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BIOGRAPHY

Deeply rooted in the history of lacquer art in China, Weng Jijun continues to explore and innovate while persisting the tradition. Weng uses wood panel and lacquer as his basic materials for painting, and various sophisticated lacquer-making techniques as his expressions. The subjects and themes evolved from the early still life and Buddhists to the abstract visual representations of lacquer, the material itself. In addition to lacquer paintings, the artist also makes sculptures with bodiless lacquer techniques. His main series including ‘Red’ series, ‘Landscape’ series, ‘Buddha’ series, as well as recent ‘Memory’ series, ’Gathering’ series, and ‘Angle’ series, etc.

Weng Jijun (b. 1955, Shanghai, China) graduated from Jiangxi Normal University College of Fine Arts in 1981 and from the Mural Paintings department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. Later he began his teaching career at Shanghai Art & Design Academy. He is recognized as a member of China Artists Association, China Professional Lacquer Steering Committee, and vice director of Working Committee of Lacquer Painting, Shanghai Artists Association.

Weng Jijun’s work has won numerous awards in China including:

“Shenroujian” Art Fund Prize of the 9th Shanghai Art Exhibition (2017);
“Shenroujian” Art Fund Prize of the 8th Shanghai Art Exhibition (2015);
Recognition Award of the 3rd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition (2012);
Recognition Award of the 3rd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition (2012);
Recognition Award of the 2nd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition (2007)

Weng’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including:

 “Urban Colors in the Shanghai School of Lacquer Art - Weng Jijun's Lacquer Art”, Shanghai Urban Planning Center, Shanghai (2018);
“The Enduring Practices of Lacquer”, Galerie Dumonteil Shanghai (2018)
“He”, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China (2015);
“Buddha’s head”, Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong, China (2007);
“Weng Jijun’s Solo Show”, Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong, China (2001), etc.

The artist also participated in national exhibitions including:
 “CINA TECHNE”, the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); 
the 9th Shanghai Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China (2017);
“Chinese Lacquer Art”, Cross-strait Lacquer Art at National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2014);
The 2nd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2007)

His work has been collected by major art institutions in China such as Guangzhou Museum of Art, Fujian Museum of Art, Chinese Olympic Committee, Expo Shanghai China, etc.. His publications include “Weng Jijun”, 2nd column of Shanghai Artists Work Collection (2005); “Splendidness - Lacquer Art”, Shanghai Scientific and Technological Education Publishing House (2006). 

CURRICULUM VITAE

1955 born in Shanghai, China
1981 School of Arts, Jiangxi Normal University
1996 Master of Mural Arts, Central Academy of Fine Arts

Director of Lacquer Painting Committee of Shanghai Artists Association
Professor of Shanghai Art & Design Academy
Member of the Expert Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Shanghai

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
Constellation, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China

2019
Collision, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
The Journey of Lacquer, Enamel Hall, Shanghai Centre Building, Shanghai, China

2018
Tea Smelling – Lacquer Appreciation - Weng Jijun's Lacquer Art, 798 Art zone, Beijing, China
Urban Colors in the Shanghai School of Lacquer Art - Weng Jijun's Lacquer Art, Shanghai Urban Planning Center, Shanghai, China
The Enduring Practices of Lacquer, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China

2015
He, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China

2007
Buddha’s head, Gallery On Old Bailey, Hongkong, China

2001
Gallery On Old Bailey, Hong Kong, China 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
VOYAGE DE SAVOIR-FAIRE, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Start From the Lacquer: The Expression of Contemporary Forms and Concepts, TCCA, Xiamen, China

2019
Collision, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
CINA TECHNE, the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice

2018
The Enduring Practices of Lacquer, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China

2017
9th Shanghai Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China
Ingenious - Shanghai International Handicraft Exhibition, Shanghai, China

2016
Fuzhou International Lacquer Art Biennale, Fuzhou, China          
Nomination Exhibition of lacquer painting of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China

2015
8th Shanghai Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China

2014
Chinese Lacquer Art, Cross-strait Lacquer Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
The Spirit of Ancient China - 12th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Fuzhou, China

2012
3rd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition, Art Museum of Nanjing Fine Art Academy, China

2010
National Exhibition of Fine Arts of EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China

2009
11th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Fujian Art Museum, Fuzhou, China

2007
2nd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2004
10th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China

1994
8th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1989
7th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2014 Fujian Art Museum (Cross-strait Lacquer Art Exhibition)
2012 Organizing committee of 3rd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition
2007 Guangzhou Museum of Art (2nd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition) 

AWARDS

2017 “Shenroujian” Art Fund Prize (9th Shanghai Art Exhibition)
2015 “Shenroujian” Art Fund Prize (8th Shanghai Art Exhibition)
2010 Recognition Award (National Exhibition of Fine Arts of EXPO 2010)
2007 Recognition Award (2nd National Lacquer Painting Work Exhibition) 

THESIS

2015 Research on the Application of Modern Lacquer Art in the Environmental Design
The Return of Chinese Lacquer – The Daily Use of Lacquer and its Spiritual Value
Research on the Apprenticeship of Art and Design in the Contemporary Era
2014 Innovation and Adhere in Modern Handicrafts from Lacquer Design Perspective
2005 Thoughts on Modern Lacquer Painting Creation
2004 The charm of Lacquer and Painting - Discussion on the creation of Modern Lacquer Painting
1996 The Language and Practice of Lacquer Painting 

PUBLICATIONS

2011 Design and Production of Lacquer, China Light Industry Press
2006 Splendidness - Lacquer Art, Shanghai Scientific and Technological Education Publishing House 

CATALOGUE

2007 Weng Jijun, 2nd column of Shanghai Artists Work Collection

COLUMN

2013 The Innovation and Tradition of Arts and Crafts
Wengjijun’s Splendid Life of Lacquer Art, published in special column of Xinmin Evening News
2012 The Art of Lacquer – Fine Material and Ingenious Craft, Special Series of Chinese Handcrafts – Lacquer Art 

EXHIBITIONS

2021.07.11 – 2021.09.11
DUMONTEIL Shanghai
2019.09.14 – 2019.10.12
Paris, France
2018.09.01 – 2018.10.28
Shanghai, China

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