Taipei, China b.1953
Born in Taipei in 1953, Zheng Zaidong currently lives in Shanghai. For more than thirty years, Zheng Zaidong has been creating exceptional oil and acrylic paintings with a nod to the motifs and styles in the literati painting in pre-modern China. A self-taught artist, Zheng’s practice freely navigates through the traditions of both Chinese and Western art by engaging with a series of divergent and sometimes even contradictory concepts and styles—including Modern and historical, imaginary and real, collective and personal, and sensual and innocent. His works are closely tied to notions of dislocation and periphery stemming from his cross-cultural ties to Shanghai, where he currently lives and works, New York City, where he spent a considerable amount of time in his youth, and Taipei, where he was born. Zheng is widely acclaimed for his free-style landscape paintings in vivid colors, exploring the artist’s inner quest for an ideal place to reside and ruminate, and ways in which all these conflicting ideas and beliefs could reconcile with each other. Elegant, ethereal and with a touch of playfulness, his works offer the contemporary viewers a spiritual home to dwell in, wander around, and to enjoy a temporary shelter from this boisterous and complicated modern world.
Zheng Zaidong has had extensive international solo exhibitions and projects including The City Wanderer, Jewelvary, Shanghai, 2016; Mountains, Water, Moon, Matthew Liu Fine Arts, Shanghai, 2015; Refulgence of Solitude, Long Museum, Shanghai, 2014; My mind in unsullied languor: revisiting then and there, ARTMIA Foundation, Beijing, 2013; Ranging in France—Zheng Zaidong’s solo exhibition, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, 2007; Moon and Shadow Cheer Me through, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, 2006; Ink Paintings by Zheng Zaidong, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, 2005; Verdant Hill Semi-veiled, Lin and Keng Gallery, Taipei, 2003. His works have also been featured in notable group exhibitions including Interpretation Traditional—Contemporary Paintings Four Artists Exhibition, Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012; Time Games: Contemporary Appropriations of the Past, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2012; Mountain and Running Water, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, 2004; Zheng Zaidong, Zhou Chunya, Liu Wei Group Show, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, 2004; Paris/Peking, Pierre Cardin Art Center, Paris, 2002; Towards a New Image—Twenty years of Contemporary Chinese Painting, National Art Museum, Beijing, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, Sichuan Art Museum, Chengdu, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, 2001. The artist currently lives and works in Shanghai.