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Ding Yi 丁乙

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Born in Shanghai in 1962, Ding Yi is one of China’s most highly regarded abstract artists. Inspired by social change and influenced by China’s accelerated development, his work is reflective of both classical Chinese calligraphy and the ever-changing digital age. He graduated from Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute in 1983 and graduated from Shanghai University with a B.F.A. After graduating, Ding Yi was among the first Chinese artists from the mainland chosen for the Venice Biennale in 1993. Out of 14 Chinese artists, he was the only abstract artist. While Ding Yi’s work is abstract, his practice is both meticulous and repetitive. Through geometric positioning of the cross pattern, Ding Yi has maintained a single motif for nearly three decades. His work is easily identifiable by its use of horizontal and vertical layering, creating a sense of pictorial depth. More recently, Ding Yi has used a darker and more minimal colour palette. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include What's Left to Appear at the Long Museum in Shanghai (2015), Ivory Black at ShanghART in Singapore (2015) and Scintillement at Karsten Greve Gallery in Paris (2014). He currently lives in Shanghai.