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He Sai Bang (b.1959)
Bio
He Sai Bang was born in Shanghai, China in 1959. In 1986, He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Shanghai Normal University. He currently lives in Shanghai.

Using traditional Chinese ink and wash painting techniques, He Sai Bang creates simple, delicate compositions in a contemporary context. His tranquil paintings are in startling contrast to the vibrant city of Shanghai where they are created. As He Sai Bang makes peace with his surroundings, his subjects, everyday objects, become absorbed into his contemplations. The most palpable characteristic of He Sai Bang's painting is a sense of quiet, elegant constraint. His work is tightly disciplined but by intrinsic and occasionally strange rules, with its expressive value dependent upon non-descriptive qualities of brushwork and form and on the ways in which he transforms familiar objects into symbolic and creative language. At first, His paintings seem faint and distant, simple in both content and form, impersonal and aloof. His art is without distractions and excludes the unnecessary leading to immediate visual impact, drawing the viewer into ever deepening levels of intensity. American and European art critics will see the influence of the Minimalists, while Chinese art historians will see a contemporary incarnation of Zhu Da (1626-1705). In reality, he combines elements of both traditions into a style uniquely his own.

He Sai Bang creates objects of interest and beauty by reducing them to the smallest number of colors, values, shapes, lines, and textures. His work is precise and hard-edged, incorporating geometric forms often in repetitive patters and solid planes. Yet, sometimes like Chinese scholar rocks, objects appear lopsided, balancing unsteadily, creating an illusion designed to alter our perception of them in new and creative ways within the limits of the paper. He Sai Bang carefully controls his emotions, preferring to slowly release his most personal feelings by momentary spurts of intuitive decisions, catching the viewer unaware and eliciting a reaction.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
New Works of He Saibang, Sanjyo Gion Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2007
Listening to Shapes, China 2000 Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

2000
He Saibang Contemporary Ink Painting, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

1996
Art Exhibition of He Saibang, Tao Gallery, Beijing, China


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Ordinary Objects, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China

2015
Somewhere In Time - Ten Artists' Paintings, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China
Collective Individualism II, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China
The Glow of Red, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China
A Tale of Two Cities, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2014
Break ? Stand: The new paintings to orders, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
Collective Individualism I, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China
BolognaFiere Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Far from the Madding Crowd, Phoenix Art Palace, Shanghai, China
Ink Matter, Jin Men Art Club, Shanghai, China
Ten Shades of White, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China

2013
Swelling Water - Six Artists Group Show, M Art Center, Shanghai, China
Form - Shanghai Ink Painters: Ten Case Studies, Zhangjiang Contemporary Art Museum, China
Chinese Garden - Ten Artists Group Show, Sanjyo Gion Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Chinese Garden - Ten Artists Group Show, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China
Simplified Ideas, Museum of Fine Arts, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, Guangzhou, China
Artists and the Chinese Folding-books, Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Bad Paintings, HuaFu Art Space, Shanghai, China

2012
Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
Cultural Shanghai, Eye Level Gallery, Shanghai, China
Gang of Nine, The Research House of Asian Art, Chicago, IL, USA

2011
Joint: Chinese-German-French Art Exhibition, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Chinese-Australia Printmaking Exhibition, Hongqiao Contemporary Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
Nature of Matter, Yard Gallery (Yachao Gallery), Shanghai, China
Same Work, Different Tune, Shanghai-Nanjing Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition, Shangdong Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing, China

2010
Chinese Ink Painting Scene: Ten Artists, Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, China
Square, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Contemplation, Front Line Contemporary, Shanghai, China
First New Ink Art Exhibition, Cultural Center, Korean Consulate, Shanghai, China

2009
Shanghai Art College: Ink Painting Exploration, 99 Creative Center, Shanghai, China
Eat, Shanghai Pictpics Gallery, Shanghai, China
Winter, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

2008
Multi-Dimensional Method: Shanghai Contemporary Ink Artists Exhibition, Zhang Jiang Contemporary Art Museum, China
Shanghai Focus, Fine Arts College of Shanghai University 99 Creative Center, Shanghai, ChinaChenxiang - Eye Level Art Opening Exhibition, Eye Level Gallery, Shanghai, China
Up-To-Date, AroundSpace Gallery, Shanghai, China
Contemporary Chinese Figurative Painting, Ming Yuan Art Center, Shanghai, China

2007
Dialogue: He Saibang, Qin Yifeng, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Exploration: New Ink Art Shanghai, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China
Different Faces, Maoming Gallery, Shanghai, China
Present Drawing: Shanghai Water Ink Art Exhibition 2007, Mingyuan Art Center, Shanghai, China
Classics: Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Shanghai Creative Art Space, China
Color of the Night, 2007 Nominated Works Invitational Exhibition, Yuandian Gallery, Shanghai, China

2006
Landscape in the Eye of the Beholder, Galerie Alexandra Saheb, Berlin, Germany
Present Drawing: Shanghai Water Ink Art Exhibition 2006, Mingyuan Art Center, Shanghai, China
Pioneer Shanghai, the Retrospective Exhibition of Young Artists' Artworks, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Urban Garden: 06 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tangyun Gallery, Hangzhou, China
The Shanghai Outstanding Artists Sketch Exhibition, Mingyuan Art Center, Shanghai, China

2005
Alien & Illusion, Shanghai Museum of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Art Now, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art from China, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2004
Ink VI, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
Alien Space: China and Japan Contemporary Exhibition, Duolun Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China
The Big Abstract Show, Mingyuan Art Center, Shanghai, China

2003
Happiness, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2002
New Age of Abstract Art, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Spring Fling, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Ink III, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2001
Ink II, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
About Cavalier Perspective: Painting and Installation, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Rotating 360 degree , the 6th Chinese Project Exhibition, Shang Gallery, Shanghai, China

2000
Shanghai 2000, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Sea Horizon (Hai Ping Xian) Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1999
The Fifth Shanghai Youth Artists Exhibition, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1998
United Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1997
Chinese "New Scholars" Exhibition, National Gallery, Beijing, China
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai Mart, China

1996
New Chinese Literati Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1995
National Art Exposition, Guangzhou Exhibition Center, China

1993
The Fourth Youth Art Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, China

1986
Shanghai Art Museum Inaugural Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, China


Public Collection
Utah Museum of Fine Arts