Ji Dachun (1968 Jiangsu Province) is a playful artist who uses grotesque and ironic humor, absurb blends of east and west and a touch of Philip Guston and Cy Twombly to create his paintings, which often have large, wide open spaces. His teddy bear copulating with a pig, and portraits of Marxist leaders in a stretch limousine hint at his wit. He lives and works in Beijing.
Through subversive wit, Ji Dachun addresses the complex relations between Eastern and Western. Usually working in graphite and acrylic wash on canvas, he infuses his paintings with grotesque humor and accident. His subject matter is the happenstance of everyday life reimagined in absurd collisions of form and context, as in the deadpan Mao, Stalin, Lenin, En, Marx (Rolls Royce), 2004, which shows world-Communist figures seated uncomfortably together in a vintage stretch-limo. Other works, such as Turning into a Tree, 2004, are more playfully transformative, combining human anatomy with natural observation. The subdued, self-consuming preciousness of these works expresses Ji Dachun’s irreverent, individualistic aesthetic unique amongst current Chinese art.
1968 - Born in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China
1992 – 1997 Bachelor in Fine Arts, sculpture department, Faculty of Fine Art Alonso Cano of Granada. Spain.
1997 – 2000 Master in European Arts and Cultures. Leicester University (UK) and AVB, Tilburg (NL).
2000 – 2001 De Pont Atelier. De Pont Museum. Tilburg, The Netherlands
2001 – 2003 HISK. Hoger Institute Schone Kunsten. Antwerp, Belgium.
2004 - PhD in Arts. Faculty of Fine Art Alonso Cano of Granada. Spain.
2004 – 2005 MA in Photography. The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, USA.
2009 - Seeing Is NOT Believing, aye gallery, Beijing, China
2007 - Ji Dachun, Base Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, dARTex, Beijing, China Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, Chinese Window, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2006 - Pyo Gallery , Seoul, Korea, Soka Contemporary Space, Beijing, China
2005 - Ji Dachun, Posco Art Museum Seoul Korea
2005 - Plum Blossoms Gallery?CAmerican New York 2005 Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hongkong ,China
2004 - Ji Dachun, Keumsan gallery, Korea. Ji Dachun, Art Beatus, Hong Kong
2001 - Ji Dachun, Soka Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2000 - Ji Dachun, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK and East Link Gallery, Shanghai, China
1999 - Ji Dachun, BASE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010 - Fang Gallery – Grand Opening, Jakarta, Indonesia. Bazaar Art Jakarta 2010 – Indonesian Art Fair, Jakarta
2009 - China’s Revision, Eastation Gallery, Beijing, China
2008 - China’s Revision, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany. Liberation Feet — Contemporary Chinese Drawing, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney,Australia. AURUM L’or dans l’art contemporain, Center PasquArt, Switzerland Case Studies of Artists in Art History and Art Critisism, SZ Art Center, Beijing 798, China. Note of Conception, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing 798, China. China Gold, Muse e Maillol, Paris, France As Animals, Lausanne Art Museum, Switzerland.
2007 - The Power of Universe — Exhibition of Frontier Contemporary Chinese, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China. Absolute Images II, ARARIO Gallery, New York, USA. Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Salzburg Modern Art Museum, Austria. China — Facing Reality at MuMoK, Museum Modern Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria. Ge An Guan Huo, Evangelische Studierendengemeinde (Dietrich – Bonhoeffer – Haus), Kassel, Germany.
2006 - New Interface, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China. The New China, Arario, Beijing, China. Opening exhibition LONGRUN ART Beijing, China. Yum Cha – Contemporary Chinese, Ray Hughes gallery, Sydney, Australia. “Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. ARCO 06, Madrid, Spain. Welcome, Welcome: Art-Beijing-Contemporary, Base gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Art&Issue-China Korea exchange exhibition, Soka contemporary Space, Beijing The Self-made Generation: A Retrospective of New Chinese Painting,Zenda Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
2005 - Exhilaration, Aura Gallery, Shanghai 2005 Cartoon, Beijing, China 2005 Yum Cha-Contemporary Chinese, Ray Hughes Gallery, Australia 2005 Modern art of Beijing, Japan
2004 - Chicago International Art Fair, U.S.A 2004 Democracy Forever, New York, Plum Blossoms Gallery 2004 A New Expression of Asia & Australia, South of Taiwan Art Center, Taiwan
2003 - Chinese Contemporary, Ray Hughes Gallery, Australia 2003 The Reach of Chinese Contemporary Art, Pusan, Korea
2002 - I’ve seen it all Aura gallery, Shanghai, China
2001 - Extra/Ordinary, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, The 1st Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
1998 - Still Life, Beijing, China
1997 - Another Modernism, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
1996 - Attended Reality: Present and Future, Art Garden Int’l Art Museum,Beijing, China
1993 - The 1st China Oil Painting Biennial Exhibition, National Art Museum Beijing, China