Jiang Dahai is a leading Chinese-French artist whose work synthesizes traditional Chinese and Western artistic elements. Born in 1946 in the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1986 with a master’s degree from the school’s oil painting department. That same year, he moved to Paris and began his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. He worked and lived only in Paris until 2007, and now divides his time between Beijing and Paris.
The artworks are a mixture of natural and abstract forms in harmony with each other on a 2D surface. His forms tend to be minimalist but powerful in their simplicity. At the turn of the 20th century, after many years of searching for an icon closer to his roots, he began to play with the texture of the paper, the dryness and wetness of the brush so that they dissolve into a mist and become “rhythmic.” His paintings are “mysterious and abstract images”, a bit like the Western abstract painters, such as Mark Rothko and Pierre Soulages, who played with geometric shapes, lines and dots.