Xin Ji


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Almine Rech is pleased to present Xin Ji's first solo show with the gallery,
on view from January 7 to February 4, 2023.

Born in Nantong, Jiangsu Province in 1988, Xin Ji received the BA and MA degrees in the oil painting department from the China Academy of Art in 2010 and 2013, and studied in Paris as a visiting artist via an exchange project of CAA in 2012. Xin Ji's exploration is making steady progress, retracing the intersection of different narratives from the Eastern and Western classical aesthetics, gradually awakening the contemporary sensibility outlined by his perspective. In his work, traditional Eastern modeling methods and Western oil painting techniques are intertwined, presenting an examination of the forms and realms of Song dynasty painting, as well as a glimpse of his research into Renaissance iconography and the glazing of light and shadow. This ambiance in his work is not based on the response to a specific history or context, but on an understanding of the world and how to embed oneself in the surroundings. Xin Ji portrays the homogeneous representations of complex emotions shared by the collective that can travel through time, examining the hustle and bustle in the void, demonstrating a grasp of the seemingly innocent but subtle atmosphere of his works.

A full press release by Marie Maertens, writer and critic, will follow.