition, Gallery of Modern Art, Yokohama, Japan
1993   Asia-Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
1993   Mao Goes Pop - China Post '89, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Victoria National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1989   China Avant/Garde, National Gallery, Beijing, China
1988   Exhibition of Today's Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1986   The First Exhibition of Young Shanghai Artists, Shanghai Artist Gallery, China
1986   Inauguration Exhibition of the Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1986   Concave-Convex, Xuhui Cultural Centre, Shanghai, China
1985   Exhibition of Modern Art by Six Artists, Fudan University, Shanghai, China