Chinese artist receives Sino-French award

Updated: 2016-03-21 13:28


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Chinese artist receives Sino-French award

Geng Xue (1st from left) and Cai Lei (1st from right) present at the awarding ceremony held at former Sino-French University on March 19, 2016. [Photo provided to]

Geng Xue, one of the three young Chinese artists who stand out among a group of academic peers, has been awarded the Sino-French art honor, China's Young Artist Award, at former Chinese French University in Beijing on Saturday.

"Geng's porcelain installation project originates from her love for traditional Chinese culture. Her works has endowed in Chinese culture a distinctive oriental beauty. It is mysterious, dreamlike and surrealistic," said He Guiyan, curator of the three artists' exhibition on display at Yishu 8 Art Institute.

Unlike the finalists of previous years, who were all students, the three artists chosen this year, Geng Xue, Cai Lei, and Wang Ge – all are already established names in the art circle.

"The three artists' works are a representative of the individualistic characteristics that's typical in artists born in the 80s and 90s and the techniques and media they use for creation are diverse and spontaneous," He said.

Jia Yue, founder of Yi Shu 8 Gallery, said that the award jury is widening its horizon because they want to see more professional and creative pieces. "So we decided not to restrict our range only to students," Jia said.

According to Jia, the three artists will join the artist-in-residence program to create pieces of artworks in Paris, and in return, three French artists will come to China to create theirs.

Yi Shu 8 is a non-profit art organization founded in 2009. The Yi Shu 8 China's Young Artist Award was founded in 2011 with the aim to provide a communicative and cooperative platform for Chinese and French young artists.

The exhibition at Yi Shu 8 will last until April 28.

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