Assemblage: Workshop with Artist Zheng Chongbin

Artist in his studio with 'Tracing the Undulating Contours,' 2017, (ink, acrylic, Xuan paper).

Contemporary Chinese artist Zheng Chongbin will lead this two-day workshop exploring his unique creative process. Workshop participants will use sumi ink, acrylic paint, water, and Xuan paper to create paintings inspired by his exhibition currently on view at Asia Society Texas Center.

The workshop is limited to the first 25 registrants. Attendees must be able to attend both days of the workshop.


Saturday, April 7
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday, April 8, 2018
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

About the Artist

Zheng Chongbin was educated as a classical Chinese figurative painter at the elite China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where he taught for four years after graduation in 1984. Acclaimed as one of China’s preeminent young experimental ink painters in the 1980s, he mounted his first solo exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Art in 1988. In 1989, he received a fellowship from the San Francisco Art Institute to study installation, performance, and conceptual art, receiving his MFA in 1991. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for over three decades, Zheng is inspired by the region's distinctive atmospheric and environmental effects and rich ecologies, as well as by the California light and space movement.

About the Exhibition

Artist Zheng Chongbin fuses western abstraction with the Chinese calligraphic tradition in works of ink and acrylic on paper, finding contemporary relevance from earlier forms of Asian ink art. Zheng’s works examine themes of time and memory, and their cumulative effects on both humanity and the natural world. In his first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, Zheng is presenting paintings and for the first time, a large, multiplanar video sculpture installation which responds to the unique architecture of Asia Society Texas Center as a larger macrocosm.

Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Wells Fargo. The China Series is presented by East West Bank. Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy C. Allen, Leslie and Brad Bucher, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by The Clayton Fund, Kathy and Glen Gondo, Ann Wales, and through contributions from the Friends the Asia Society, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional exhibitions and programming to Asia Society Texas Center. Additional support is provided by INK studio, Beijing.

Exhibition Presenting Sponsor

China Series Presenting Sponsor

Exhibition Sponsors


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Event Details

1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, Texas 77004

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$35 Members, $45 Nonmembers. Attendees must be able to attend both days of the workshop.
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