BFA  Cooper Union, 2010

MFA  Yale University, 2020

 

Ye Qin Zhu was born in Taishan, China (1986), to farmers who met in the factories of Shenzhen city. His family immigrated to NYC in 1990. He grew up in a house with a village-style vegetable garden in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. These histories propel him. Their currents—manufacture and gardening, belonging and displacement, anarchy and citizenry, spirit and material—are split modes that fold over, burrowing and resurfacing. Through art-making, Zhu is in conversation with their movements.

Drawing from his personal experiences of home-seeking, Zhu finds common ground for solace through image-making and storytelling. His depictions of the spirit shattering and then mending (​Continuations​, 2020) are meditations on how ideas can press onto the body and mind. Zhu insists on bridging the material and  spiritual; his proposition is that matter, in its manipulation, has an alchemical relation to moods or states-of-mind, and vice versa. Zhu's art depicts how beliefs can travel, become embodied or projected, through internalizing and externalizing, from one body to another—the exchange of mood and matter, and matter and mood. Wounds and remedies may travel these routes. From this root relation, Zhu seeks pathways towards personal, ancestral, and social healing.

Based in Brooklyn, NY and New Haven, CT, Zhu is an interdisciplinary artist with a wide ranging practice that encompasses painting, public art, and social practice. This year, Zhu has had a solo exhibition at Moskowitz Bayse Gallery in LA, was in group shows at Harper’s Gallery and James Fuentes in NYC, designed a billboard at Kingsgate Project Space in London, UK, and designed two large-scale public art installations, one in Strafford, NH called A Universe and the other in Governors Island, New York titled CONSTELLATION. Zhu is currently designing and creating the Memorial for Healthcare Workers for Yale–New Haven Hospital and is on the team that spearheaded the New Haven COVID-19 Memorial, working with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, residents, community and organization leaders. At the heart of Zhu’s work is his painting practice. In the studio is where he digs deep to derive his core values, an important one of which is to find healing. From there he bridges the discipline of painting to all the other forms.

Photo credit: Alan S. Chin

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Photo credit: Piotr Shtyk

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Photo credit: Piotr Shtyk

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Photo credit: Alan S. Chin

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Seeker at Pugwash

At Pugwash (photo of me by artist Piotr Styk)

Sculptures of Arhat, 2017, by Ye Qin Zhu. 15 page preview

Please email me to purchase a copy. 52 pages, $10.

A hand-bound zine. 2010

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Heart and Lung and Heart and Lung and....

Watercolor on rice paper. 2016 - 2017. A series of paintings for my book Sculptures of Arhat.
The Eternity of Dragonflies
The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers
Maya and the Mycelial Network
The Stars Are Out and There's a Leopard Between the Fireflies and Mist
Dreaming the Same Dream
Implode Room
FUNGIs
Rapids Wafting, Wading, and Weaving
The Traveling Thoughts of an Organism
Labyrinth of Leaves and Berries
A Universe
Heart and Lung and Heart and Lung and Heart and Lung...
The Cosmos of Seeds
Root Talking Root
All Seeing All Being All Feeling All Changing
Arhat (Luohan)
Becoming Dense and Distinct
Becoming Dense and Distinct

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: spruce, rocks, seeds, twigs, cloth, hot glue, rubber band, watercolor, leaves and flowers.

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Becoming Dense and Distinct
Becoming Dense and Distinct

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: spruce, rocks, seeds, twigs, cloth, hot glue, rubber band, watercolor, leaves and flowers.

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No Gain, No Loss
No Gain, No Loss

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: sunflower, potting soil, beeswax, SONY headphones, pigment.

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No Gain, No Loss
No Gain, No Loss

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: sunflower, potting soil, beeswax, SONY headphones, pigment.

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