Zhu Di was born in 1969 in Anhui province, China. After graduating in 1991 from the Beijing Central Academy of Art and Design, he taught drawing and painting at the Hefei University of Technology and Chinese language at the University of Venice. Renowned throughout China as a master contemporary ceramicist, Di’s unique command of the high-fired glazing technique has earned him both domestic and international acclaim. The subject of international solo and group exhibitions, his works have been featured in numerous academic journal and art publications. In 2008 he published The Soul of Venice; Reflections in the Water Captured by a Chinese Artist in conjunction with the Soul of Venice photography exhibition at the Palazzo Vendramin Calergi. The artist currently divides his time between China and Italy.
Zhu Di’s work contemplates the rapport between perception and actuality, working complex arrangements of colored glaze into abstracted porcelain geographies. From his studio in Jingdezhen, the artist utilizes a variety of carefully controlled under glaze techniques. When fired, portions of the surface become crystalline, imbuing the ceramic plain with a delicate luminosity. When balanced with the artist’s contrasting palette of golden earth tones and shadow-like washes, the effect is a harmonizing reconciliation of color and light.
Di’s compositions are informed by a keen art historical awareness. The Chinese centuries-old tradition of forging one’s individual style by drawing individual style by drawing inspiration from the past plays a particular role. The elongated format of the artist’s panels reminisce classical Song landscape paintings of the 11th century, while the ambiguity of form and ample use of negative space finds its roots in the Southern School. Sensitive to the lyricism of the scholar-painter (wenren hua), Di’s distorted topographies create a panorama that is physically inaccessible yet emotionally traversable. The viewer is at once asked to acknowledge the old masters and empathize with the expression of the current hand. The resulting arrangements are powerful, yet balanced, spiritual yet tangible.
2016 Asia Week New York, Arader Gallery, New York, USA
2015 New York Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show, New York, NY, USA
2015 Asian Art in London, London, UK
2015 Masterpiece London, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, UK
2015 PAD Paris Art + Design, Paris, France
2015 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show, New York, NY, USA
2013 East Sheng – Chinese Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Shenzhen
2013 Like Foreign – New Court Porcelain Painting, Shenzhen
2013 Yang Yu Cheng Porcelain, Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics Elite, Yutang Ceramic Arts Center, Beijing
2012 Featured Artist, First Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Art Exhibition, Beijing
2012 Observing the Way, New Academic Painting on Ceramics, Nanchang
2011 8th Biennial of Chinese Contemporary Young Ceramic Artists’ works, Hangzhou
2011 Special Invited Artist, Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition, Ningbo Museum, Ningbo
2009 12th Annual Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Art Exhibition, Individual Award Winner, Hangzhou
2009 The Soul of Venice, Solo Exhibition of Ceramics and Photography, Beijing-Tianjin
2009 The Shanghai Spring Art Salon, Shanghai
2008 11th Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Art Exhibition, Hangzhou
2008 The Soul of Venice Solo Photography Exhibition at Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Venice
2006 Solo Exhibition of ceramics, The Mediterranea Festival, Intercontinentale della Letterature e delle Arti, Rome
2006 Invited Foreign Artist, Venetian Ceramicist’s Exhibition, “Bochaleri in Campo”, Venice