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Born in Rizhao, Shandong Province China, Zhen Guo graduated from Shandong Art School Fine Arts Department in 1976. She attended the China Academy of Fine Arts and graduated from the Painting Department in 1982, staying on as a teacher. In 1986 she came to the United States, studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1987 Guo was a guest artist at York University Art Institute in Toronto Canada, coming to New York to open the Guo Zhen Studio in 1988. Zhen Guo is a female ink artist active in the international art world, and an Asian American contemporary female ink art pioneer.

Her art embraces the abstract and conceptual, utilizing techniques from painting to sculpture and installation, expressing the interaction of society and the environment with individuals, and especially the place of women. Zhen Guo has held many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States, China, Korea and Taiwan has received numerous awards. She is a member of North American Artists Association, the American Professional Artists Association, the Chinese Artists Association and she has been a visiting lecturer at colleges and art schools in America and China. Her work is known to art-loving people and serious collectors worldwide. Zhen Guo lives and creates her artworks in New York City.

How Far, 2016 Mixed Media 11 x 14.5 x 5.5 inches

What Is On The Cell, 2016 Mixed Media 11 x 14.5 x 5.25 inches

Zhen Guo’s art was nurtured in the crucible of China’s Cultural Revolution, and after the eleven years of repression, she was one of a few whose talent burst out, creating an art distinctly Chinese while absorbing influences and experimentations from the West.

Zhen’s art comprises her romantic vision of the world, but it is a world where love is beset by anxiety and doubt. Love is her root emotion, more real to her than flesh and blood, but no matter how strong her feeling, there is little to give her comfort and security. Women, especially, are beset by uncertainty, fear and violence. Our lives, even if long, lead us to old age disease and death. So, too, love is impermanent and can change or vanish in a moment. Zhen Guo expresses that intersection of powerful, life-yielding love and the ambiguity and terror that are in the background of our lives even in the best of times.

Resemblance, 2019

Stainless Steel and Brass

12 x 17 x 7 inches

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