Born in 1961 in Xinjiang Province, Qin Feng is a leading international ink artist and one of the foremost representatives of China's avant-garde movement. The German Government invited Qin Feng to Berlin to promote cultural exchange between China and Germany in 1996, Qin later also lived and worked in the United States. Qin was a guest lecturer in Berlin University of the Arts, Germany and Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, he is currently a contemporary art researcher in Harvard University.
Inspired by years spent living in Germany and the States, Qin challenges conventional interpretations of ink painting by deconstructing traditional methods of calligraphy. As an artist and scholar who jointly connects with the Eastern and Western cultures, Qin Feng is a symbolic figure who has revolutionized the traditional Chinese ink painting. His works surpass the open field of civilization and represent the intertwining nature of cultures through merging classy Chinese calligraphic techniques with the romantic philosophy of Western expressionism, it thus forms his artistic language and style. Qin’s works are the results of the integration of diverse cultures and his experience of traveling across the boundaries of civilization for more than 30 years.
“Waiting for Qi Feng” was one of the most significant solo exhibitions of the artist, it was hosted in the former Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore during the Venice Biennale 2016. It’s the first time in history that the former Monastery opened up in entirety and held a solo showcase for a contemporary artist, as Qin’s work and philosophy of art have received high recognition in the European culture.
Qin’s works have been exhibited internationally and collected by major museums and institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum among others.