Untitled (1230), 2012-2020,
Chen Ruo Bing
Untitled (1230), 2012-2020,
Acrylic on canvas, 180x180 cm
From the artist.
Chen Ruo Bing is represented by major galleries in China, Japan, Korea, Germany and the Netherlands these countries, among which a recent exhibition in the Bochum Museum. Work is collected in public collections in China Art Museum, Shanghai / Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan / Times Art Museum, Beijing / China Academy of Art, Hangzhou / Kunstmuseum Bochum / Foundation Museum Insel Hombroich, Neuss / Foundation Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf / me Collector's room / Collection Olbricht, Berlin / Landesvertretung Hamburg beim Bund, Berlin / St. Georg Hattingen / Collection Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Waldenbuch / Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Stuttgart / Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju-City / Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont / Sagacity Art Foundation, Hongkong.
Chen Ruo Bing, 1970
Born into a family of scholars and artists, Chen Ruo Bing grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. He was interested in Chinese ink wash painting, calligraphy, philosophy, and poetry. From 1988 to 1991 he was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. Focusing on black and white landscape painting, he explored the categories of space and time, especially the static time in Chinese art, but also the dynamic time in the Western world.
Because of his great interest in Western philosophy and art theory he went to Germany. From 1992 to 1998 he studied painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he was a student of Gotthard Graubner.(see Kuno Gonschior). Graubner continued teaching him "black and white" painting until he found the need and relevant use of color himself.
Chen Ruo Bing’s theme is the void. «In the emptiness of the image lies the source of its meaning.» serves him as a motto. Seemingly simple forms and colors create a space that is endless, stretches beyond the borders of time and existence. Chen’s work is the end result of years and years of careful study and painstakingly reducing associations with instant messages or any readily available pictural vocabulary. His work is truly a fusion of timeless esthetics and handwriting, essential to Chinese traditions in art, with the Western search for pure form and expression, as is shown in the theories of Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky, or artists like Josef Albers, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. While working, Chen Ruo Bing is highly focused and concentrated on the shape, color and raw canvas. The painting is not easily finished as is clear in the long period Chen worked on the painting that is now shown at the Pan exhibition. Between 2012 and 2020 he worked and reworked the painting until Chen was satisfied with the result. Time, space and existence brought together in this powerful but unobtrusive painting.
ASAP Gallery/ Chabot Fine Art