Born 1969 Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China
Lives and works in
With its origins in calligraphy, Qiu Zhijie’s practice has evolved through a range of media, idioms and cultural frameworks to arrive at a notion of ‘total art’ — a multi-disciplinary, trans-historical approach to knowledge, culture and daily life. His artworks, accompanied by pedagogical and curatorial projects, maintain a rich dialogue between Chinese pictorial and literary traditions, contemporary art, philosophy and social engagement. Qiu’s work is expansive and absorbing, and the substantial scale and narrative richness of his creations is evident in his vast maps, which blend cartographic techniques from multiple disciplines, including geography, history, philosophy, mythology and science. He is also known for powerful sculptural installations that focus on the role of human ambition in China’s extraordinary process of modernisation.