Shi Zhiying has become well known in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas in open ocean water, sand, grass… she deals with objects’ state of existence in her painting practice. Emphasized in her practice is the interchange of appearance with disappearance: the quality and scale of water, rock, containers, the figure of buddhas, beads are described in painterly strokes. However, the shapes are not definite, but formed by independent lines, brushstrokes, and the paints, conveying an immanent rhythmic logic, stablishing a stable and sensational structure in the process of interacting with the visual experience. The artist demonstrates, via her smooth and insightful paintings, the transience of a being’s life, captures the extremely gradual transition that happens in the space between objects, the painting surfaces, and the present experience.


Shi Zhiying (b. 1979, Shanghai, China) received her MFA from the Department of Oil Painting at the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University (SHU). Main solo exhibitions include: Stones II, Leo Gallery, Hong Kong, China (2018); Stones, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2017); SHI ZHIYING, Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA (2017); Dust as Light, White Space, Beijing, China (2014). Main group exhibitions include The Return of Guests: Selection from the PSA Collection, Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, China  (2019);  Relative Distance, Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2018); This moment, Liu Hiasu Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2017); Visual Questions, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China(2017); The 1st Yinchuan Biennale, MoCA Yinchuan, Ningxia, China(2016); New Capital, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China(2016); My Generation – Young Chinese Artists, Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), California, U.S.A (2015); Aura of Poetry, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Shanghai, China (2014). Shi Zhiying currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.