Zhou Jinhua

Beijing, China

Born in 1978 in Sichuan Province, Zhou has a degree from the highly regarded Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, one of China’s top art schools and alma mater of many art stars such as Zhang Xiaogang. Exihibiting from 2003, some highlights are solo shows at the Gwangju Art Fair, South Korea (2016); Nou Gallery, TaiPei (2013); Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong (2011); Neuffer Am Park Museum, Germany (2010); several group exhibitions at ART LABOR; Times Art Museum, Beijing (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); “Latitude/Attitude: Twenty years of Schoeni Art Gallery”, Hong Kong (2012); White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney (2010), Yuz Museum Jakarta, Indonesia (2009).

His work is in several important collections including: Guangdong Art Museum, China White Rabbit Collection, (Sydney), Yuz Museum (Indonesia), University of Mannheim (Germany). He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Zhou Jinhua is well known for his signature birds-eye view paintings - employing this interesting perspective from his art college years - and has since been exploring and expanding his artistic practice with this view, forming an immediately recognizable yet ever-changing artistic style. Often with works, the proportion of his subjects - ordinary nameless citizens and quotidian objects and scenery are exaggerated and distorted, contrasting with his realistic and occasionally hyper-realistic depictions of the subject, forming intriguing imagery. Each painting is a micro-society is its own; ripe with symbolism which in turn provokes the story behind each scene.

To explain his intention, he comments, “For me, the seemingly harmonious, peaceful stages of life, form a common backdrop of our human experience, and create the life we live; it is a field of clearly defined objects, as well as a social space of competition and negotiation. The birds-eye perspective denotes a distance between the individual and the masses, blurring the boundary of ordinary scenarios. Thus, the normal logic of life is questioned, and an inkling of absurdity is revealed.”


Wild Flower No.2
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Mountain in Distance
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Moving Mountains
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Wild Grass No.5
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Wild Grass No.4
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Wild Grass No.2
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Rare Rock No.1
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Red Mountain No.1
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Wedding in Early Spring
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Empathetic Naturalism
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Scene Within a Scene
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Meat No.1
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Shangri-la
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Meat No.2
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Wet Paradise
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Splendid Prospects
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Chinese Dream
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Remains of the Day No.20
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Bloom Season
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Remains of the Day No.19
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Remains of the Day No.18
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The Great Wall
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Remains of the Day No.17
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Remains of the Day No.16
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Remains of the Day No.14
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Remains of the Day No.12
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Calm and Clamor
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Long Road
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Remains of the Day No.11
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Remains of the Day No.9
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Remains of the Day No.8
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Remains of the Day No.7
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Grass and Gold No.2
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Remains of the Day No.6
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Remains of the Day No.4
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Remains of the Day No.2
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Autumn
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Fish
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Moving Mountains
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Wild Grass No.8
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Wild Grass No. 3
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Splendid Prospects
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BORN

1978 in Deyang, Sichuan Province, China

EDUCATION

2002
BFA, Oil Painting Department, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, China

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Remains of the Day, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2013
Zhou Jinhua, HKCEC, Hong Kong
Dreamy Reality, Nou Gallery, TaiPei

2011
Desting, Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong
Zhou Jinhua, Neuffer Am Park Museum, Germany
Real Absurdity, TaiPei

2009
The Adjustment of Controversies, Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing
Everything Looks Good, Before It Happens, Konstanz Museum, Germany

2008
Constancy • Inconstancy, Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing

2007
The Observer, Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong

2005
Us , Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Paint the Web Pink, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2017
Ten Years of Love, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2016
Fireflowers, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Another Vision-Research Exhibition on the Visual Language of Oil Painting, Times Art Museum, Beijing

2015
Squares and Circles in May, Lucie Chang Fine Arts & Fringe, Club, Hongkang
Bright Night, Duge courtyard, Beijing

2014
Synaesthesia Talented Young Artists Exhibition, Soka Art Center, Beijing

2013
Excitation Variable- The new narrative spirit painting exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing

2012
World event young artists 2012, Nottingham, UK
Latitude/Attitude: Twenty years of Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2011
Nostalgiaandmet Touring Exhibition, Nangjing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing
Ramble, F2 Gallery, Beijing

2010
China Welcomes you, Oldenburger Stadtmuseum, Germany
Quote out the Context, T Art Center, Beijing

2009
Lovely Blossoms and Full Moon ,Yuz Museum Jakarta, Indonesia

2008
Chinese Fantasies: Found Museum Opening Exhibition, Found Museum, Beijing
Anything is Possible, Chinese artists exhibition, Luxembourg

2007
Your View My Story - Chinese young artists exhibition, Berlin, Germany
Start from Southwest-Southwest Contemporary Art Exhibition 1985-2007, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou
Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong
Bitter Sweet Generation, Chinese young artists exhibition ,Museum of Mannheim, Germany
Look Up, Look Down, Beijing, Gallery Beijing Space, Beijing

2006
Sixth exhibition of new China oil paintings, Denmark Culture Center, Beijing
Shanghai Art Expo Young Artists Exhibition”, Shanghai
Art Beijing, Beijing

2003
First annual national academy excellence oil painting exhibition, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen

IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS

Guangdong Art Museum, China
White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia
Yuz Museum, Indonesia
University of Mannheim, Germany