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Shan Weijun: Between Light and Shade

Born Shan Weijun is a contemporary ink painter who has been living in Paris for almost 30 years. He was born in 1962 in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province in China. He studied at the Department of Plastic Arts at Wuxi University of Light Industry in 1983 and graduated in 1987. He left for Paris in 1991 for a further study of Plastic Arts at Université Paris 8. As a Parisian-Chinese artist he established a studio in 2001. His ink works are composed of hundreds of ink dots depicting small corners in French gardens and country side. The subtle and greyish ink colour expresses the beauty of purity and tranquility of nature. The artist paints dot by dot with different shades of Chinese ink to create the image. This is a way for him to practice Zen meditation through a slow, relaxing and deliberate motion. His solo exhibition in Shanghai last year was co-organized by the French Cultural Embassy. He has participated in Grand Palais Paris Contemporary Art Fair and several exhibitions at different institutions of Paris such as Social and Cultural Centre of Georges Brassens Contemporary Art, Pierrefitte and Municipal Library Association of Yerres.

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