i Zhou is a young Chinese artist who has lived in Rome from the age of ten and studied between London and Paris with degrees in Political Science and Economics. She is a polyglot artist who’s just celebrated her 10-year career and whose work has been shown at the Shanghai Biennale, the Venice Biennale and the Sundance Film Festival.
Yi Zhou was named as the first ever artist-ambassador to endorse a beauty brand; Clarins, from 2010 to 2011. Loved by luxury brands for her multi-disciplinary range as an artist, since 2012 she has also started collaborations with brands such as Italian luxury eyewear brand, Persol, for which she directed a much hyped short film and was simultaneously selected to be featured in their print ad campaign. Moreover, she has also completed a new project entitled "Interactive lives" commissioned by Italian luxury brand, Hogan.
Her range and interests have also been shown through her much-acclaimed collaboration with the French couture jewelry house Gripoix; a first successful artist-collection entitled "Pineapple's Secret".
Since 2010 she has relocated back to China and founded her studio and production company in Shanghai, creating job opportunities for young Chinese people to work and experiment together on international projects. An image maker and muse, switching from the front to the back of the camera, Yi Zhou is a modern-day Chinese Hitchcock, Yoko Ono and Cindy Sherman. Currently, Yi Zhou is also Tudou.com’s (Chinese would-be youtube) art-director and serves as art and fashion advisory member at Sina.com (which owns Chinese twitter).
If Yi Zhou's work is not pop, the life she has been embracing reminds of Andy Warhol's philosophy: establishing her work as leading video artist, ranging her works to sculptures, music composition, filmmaking, acting as active promoter of East meets West culture at key leading events such as TEDx and Women's Forum. Like Andy Warhol at his time, her work is also recognized by members of highly diverse social circles such as distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons and young social media audience.
About the idea of being a multimedia artist:
1. The work is about the Construction, deconstruction, disintegration, re-creation, transformation and the reification of simultaneous and parallel worlds.
November 27, 2012
YI ZHOU STUDIO
HongKong: HANART TZ GALLERY
NewYork: RH GALLERY
Shanghai: PEARL LAM GALLERIES
YI ZHOU'S PRODUCTION COMPANY:
art fashion advisor member for
YI ZHOU VENICE BIENNALE EXHIBITION INTRODUCTION TEXT
Achille Bonito Oliva
Yi Zhou embraces the full range of visual and audio experiences available to new media art, she takes on new scientific products, and weaves unabashedly into her work celebrity glamour and cinematic spectacle. We are reminded by Yi that our age is equidistant between Homeric epic and mass media Hollywood, and that we are equally at home with karaoke sentimentality and state-sponsored terror. With the modern alchemy of media technology, the artist can touch any familiar objects with magic, and any present moment can be a moment of adventure.
"French Edges" ,
"FIAC 2011:Cinéphémère" ,
"Pure View: Contemporary Art Exhibition" ,
"1988-2011 Chinese Video Art" ,
Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
"OPEN 13" -International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations
"Currents 2010" Currents Video Exhibition
Giorni Felici: Welcome to the 22nd Century, Fondazione Testori, Milan, Italy
"Chinese Contemporary Art", Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
"Vraoum ! Trésors de la bande dessinée et art contemporain"
"The Big World: Recent Art from China".
Reperti contemporanei confini.
"Avatars" film screening
"Good Morning Babylonia"
Screening short film for La Mer
Quarter relocated Gallery
Musée du Quai Branly
"Biennale d'Art contemporain chinois"
"Le futur des villes"
"Fraicheur de vivre"
"Love me forever and never" in collaboration with the Crazy Horse
"40 Views of an Icon" by Comme des Garçons
"FIAC 2003: Fantasme Fantastique"
Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris,France
"Made in China"
Fondation d'art contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain,France
"40 Views of an Icon" by Comme des Garçons
Hermitage, Moscow, Russia
"Biennale de Tirana 02"
"DVD by Numbers Presentation"
SonyDreamWorld, Paris, France
"Something about love"
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
やがてすべてが 過ぎ去る後も あなただけを思う Time has flown and all things have passed away; but my heart has remained, always missing you. Shintaro Akatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan March 20th – April 22nd, 2012
“Underworlds rising”, RH Gallery, NY, USA March 6th – April 27th, 2012
"Scuplture Labyrinth" ,
"Days Of Yi" , 54th International Art Exhibition
"The Ear Bridge and The Greatness" ,
"I Am Your Simulacrum"
"Hegemony or Survival" ,
Yi Zhou booth by Art Asia / Scope Pavilion at Basel Miami Art Fair. December 1th -4th 2009.
"Around the EarBridge", SuZhou True Color Museum of contemporary art. November 1th 2009 - February 25 th 2010.
"Hear, Earth, Heart"