From cross-cultural life experiences, artist Guigen Zha presents conceptual compositions of traditional Chinese art imposed on contemporary elements. He seeks a balance of the harmonic and contradictory in each artwork—a synthesis of different artistic traditions. Guigen's creative passion led him to a fruitful career as an art teacher, animation artist, and graphic designer in Shenzhen and Shanghai. He migrated to the United States and finished his BFA at Missouri State University and his MFA at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Guigen bridges surrealism and postmodern art with still-life objects and their spatial relationships in the digital age. His recurring theme of eastern cultural relics brings honor to his deep connection to his heritage. "My work is a strong emotional expression of candor, belief, and hope," says Guigen. Working from his home studio, Guigen enjoys being in a state of tranquility where he can quietly contemplate. Aside from painting, he spends time writing poetry and bonding with his family—his pillar and strength. Guigen continues to work part-time as a graphic designer and art teacher.
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About The Artist
Healing by Flowers Series
"The pandemic scared me; Isolation caused me mental pain. I paint these beautiful flowers just to heal myself." -- the artist
In the spring of 2018, Guigen visited the St. Louis Art Museum with friends. The Chinese cultural relics and art in the Oriental Art Exhibition Hall impressed him. In the Healing by Flowers Series, Guigen brings to us, cut flowers to symbolize the isolation and yearning of the pandemic era and hope into constraint and loneliness.
University of Missouri, Columbia
Master of Fine Arts, 2018
Missouri State UniversityBachelor of Fine Arts, 2014