Zhimin Guan

Zhimin Guan 关志民

Professor of Art
Minnesota State University
关志民,生于安徽。1998年美国堪萨斯州立海斯堡大学硕士。1998年任美国明尼苏达州立大学美术教授。自1995年起,作品先后入选美国各地评审展一百多次,在纽约、费城、芝加哥、洛杉矶、华盛顿、明尼阿波利斯的画廊及博物馆展出。获奖25次。作品也曾在北京、上海、杭州、南京、西安、大连及新加坡等地展出。2010荣获明尼苏达州杰出艺术创作基金。作品曾发表于中国及美国画刊/报纸30 余次,并被众多博物馆、美术馆、大学画廊、文化机构及企业私好人收藏。

作为当代写实画家,关志民一直寻求西方传统再现性艺术、表现主义以及试验性艺术的平衡点。并着力结合东方和西方、古代和当代的艺术表达方式。二十年来,他创作了六组作品。早期绘画作品“化石系列”力图揭示当代人在自由和限制、现实和理想、物质欲望和精神追求之间失落迷茫、孤独挣扎的心理状态。“铁板系列”采用废旧的工业铁、铝材料,用写实技术描绘柔嫩细腻、稍纵即逝的晚秋风景,表现了关志民对当代美国社会物质丰富、科技发达却情感淡漠、文化衰败的评价。“神意系列”的观念来自西方宗教和中国自然文化哲学的启示,以挥洒奔放的笔触来表现抽象灵动的山水气韵,试图寻找东西方艺术精神元素材料的切合点。

Born in Anhui, China. Received BFA in painting in China 1984. He earned his MFA in painting and drawing from Fort Hays State University in 1998. Since 1998, he has been a professor of art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Guan has exhibited his art throughout the United States and China in museums and galleries include: China National Art Gallery in Beijing, China Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Hangzhou, Singapore Asian Artist Gallery, The Salmagundi Club, Asian Cultural Center in New York City, CCC/USA, Philadelphia, The Museum Services-Minneapolis Foundation. Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Fraser Gallery in Washington DC; Murphy Hill Gallery in Chicago; Museum of the Southwest in Texas, North Dakota Museum of Art, Rourke Art Museum, and The Plains Art Museum in Fargo. For the past 18 years, Zhimin Guan has had 20 one-man shows and has appeared in more than 200 professional exhibitions and received 25 art awards throughout the US and abroad. He received the 2010 McKnight Fellowship from the Lake Region Art Council with funding from the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. He participated the 2012 Contemporary Chinese Art Invitational residency and exhibition at Blue Roof Gallery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. Guan’s art works and biography were published in many art magazines in China and US. His art works are also in permanent collections of the North Dakota Museum of Art, Plains Art Museum, the Rourke Art Museum, the Microsoft, Singapore Asian Art Gallery, China Pastel Society and DanTang Art Museum in Sichuan province, China.
About his work : As a painter, Zhmin Guan strives to have an equal balance of traditional and experimental, figurative and abstract in his art. In last 18 years he has created six series of paintings which include- Fossil Series (1995-2000); Landscape Series, (1999-2002), American Dreamers Series (2002-2006), Abstract Series, (2006-2007) Landscape on Metal Painting Series (2007-2012) and the Summit Series (2012-2014). Summit Series is the new body of abstract paintings portraying mountains and water, subjects that visualize the opposite roles of Yin and Yang, solid and void, energy and charm. Guan created these paintings with large gestural marks, creating harmonious landscapes through form, color, and shape. His process also allows for chance happenings as his runny painting materials and gesture marks transform each other into a spiritually and physically integrated autonomy.