Stride Arts Solo Exhibition:

The Infusion of Ink & Clay

Xiangdong Chen is widely recognized as one of the first contemporary artists to master the combination of ink and porcelain. Chen has painstakingly developed a process that begins with a careful selection of clay and continues through the firing process to produce a body of work that simultaneously reveals a novel combination of media and references ancient techniques. He has mastered the delicate dance between these two unwieldy media and strikes a balance between the elements he can control and what he leaves to chance during the firing process. 


Chen’s series of ink paintings also depict symbols of traditional Chinese ink painting through more recent concepts. Ranging from small works on paper to large scale, multi-panel pieces, Chen paints lotus flowers and other natural elements, such as mountains or rocks, to express his internal meditations just as ancient Chinese artists would paint imagined scenes of nature to reflect convey emotion and poetic musings. When describing Free Will - At One’s Wish (2018), Chen notes: “This ink mountain is not a particular place or mountain, it is a mountain in my heart. The mountain has a special meaning to me. It represents masculine and feminine, power and beauty.” Chen employs dots throughout as symbols of Yin and Yang forces that pervade Eastern philosophies and can be likened to the pointillist technique employed 19th-century Impressionist painters. Chen expresses his unique style through both bodies of work, which elegantly cite the icons of traditional China, bringing deeply rooted symbols of Eastern cultures into a distinctly contemporary context.

Artist Bio


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Xiangdong Chen was born in Nantong, China in 1963, where he attended Nantong University - School of Fine Arts. After graduating from Nantong University in 1987, Chen moved on to continue his studies at the Print Program of Nanjing Academy, completing his program in 1991. From 1989 to today, Chen has continued to refine his practice, making him one of the most prominent international Chinese print artists of our century. He is currently based in New York, NY.


Chen is a member of the China Artists Association, the China Association of Print Artists, and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA). His work can be found in numerous collections, including the National Art Museum of China, Jiangsu Museum of Art, Amerasia Bank, United Nations, Si Chuan Divine Printmaking Museum and Taiwan Tainan Museum, Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Nanjing Arts Institute.

Selected Exhibitions


1989          The 7th National Fine Arts Exhibition, Beijing, China.
1990          The 10th National Printmaking Exhibition, Hangzhou, China

1991          The 5th Taiwan International Biennial Prints Exhibition, Taipei.

1992          The 11th National Printmaking Exhibition, Yinchuan, China

1993          Jiangsu Provincial Prints Exhibition (winner of Award of Excellence, Nanjing, China

1994          The 8th Chinese National Fine Arts Exhibition, Beijing, China
1995          The 6th Chinese National Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, Beijing , China

1996         The 13th National Printmaking Exhibition, Nanjing, China

1997         Jiangsu Provincial Prints Exhibition (winner of Excellence Award), Nanjing, China

2000         2K International Prints Exhibition, Taiwan
2001         The 4th GASASA Exhibition of Crack Modern Fine Arts, GASASA Museum of Art,

2002         Sino-Japanese Modern Art Exhibition, ASGO Museum of Art, Japan

2003         Exhibition of Chinese Modern Graphic Art, St. John’s University New York, U.SA.
2004         Taiwan International Mini Prints Invitational Exhibition, Taiwan Normal University Art Museum, Taipei
2005         Qidong Prints Exhibition in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Qibong Prints  Institue--China’s first institute of graphic art

2013         Riverside Landscape---A Century of Nantong in Images and Ink, an art exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2014         Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Fifth United Nations Chinese Language Da

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