Zha's paintings are rooted in his cross-cultural life experience, superimposing Eastern subject matter and aesthetics with Western techniques and conceptual approach. Zha brings to us, cut flowers symbolize the isolation and yearning of the pandemic era and hope into constraint and loneliness.
Guigen Zha was born in Nanjing, China, and spent his early artistic career working as an art instructor, animation background artist, and graphic designer in Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. He came to the United States in 2011 and completed his MFA at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018.
Zha’s paintings have been selected for many exhibitions and awards, for example, the Second Asian Art Biennial in Hong Kong; Harmony: Contemporary Chinese Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and in Beijing of China Oil Painting Institute Art Museum; Dynamics: Chinese Contemporary Oil Painting Research Exhibition in Kunstraum Villa Friede, Bonn, Germany; Winner of the 50th, 54th Creative Quarterly International Art Competition in New York; and the Zhou B Spirit Award at the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 in Chicago.
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