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Zhi Lin

Nanjing, China
Nanjing, China
1978: Hangzhou, China
1987: London, England
1989: Delaware
2001-present: Seattle, Washington
1982: BFA National Academy of Fine Arts, China
1989: MFA Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London
1992: MFA University of Delaware
Selected Works:
Five Capital Punishments in China, 2004. Watercolor and mixed media on canvas and ribbon, five 12 x 7 ft.
Names of the Unremembered: Transcontinental, 2009. 6.5 x 10 ft.
“Zhi Lin.” Koplin Del Rio Gallery. Accessed May 15, 2012.
Farr, Sheila. “Artist Zhi Lin offers a brutal look at 'Five Capital Executions.” The Seattle Times. Jan 2, 2004.
Zhi Lin’s art was shaped by the political strife in China during his training. His works are most notable for their depiction of a history of cruelty and torture that he displays through fictional depictions, though often based on historical events. While studying in London, the violence in Tiananmen Square changed Lin’s entire outlook on the purpose of art. His early approaches explored art for art’s sake. After watching the televised events, Lin made the decision to use his art as a force to fight such human cruelties. Lin has gone on to teach at various universities in the US and China and is currently a professor of art at the University of Washington. A more recent project is closer to home in the US as he addresses the sacrifices of Chinese lives in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Zhi Lin has chosen to use his strength as an artist to fight injustice through his work.
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