Born in China, I grew up in a traditional patriarchal family under the restriction of the government’s
one-child policy. When I was little there were so many rules and there are always more rules for
females than males in Chinese society. Because of rules from my family and society, art was my refuge
in my childhood, surrounded as I was by starkly contrasting natural environments. As an artist, my
inspiration is therefore grounded in natural landscapes. Where I felt free and peaceful as a human was
in the outdoors, avoiding family pressures.
Gazing up at the sky(the sun and the moon). as a mean of de-stressing, gives me the chance to connect with nature without going anywhere. The process of making art for me is like going on imaginative adventures. I project myself inside of the images, the sceneries that I create, although I was just standing in front of my artworks as a viewer while I was working on the papers on the wall. Maybe it’s like playing a video game. A player interact with the screen, and I want a viewer like me to have the main role, to opens up his or her imagination.
For me, the use of oil stick enables me to have a very direct sense of contact between the color and the paper, unmediated by the use of a brush.
Ping Zheng was born in was born in 1989 in Zhejiang, China and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 and a BFA in painting from the University College of London, Slade School of Fine Art in 2014.
Her works have been exhibited at Kristen Lorello, New York, NY, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, and Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY,Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, the Chinese American Arts Council/Gallery 456, New York, NY, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and DDP(Dongdaemun Design Plaza), Seoul, South Korean, “ASYAAF: Asian Students and Young Artists Festival” among other venues.
She has completed artist residencies at AADK Spain, in Blanca, Spain, the Rancho Linda Vista Arts Community, in Oracle, Arizona, and the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont among others.
Her works are included in the collections of the Cleveland Clinic Art Program and JP Morgan Chase Bank, Fidelity Investments among others