Cui Jie (b. 1983 in Shanghai, China) lives and works in Beijing, her painting practice incorporates an expressionist take on contemporary China and the country’s urbanism and personal aesthetics. Inspired by Orson Welles’ multi-perspective, she applies various layers of images – some realistic, some imaginary – on her canvases. Each layer is meticulously executed to represent the transformation of China’s urban-scape.
Painted with calculated and deadpan brushwork and a warm and affective palette, Cui’s landscapes and interiors make comparative studies of cities as distinctive models or laboratories of China’s open-and-reform attitude. This is depicted as a personal history that is informed by the aesthetic madness in one time and place: ranging from the architectural confusion of Bauhaus, to Chinese propaganda, and Soviet communist aesthetics. In essence, Cui Jie’s painting is a time capsule that re-imagines the past and the present.
Cui Jie graduated from China Academy of Art. Her works have been included in exhibitions, including MY GENERATION: YOUNG CHINESE ARTISTS, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, U.S.A (both 2014); 1st CAFA FUTURE: Sub-Phenomena (curated by Xu Bing and Alexandra Munroe), CAFA Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2012); Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012); [4th Prague Biennial], Czech Republic (2009), Poetic Realism: An Reinterretation of Jiangnan – Contemporary Art From South China, Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Madrid (2008); Notes of Conception, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2008).