Pang Maokun was born in Chongqing in 1963, where he is still living and working. He studied Oil Painting at The Sichuan Fine Arts Academy and received his Master’s degree in 1988.  He took part in Chinese exhibitions very soon and has subsequently extensively shown abroad. He became well known since 2018 also in Italy, thanks to his solo exhibition “Attualità del passato” in Florence, where he presented masterpieces from the past, reproduced with the addition of ironic elements, new characters in the setting and a number of self-portraits.

Pang Maokun has been considered one of the Chinese artists of the so-called “rural” movement who better represented the ethnic minorities of his country. For many years he intensely concentrated his research on classic oil painting techniques, applied in a contemporary context, and gradually turned to other subjects as well, never betraying his flawless skill and his  unmistakable style. His drawings combine features belonging to past and present, as well as to eastern and western world.

He is holding several prestigious positions among which President of the Sichuan Fine Arts Academy and of the Chonqin Painting Academy, Director of the Chonqin Museum of Art.

His works can be found in private and public international collections.

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TEXTS

Folded Portraits

by Huang Du
4/25/2017
 
 

EXHIBITIONS

1984

"Sixth National Fine Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

Sixth National Fine Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

1987

"First China Oil Painting Exhibition", Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

"Chinese Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition", Hefner Gallery, New York, USA

1988

"Southwestern Modern Art Exhibition", Sichuan Provincial Museum of Art, Chengdu, China

1990

"Pang Maokun Oil Painting Exhibition", Kowloon Club, Hong Kong, China

1991

"91 Annual China Oil Painting Exhibition", China Oil Painting Gallery, Beijing, China

1992

"First Annual China Oil Painting Exhibition" Hong Kong Cultural Center, China

"Pang Maokun Painting Exhibition", Yanhuang Art Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1994

"Second China Oil Painting Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing

"Eighth National Fine Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1995

Stay as Visiting Scholar at the Amsterdam Arts Academy, The Netherlands

"Modern Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition", Japan-China Friendship Center, Tokyo, Japan

1996

"First China Oil Painting Society Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing

"From Avant-Garde Art to our Lives", Museum of the St. Petersburg Art Association, St. Petersburg, Russia

1997

"Urban Character 1997", Artist Combination Exhibition, Museum of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China

"China Youth Portrait", Art Centennial Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"Into the New Century – China Youth Oil Painting Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"China Art Exhibition – Historical and Thematic Creations Exhibition", National History Museum of China, Beijing, China

"China Art Exhibition – Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition", Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

"Breathing in the Void", Museum of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China

1998

"98 Asia – Pacific Contemporary Art Exhibition", Fuzhou Provincial Exhibition Hall, Fuzhou, China

"Classical and Modern Impressions", Shan Art Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1999

"Exhibition of Chinese Small-scale Oil Paintings", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"Ninth National Fine Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2000

"Gate of the Century: 1997 - 1999", Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Chengdu Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China

"Autumn Academic Invitational Exhibition", Chengdu Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China

2001

“Research and Transcendence – Exhibition of Small-Scale Chinese Oil Paintings”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"Chong Qing Chilis Pepper Art Invitational Exhibition", KulturBahnhof, Kassel, Germany

"Sichuan Story: Post-Political", Bloxham Gallery, London, United Kingdom

"Art Age – First Jingwen Art Exhibition", Jingwen Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

2002

"First China Art Triennial", Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

"Sino-Korea Artistic Exchange Exhibition", Chongqing Museum of Art, Chongqing, China

2003

"Empathy and Illusion – the Paintings of Pang Maokun and Long Quan", Soka Art Center, Beijing, China

"Hand in Hand into the New Century – Third Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"The Fist Beijing International Art Biennial", China 2003 , Contemporary Museum of the Tsinghua University Art Institute, Beijing, China



Schools Contemporary, Museum of the Tsinghua University Art Institute, Beijing

"Chong Qing Chilis American Tour", Ohio University Art Museum, Athens, Ohio, USA

"Second Guizhou Oil Painting Biennial", Guizhou Normal University Art Museum, Guiyang, China

2004

"Each Other", Centre Culturel Toulouse, Toulouse, France

Academic exchange to the University Paris-Sorbonne

2005

"The Construction of Schema: Exhibition of Sketches by He Duoling and Pang Maokun", Blue Space Gallery, Museum of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chengdu, Chongqing and Beijing, China

"Second Chengdu Biennial", Chengdu Museum of Modern Art, Chengdu, China

"Up and Down the Great Rivers – Retrospective Exhibition on Chinese Oil Painting in the New Era", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

National Art Museum of China, Beijing

"Man and Nature – Second Contemporary Chinese Landscape and Oil Painting Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2006

"First Chinese Contemporary Yearbook Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"Entering the Realm – Chinese Aesthetics Document Exhibition", Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

"Boundless Rivers and Mountains – Northern and Southern Contemporary Oil Painting Invitational", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

National Art Museum of China, Beijing

"Contemporary Painting from Chongqing", Macdonald Stewart Art Center, Guelph University, Ontario, Canada

"Gouache Works by Pang Maokun", Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing, China

2008

“23rd Asian International Art Exhibition”, Museum of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China

"Realist School 2008 Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"Expansion and Fusion – Chinese Modern Oil Painting Research Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing and Suzhou Museum of Art, Suzhou, China

Beijing and Suzhou Museum of Art, Suzhou

"Plainsong – Sketches by He Duoling, Pang Maokun, Zhong Biao and Li Changlong", K Gallery, Chengdu, China

May 2008 Charity auction of Ardent, with Chinese Realism Artists in Beijing, China

"Setting out from the Southwest – Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition", Guangdong Provincial Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

"Spirit and Character – Chinese Contemporary Realist Oil Painting Research Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing and Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

Beijing and Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai

2009

"Images of History – 2009 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition", Shenzhen, Museum of Art, Shenzhen, and Hubei Provincial Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

Museum of Art, Shenzhen, and Hubei Provincial Museum of Art, Wuhan

"Thirty Years on the Scene – Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition", Japan-China Friendship Center, Tokyo, Japan

"Eleventh National Fine Art Exhibition", Hubei Provincial Museum of Art, Wuhan

"China Realist School Fifth Anniversary Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Hubei Provincial Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

2010

"China Realist School Fifth Anniversary Exhibition", Shanxi Provincial Museum of Art, Xi'an, China

"Research and Transcendence – Second Exhibition of Small-Scale Chinese Oil Paintings", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"China Oil Painting Institute Invitational Group Exhibition", Museum of the China Oil Painting Institute, Beijing, China

"The ninth Chinese Arts Festival: the exhibition of Country’s Outstanding Artworks", Guangzhou Arts Museum, Guangzhou, China

"Nanjing Biennale", Jiangsu Museum, Nanjing, China

"Mythology of Today – Pang Maokun Solo Exhibition", Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

"Deviated Scenes: Sketches, Paintings and Notes by Pang Maokun", K·Gallery, Chengdu, China

"Obsession – Classical Pang Maokun Works Exhibition", Frank Lin Art Center, Beijing, China

2011

"Unable Absence - Contemporary Art Exhibition", Wenyuan Art Museum, Chengdu, China

"Realistic Reproduction - Easel Painting Exhibition"New International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chengdu, China

"Flowing Clouds - New Contemporary Chinese Art", Sichuan Museum, Chengdu, China

"Contemporary China in The Artist’s eyes - Chinese Oil Art Exhibition", Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

"The Brilliancy of the East Civilization is Coming", Exhibition for the 50th Anniversary of the Chinese Painting Academy, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"Gaze in Silence - Pang Maokun and Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting", Contemporary Gallery of Guangdong Museum of Art at the Guangzhou Opera House, Guanzhou, China

2012

"20 Years of Glory – Mountain Art Foundation Collection of Sichuan Fine Art Institute", National Art Museum of China, Bejing, China

"Sociological Landscape – The First Suzhou Jinji Lake Biennale", Suzhou and Basel Contemporary Art Museum, Suzhou, China

"Through The Memory", Opening Exhibition of the Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

"Splendid China -- Chinese Fine Arts Marching in the New Century", China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

"Hand Painted Will - Pang Maokun Sketch Exhibition", K.Gallery, Chengdu, China

2013

"Fertile Southwest Region – My Land and my People" Oil Painting Invitation Exhibition,Guangxi Art Museum, Nanning, China

"Individual Growth- Momentum of Contemporary Art" , Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, China

"Portrait of the Times 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art", Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

"Reportrait — The 2013 Hall Three Official 1 Art Exhibition", Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China

"Spectacle Reconstruction – Chinese Contemporary Art", MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary

"Viewing the Floating World: Pang Maokun’s Art”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2014

"Chongqing Art in Sixty Years-Art Exhibition", Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China

"Winshare New Scenery – A Hundred Contemporary Artists", Winshare Art Museum, Chengdu, China

"Voices of West and East - A Research on Contemporary Chinese Art”, Yihe Art Museum, Wuhan, China

"Nanjing International Art Exhibition”, Jiansu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China

"Social Scenery – Narrative through Scenery in Contemporary Art", International Culture and Art Exchange Center of Chengdu, Chengdu, China

"Pursuit of Excellence: Artists from Art Academies", First Oil Painting Exhibition, Shanghai Painting & Sculpture Museum, Shanghai, China

"Chinese Realism School 10th Anniversary Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"The 3rd ‘Painting Memory in Chiangnan’ National Oil Painting Exhibition", Jiansu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China

"The 50th Anniversary of Establishment of China and France Diplomatic Relations Exhibition", Grand Palais, Paris, France

"Resetting the Perception: Pang Maokun's Art (2012-2014)", Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2015

"Chinese Freehand Art", Invitational Exhibition of the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

"Breaking the Image: Methods in the Treatment of Image by Contemporary Artists from China", Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China

"Maze: Visual Order and Graphic Production in Pang Maokun's Art Today", Art Museum Beijing, China

2016

"The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2015", Minsheng Art Museum Beijing, China

"The Visual Experience and Cultural Identity of Chinese Modernity", Yili Art Museum, Beijing, China

"Scarcity and supply", The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, Baijia Lake Art Museum, Nanjing, China

"The International Itinerant Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting", (Paris, France, July 2016), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

“The Mystery of Freehand Sketching: Research Exhibition of Pang Maokun's Manuscripts”, United Art Museum, Wuhan, China

2017

“Art Changsha”, Tan Guobin Contemporary Art Museum, Changsha, China

“Anren Biennale”, Anren County, China

“La Texture del tempo” (“The texture of Time”), Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Exhibition, Chinese Art National Museum, Beijing, China

“Folded Portraits. Le nuove opere di Pang Maokun”, Galleria X, Beijing, China

2018

“The Relevance of the Past. The Cultivated Painting of Pang Maokun”, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy

2019

“Inheritance and Innovation - 2019 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition”, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

“ArtChengdu 2019”, Chengdu Century City New lnternational Exhition Center, Chengdu, China

“The 7th ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair”, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space | ART021, Shanghai, China

“Beijing Contemporary Art Expo”, National Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing, China

"The Encounter with There-Being: the Solo Exhibition of Pang Maokun's Artworks", Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

2020

"Altered Carbon 2020: Pang Maokun", Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China

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