Jiang Guofang was born in 1951 in Shangjiang Village, Jiangxi Province. In 1968 during the Cultural Revolution, he joined the army when his parents were sent to labor camps.
His family was later reunited and between 1969-1972 Jiang Guofang began to train himself as an artist. In 1973, after the re-opening of the prestigous Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, he was selected as one of only eight students to enter the Oil Painintg Department. When he graduated with honors in 1978, he was appointed to the facaulty of the Central Acaemy. In 1979, he went on to teach at the Central Institute of Drama.
Being the only Contemporary artist renowned for his lively and astonishing depictions of scenes from Ancient China, Jiang Guofang�s works have been recognized and exhibtied internationally in several Solo shows from Hong Kong to Venice Palace in Rome, as well as numorous group shows. He was also the first Contemporary artist to have a one-man show presented at the Forbidden City, Beijing in 2004.
Speaking about his Forbidden City series, Jiang Guo Fang said, “The path that leads to the entrance of the Qianqinggong Palace always suggests the idea of destiny. As one walks through this doorway, one can imagine the struggles of power and love in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, as well as history and its outcome. What lies ahead for these men, women & children, are the burden of history, infinite uncertainty, and the destiny of the ruling class that has been passed on. The Palace has the depth and mystery of the ocean.”
|National Museum of China, China|
|Venice Palace Museum, Italy|
|The Macau National Museum|
|The Malaysian Royal Collection|
|The Central Academy of Fine Art Institute Museum, China|