Huang Qi (黄祺)

Born in Tianjin, after graduating from the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts with Bachelor’s degree in oil painting, Huang Qi completed her master’s degree in Germany at the Essen cCllege of Liberal Arts. It was her experience abroad that motivated Huang Qi to begin critically examining the cultural roots of the art she was making and the energy and feeling within. Although she had never formally studied chinese ink painting, it was at that time that Huang Qi began experimenting with different materials including ink on paper, eager to find the aesthetic and perceptual basis for her own visual taste and customs. Similar to notable expatriate artists Chu Teh-Chun (b. 1920-2014) and Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013), Huang Qi discovered that abstraction was key to expressing the energy and spirit within—the “qi” of ink. Today, Huang Qi works in a variety of artistic media creating textural and evocative abstractions, which source their perceptual vocabulary from ink painting. Huang Qi’s works can be found in the collections of the Women’s Museum, Bonn, Germany, the Essen College of Liberal Arts, Germany, the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, and the Times Museum, Guangzhou.

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