Ding Yi’s solo exhibitions at, amongst others, Long Museum, Shanghai, in 2015, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris in 2014, and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 2005, have confirmed his position as one of China’s most important abstract artists today. His practice encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture. He works primarily with the symbol ‘+’, and its variant ‘x’, as formal visual signs, having deliberately adopted repetition as a direct expression of freedom from any social or ideological expectations for artistic practice and the turmoil of society. The simplicity of his compositional structure contrasts with Ding Yi’s use of a wide variety of materials and colors, ranging from monochromatic tones to bright fluorescents. These convey the excesses, stimuli, noise and chaos of Shanghai, his birthplace and hometown.
Ding Yi has exhibited extensively at various institutions and galleries, among many others Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Witte de With Centre, Rotterdam, and Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo MAXXI, Rome. Recent solo exhibitions include Long Museum, West Bund, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, Minshen Art Museum, Shanghai, Museo d’Arte Modena di Bologna, Bologna, and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
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