Born 1962 in China. Lives & works in Hobart.
Ping has been very active in developing his artistic career with several solo shows as well as curatorial exhibitions here, in China and Europe.
Tasmanian-based Chinese artist Ping Chen was academically
trained in China in the mid-1980s under Professor Zeng Song Ling, a
student of Zao Wou-ki, the French-Chinese Master. In 1997 he
completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the School of
Art, University of Tasmania.
Since his arrival in Australia in 1997, Chen has been very active in developing his artistic career with several solo shows as well as curatorial exhibitions here, in China and in Europe.
He has continued to maintain traditional Chinese cultural values whilst developing concepts from a contemporary western perspective. His methodology is drawn from an exceptional academic understanding of the human form and provides a bridge between the ancient and the contemporary, the rational and the spiritual.
At first glance these paintings may seem abstract; studies of painterly and tonal qualities. However, it is the artist's ambition to create paintings that are unable to be categorised into any particular style: "My work is a complex and inclusive art language. It is neither purely abstract nor purely expressive, whilst being both conceptual and realistic".
Underpinning all of Chen's works are his observations on life and the frailty of the human condition. These are truly global paintings which transcend cultures - akin to the artist's own background.