b. 1986 Taishan, China.
BFA Cooper Union, 2010
MFA Yale University, 2020
Ye Qin Zhu’s sculptures and paintings read like a map of his body’s passage through space. One can imagine the artist’s chaotic constructions made as though he were an adhesive, tumbling through an inexhaustible landscape of detritus. These densely textured pieces, as well as his digital works and writings, draw on accumulative histories and disjointed narratives and timelines. Through contemplating ever-changing grounds, Zhu’s pieces take on concrete shapes that highlight the fluidity of language and matter. Zhu's art 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 vise versa. Zhu’s work is a meditation on how ideas influence material, how beliefs travel, become embodied and projected, through internalizing and externalizing, from one body to another—the exchange of mood and matter, matter and mood, and mood and matter.
From 2014 to 2016, Zhu and his brother ran an art school called Redwood Art Studio. With an emphasis on exploration and personal growth, the school taught drawing and painting to the kids in the community they grew up in, Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In 2012, Zhu co-created Socotra Studio, a collaborative project exploring material property, ritual, craft, and function. From 2008 to 2012 and 2016 to 2017, Zhu was the Program Coordinator at Art Palestine International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Palestinian art.