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Ziui Vance Philadephia, Pennsylvania

Ziui Vance is a Chinese artist based in the United States who creates artworks in both acrylic and oil paint that capture her sensory experiences. Ziui grew up in China in a small secluded town surrounded by water; during this time, she learned to use vision and art as a means of escape and exploration. “As long as my eye can see, my hand can achieve,” she says. Her paintings grant access into her world of fantasy. She begins painting in the quiet of midnight, when her ears and eyes become more attuned to the finer details of her environment. Throughout her portfolio, she works in a range of styles. Her gestural abstracts evoke atmospheric paintings by Mark Rothko, while her colorful figurative work is reminiscent of Chinese contemporary artists Yue Minjun and Zhang Xiaogang. Her current body of work seeks to explore the host-and-guest relationship established when someone views a painting. Ziui has a BA in design from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and an MFA in art from the University of Michigan.

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    About The Artist

    Ziui Vance is a Chinese artist based in the United States who creates artworks in both acrylic and oil paint that capture her sensory experiences. Ziui grew up in China in a small secluded town surrounded by water; during this time, she learned to use vision and art as a means of escape and exploration. “As long as my eye can see, my hand can achieve,” she says. Her paintings grant access into her world of fantasy. She begins painting in the quiet of midnight, when her ears and eyes become more attuned to the finer details of her environment. Throughout her portfolio, she works in a range of styles. Her gestural abstracts evoke atmospheric paintings by Mark Rothko, while her colorful figurative work is reminiscent of Chinese contemporary artists Yue Minjun and Zhang Xiaogang. Her current body of work seeks to explore the host-and-guest relationship established when someone views a painting. Ziui has a BA in design from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and an MFA in art from the University of Michigan.

    Artist Statement

    I often ask myself what it means to embody a sense of belonging in a painting, what it means to gaze into a painting with the sensibilities of hosting a guest. And what it means to direct the encounter between the work I produce and its audience.

    I think deeply about the influence of looking, finding, and the presence of emptiness in creating a sense of accompaniment and inspiring new guests through the actors and their understanding of the setting in a place we can cherish together.

    It is this everydayness of belonging that I believe is instrumental to the nature of my art. It is a tangible, touchable feeling that frames an encounter and captivates as a feeling across multiple sensorial memories. The sight, sound, taste, and smell of a meeting are what I work to connect in the painting, subconsciously, to a sense of commonness as awareness of an existential relationship to an act or space. From these relationships, the works build a certain familiarity for the audience, leaving them with the comforting feeling of belonging.

    Artist Background

    University of Michigan
    Master of Fine Arts, 2013

    Tsinghua University

    Bachelor of Arts, 2007

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