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Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present their first exhibition of works by Wang Yan Cheng. This exhibition of new work, featuring 20 paintings, is the artist’s first solo presentation in the United States. Wang Yan Cheng’s dynamic abstract canvases merge his training in Chinese painting with the evocative brushstrokes that he gleaned from his study of Western art. Since his early training as a representational artist, Wang Yan Cheng has developed a deep understanding of painting in terms of structure, color and technique. In recent years he has frequently gone beyond the “abstract.” He hopes to merge Eastern and Western aesthetic development, to guide people away from traditional concepts, and to feel the artist’s love for creation.
Wang Yan Cheng was born in 1960. He completed his academic art education in China and graduated from Shandong University of Arts and also from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 1989 he traveled to France and studied at Jean Monnet University (Saint-Étienne), where he broadened and expanded his creative vision of art. Wang Yan Cheng found a profound affinity between the expressionism and lyrical abstraction of 20th-century Western art and the techniques of traditional Chinese painting. He uses abstraction to bridge Taoist philosophy and analytic thought; the contrast of color in his paintings expresses the harmony of yin and yang. His painting’s majestic momentum comes through the shapes and colors; as an atmospheric flow that comes from the soul, each composition follows traditional Chinese cosmology to explore the mysterious driving force of the origin of the universe.