Ping Zheng (B. 1989, China) works and lives in Brooklyn. In 2014, She received her B.F.A from University College of London (London, UK), and in 2016, her M.F.A in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI). She was awarded the 1st place in painting at Western Colorado Contemporary Center. In 2016, she did residencies at Vermont Studio Centre (VT), The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences (GA) and Arthub Artist Residency Program (AZ). She participated in a number of group exhibitions, including “RISD 2016 MFA Painting” at Nancy Margolis Gallery (New York, NY), “The Alternative Facts Exhibition” at The Road Gallery (New York, NY), and “Half Master” at Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). The upcoming two-person exhibition, SUMMER 2017 will be her second group exhibition at Nancy Margolis Gallery. She has been featured in Artvoices Magazine, SinoVision English Channel, BBC UK China News and London Evening Standard.
Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, SUMMER 2017, opening June 29 through July 29, 2017 will introduce two artists, Drea Cofield, and Ping Zheng who will exhibit their small works on paper; Cofield, watercolors, and Zheng, oil stick paintings.
Ping Zheng, born in China, grew up in a traditional Chinese family where being female was synonymous with inferior status. This left her with a low opinion of herself as a woman and a human being. Ping and family lived in many geographic regions with beautiful contrasting landscapes. The outdoors became a solitary playground where she could be herself, fire up her imagination without fear of bringing on the disparagement she faced at home. Today nature is woven into her art and life, remaining central to both.
New worlds opened for Ping when attending western colleges in London, and the United States. Exposed to new ideas of personal freedom, and gender equality she began to absorb these ideas and transfer them to her practice.
The paintings in this exhibition draw on her personal history, past memory, metaphors for all that energized her from within. Transferring powerful feelings into shapes, intense color, remembered landscapes, makes these small paintings strong eloquent soliloquies. Ping’s art is about herself, it is an assertion of the present, a rejection of the past, and a straddling of a line between abstraction and figuration.
SUMMER 2017 (June 29 – July 29)