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.