Artists: Michael Zheng

Posted on January 30, 2011

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Enlightenment Guaranteed © Michael Zheng

Enlightenment Guaranteed © Michael Zheng

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www.michaelzheng.org

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San Francisco based artist Michael Zheng was born and grew up in China. He studied computer science at Tsinghua University in China and, after relocating to the Bay Area, worked in Silicon Valley for ten years. Later he left his job to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with Paul Kos, Tony Labat and John Roloff. He also studied with Nari Ward and Patty Chang at Skowhegan. His thinking is heavily influenced by the notion of the “original face” in Zen Buddhism. Using a conceptual approach infused with sincerity, absurdity, and humor, his work often takes the form of situational intervention, performance or sculptural installation in which he explores and critiques on a “system level” how people perceive, how we relate to each other and what is art.

Michael has exhibited his work worldwide. His main exhibitions include:

– Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada

– The 9th Baltic Triennial of International Art, the ICA in London and the CAC in Vilnius, Lithuania

– 55 Days of Chinese Art in Valencia, The Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Spain

– Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Maine, USA

– The Profession, Marina Abramovic Institute, San Francisco

– We Remember the Sun, Walter and McBean Galleries of San Francisco Art Institute

– imPOSSIBLE! San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, USA

– Southern Exposure, San Francisco

– Chirstmas Palm, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany

– Broken Lines, Anna Klinkhammer Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

– Künstfilmtag, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf, Germany

– Vierwände Kunst, Düsseldorf, Germany

– ERNST Museum in Budapest, Hungary

– Multiple Realities, F2 Gallery in Beijing, China

– Reincarnation, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

– Emerge 2006, GenArt, San Francisco

– As the Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu, MISSION 17, San Francisco

– Close Calls, Headland Center for the Arts, San Francisco

– CREAM from the Top, Arts Benicia, USA

– INPORT: International Video-Performance Festival, Tallinn, Estonia.

Artist Residencies

He received artist residencies from the prestigious MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire in 2005 and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2003. In 2005 and 2007 he was nominated for the SECA Award from the San Francisco MOMA. He was acknowledged by the Artadia award in 2007. In 2008, he was nominated for the Bay Area Now 5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His intervention project with the Baltic Triennial was selected as No.2 of the best art shows by the Pravda magazine in Lithuania, 2006.

Public reviews

His work have been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, Yishu, Artweek, Shotgun Review, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Portland Phoenix, Neue Rheinische Zeitung and Rheinische Post in Germany, Lietuvos Zinios and Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania, and the Artists Magazine in Taiwan, among others. His debut solo in San Francisco, As the Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu, won critical acclaim.

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