2004 Wuhan First Art Literature Award
2004 Wuhan First Art Literature Award
1981 2nd National Youth Art Exhibition – 2nd prize
1981 2nd National Youth Art Exhibition – 2nd prize
ZHOU Chunya

Artist Profile

Zhou Chunya was born in Chongqing, Sichuan Province, China in 1955. He is a painter best known for his series of Green Dog paintings. He studied and graduated in 1982 at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, which educated students in creating art that would serve as political propaganda during the Cultural Revolution. During this time, Zhou traveled to Tibet and painted a series depicting nomad life according to the Socialist Realist style. At the same time, Zhou embraced Western techniques of painting, and was inspired by German Expressionism while studying in Kassel, Germany. He graduated from the Experiment Art department of Kassel Academy of Fine Art, Germany in 1988. Eastern and Western influences converge in his Green Dog series, begun in the 1990s, which depicts his German Shepherd painted green.

The dynamic, aggressive brushstrokes recall German Expressionism as well as ancient Chinese calligraphy, while the dog itself is a symbolic self-portrait. In 1999, Zhou began to paint peach blossoms with pink men and women in an embrace, combining the traditional Chinese subject of the peach blossom with a modern and liberal approach to sexuality. Zhou’s series of landscapes feature a more muted palette of dark browns and depict jagged rocks and trees. His Landscape Series No.5 appears almost abstract with brushstrokes reminiscent of ancient Chinese landscapes. A retrospective of 30 years of his work was held at the Shanghai Art Museum in 2010. His work has been exhibited at many international galleries and museums, including the Shanghai Gallery of Art, the National Art Museum in Beijing, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. He currently lives and works in Chengdu, China.


Solo Exhibitions

2010   Flora and Fauna, ARCO Madrid, Spain
2008   Green Dog, Zhou Chunya, Jakarta, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2007   Zhou Chunya, China Today Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
    Blooming Stories Paintings and Sculptures by Zhou Chunya, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2006   New Works by Zhou Chunya, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2002   Zhou Chunya, 3.14 International Art Centre, Norway
    Zhou Chunya, Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento, Trento, Italy
1987   The Works of Zhou Chunya, GDCF, Dusseldorf, Germany

Group Exhibitions

2008   Academic and Un-academic, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
2007   Beyond Icons: Chinese Contemporary Art in Miami, Miami, USA       
    Post Martial Law vs. Post ’89: the Contemporary Art in Taiwan and China, National Taiwan
    Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, China 
2006   Floweriness, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China 
    The Blossoming of Realism - The Oil Painting of Mainland China, China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing; Taipei National Museum, Taipei, China
    Zhou ChunYa, Zeng FanZhi and Ji DaChun, Longrun Art, Beijing, China
    Zhou Chunya - Liu Wei, Gallery Artside, Seoul, Korea
    The Naked Truth, Tang Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2005   Focus on China, WBK Vrije Academie, Hague, the Netherlands
    Chengdu Biennale, New International Exhibition and Convention Center, Chengdu, China
2004   Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art Exhibition from China, Irish Museum  of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
    Exhibition of Nominate for Art Documentation, the Art Gallery of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China
    New Works by Liu Wei, Zheng Zaidong, Zhou Chunya, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai,China 
2003   Alors, La Chine, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France 
    New Painting 2003, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
2002   The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
    The Image of Concept , Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
    The First Triennial of Chinese Arts, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2001   5 Chinese Avant-garde Artists, Gallery Artside, Seoul, Korea
2000   Chinese Oil Painting in 20th Century, China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1998   East Meets East in the West, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1997   Quotation Marks: Chinese Contemporary Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
    Red and Grey: Eight Avant-garde Chinese Artists Exhibition, SooBin Art Gallery, Singapore
    China!,Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany, Touring Show in Germany, Austria, Poland, Denmark 
1996   The First Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China 
1994   The Annual Exhibition of Works of the Artists Nominated by Art Critics, China National
    Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1993   Chinese Art in 90's - Chinese Experience, Sichuan Art Museum, Chengdu, China
    China's New Art, Post ’89, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China
1992   The First Guangzhou Biennale of Art in the 90’s, Exhibition Hall of the Center Hotel,Guangzhou, China 
1984   The 6th National Art Exhibition, Guangzhou, China 
1981   The 2nd China Young Artists Work Show, China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing,China 
[ZCY001] - ALIVE
scuplture:熱固性環氣化物聚合物亮面漆 cabinet:亮面漆木
sculpture: each 14x5x8 cm (total 30), cabinet: 130x55x81.5 cm
[ZCY002] - Green Dog (8/8)
painted stainless steel sculpture
116 x 46 x 95 cm
[ZCY003] - 花
油彩 畫布
73 × 60 cm
[ZCY004] - Buoyant Smiles
oil on canvas
149.3 x 200 cm