Yun-Fei Ji

(Beijing, China, 1963 - )

Asia, Chinese

Yun-Fei Ji graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with a BFA in 1982. In 1986, Ji won a fellowship to study at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, graduating with an MFA three years later. Ji has been recognized with a PS1 Contemporary Arts Fellowship in 2003 and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005, among other awards. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum and the British Museum. He moved to New York in 1990 and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Ji is best known for using traditional Chinese watercolor inks and paper and incorporating Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting, which fell out of favor with the rise of social realism during the Cultural Revolution. Even as he mines centuries-old artistic forms, he confronts contemporary issues. More recently, Ji has begun to explore the medium of the artist’s book through collaboration with the master printers and woodblock carvers of the Rongbaozhai publishing house in Beijing, once closely associated with Beijing's old imperial enclave, the Forbidden City.

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