Emergence - A Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition
Zhang has a BA from the Oil Painting Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and an MFA from the expressive painting studio of the Capital Normal University Academy of Fine Arts. He is a member of the Chinese Artists' Association. His work is included in many private and public collections including the China Oil Painting Society, Beijing Art Academy, Peking University, MOCA Beijing and City of Ordos.
In 2018 A Kind Of Memory Solo Exhibition of Zhang Cunhua” was held in ArtDepot. He attended “Earth, Creativity and Sustainability”, the 11th Florence International Contemporary Art Biennale, Florence in 2017 and he was the first prize winner of “Lorenzo Award” in Painting category. His artwork has been represented in “Beijing Image” in National Art Museum of China since 2014.
His work is included in several group exhibitions including “Young Artist Residency Project”, Commune by the Great Wall, Beijing (2016); “Image World and Colorful China”, Italy Benetton Arts foundation, Venice (2018).
In the torrent where information and thoughts change in an instant, my instinct prefers “going back” to let my thoughts reflect on current issues. In my paintings, such as “Book”, “One kind of Memory”, “The Corner Forgotten”, “Box”, “Accordion”, etc., some scenes and tools closely relate to my growth, my reading and life’s experiences. For me, those familiar and friendly items are of great personal value. They trigger my reflections on past intellectuals and literati.
The distance between the era when they lived and ours cannot be bridged, so a sense of loneliness always haunts me. I feel like an outsider in this era and sometimes I feel like “going back” to that era.