Lou Zhenggang – 婁正綱(ろうせいこう・ロウセイコウ)

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Lou Zhenggang

Lou Zhenggang was born in Heilongjiang, China in 1966 and learned calligraphy and painting at a young age from her father. Chinese calligraphy circles recognized her as ‘exceptional' in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1986, she moved to Japan and has long been active and conveying Chinese culture in the international art scene. In a period of 30 years she has had 27 solo and three traveling exhibitions in China, Japan, and the United States. Her contemporary Chinese artworks are included in major museums and private collections. Lou Zhenggang is a highly disciplined artist. She constantly seeks innovative calligraphic and painting techniques and highly expressive materials to convey her deeply humanistic and unique aesthetic. This is evident in her works in her different series, including Sun & Moon, Life and Love, Heart, All Nature, and Power of Art. With ink as her medium and love and the imaginary space of ‘the universe’ as her inspiration, Lou Zhenggang creates distinctive contemporary abstract art that forges a bond between notions of contemporary art and traditional Chinese art.

Biography

  • 1987
    Lou Zhenggang solo exhibition, Yaesu Gallery, Tokyo
    1989
    Lou Zhenggang solo exhibition, Tokyo (supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan and Nihon Keizai Shimbun, sponsored by TV Tokyo)
    1990
    Lou Zhenggang solo exhibition, Sogo Department Store seven locations in Japan (Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, Nara, Chiba, Kashiwa, and Yokohama, (supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan and Nihon Keizai Shimbun, sponsored by TV Tokyo)
    1991
    Oriental Melody Lou Zhenggang Calligraphy and Paintings, at six Yamaha Group locations in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Hamamatsu)
    1993
    Lou Zhenggang solo exhibition, United Nations Headquarters, New York (sponsored by UNICEF)
    1993
    Lou Zhenggang solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store Art Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
    1996
    Lou Zhenggang New Works, New York
    1999
    1999 Paris China Festival Day exhibition, 8 Lou Zhenggang ink paintings (sponsored by UNESCO)
    2000
    Lou Zhenggang Works: Life and Love, Ginza Sony Building, Tokyo (sponsored by Fuji TV)
    2002
    Lou Zhenggang exhibition commemorating the 30th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo and Osaka (sponsored by Nihon Keizai Shimbun)
    2003
    Lou Zhenggang Paintings and Calligraphy: Heart, Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo (sponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China)
    2005
    Tanabata solo exhibition, Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo
  • 2007
    Lou Zhenggang’s World: Words of the Heart, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (sponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China)
    2008
    Lou Zhenggang 2008: Path of the Heart, Hong Kong Central Plaza (invitation of the Shinhwa Group and the Organizing Committee for the 40th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Community Chest)
    2012
    Lou Zhenggang solo exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing
    2016
    Lou Zhenggang: All Nature, Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong, and Sultanate of Oman Royal Opera House, Muscat
    2016
    Power of Art group exhibition charity tour for Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction group exhibition with Doug Webb and Takeshi Kitano in Morioka and Sendai (supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan)
    2017
    Power of Art, Mirai Project (project for the future) for Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction group exhibition with Doug Webb and Kitano Takeshi, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe (supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan)
    2018
    Lou Zhenggang: Mimu: Dream of Tomorrow, Ginza Six, Tokyo
    2019
    Ever Evolving Asian Artists Vol. 3, Karuizawa New Art Museum
    2020
    Sun & Moon Series, Lou Zhenggang and Lalique Collaboration (Paris, London, Zurich)
    2020
    The World of Lou Zhenggang: Song and Yuan Painting as Contemporary Art, Whitestone Gallery, Ginza (supported by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan)

Books

  • ○People‘s Fine Arts Publishing House(2019) Life & Love (China) ISBN: 978-7-102-08236-3
  • ○People‘s Fine Arts Publishing House(2016) Chinese Contemporary Art distinguished series (China) ISBN: 978-7-102-07507-5
  • ○People‘s Fine Arts Publishing House(2013) Sun&Moon Lou Zhenggang(China) ISBN: 978-7-102-06576-2
  • ○Lou Zhenggang(2012) Kokoro (China) ISBN: 978-7-108-03989-7
  • ○Lou Zhenggang(2010) Sun&Moon,Kokoro LouZhenggang(China) ISBN: 978-7-04-031330-7
  • ○Lou Zhenggang(2010) Kokoro no Kotoba(China) ISBN: 978-7-5060-3847-8
  • ○Lou Zhenggang(2008) Nokoshitai Kotoba (Japan)ISBN: 978-4-8334-5040-9
  • ○Lou Zhenggang (2008). Kokoro no Sho "Rongo", Kodansha (Japan) ISBN: 978-4-06-215101-6
  • ○Lou Zhenggang (2006). The 70 Mottoes, Sekai Bunka-sha (Japan) ISBN: 4-418-06524-5
  • ○Lou Zhenggang (2006). Kokoro no Kizuna: (Japan) ISBN: 4-7762-0301-4
  • ○Lou Zhenggang (2001). Kokoro (Tokyo) ISBN: 978-4-4180-1517-7