(b. 1978, Mongolia)
Lives and works in Beijing
Born 1978 in Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, Zheng Lu studied sculpture at Lu Xun Fine Art Academy, then went on to complete his Master’s in 2007 at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Around the same time he also completed studies in an advanced study program at the Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris.
His energetic and gravity-defying stainless steel forms from his iconic “Water in Dripping” series explores the concept of water, in the form of its material and philosophical interpretations. Water, one of Earth’s natural elements, is seen by the artist as carrying infinite possibilities, and through his practice, Zheng is constantly approaching water as a conceptual key to unlocking his unique visual language. Deeply influenced by his studies in traditional Chinese calligraphy, Zheng’s stainless steel sculptures are composed of thousands of Chinese characters that are laser-cut then hand-welded together into forms that evoke water splashes suspended in mid-air and appearing to move energy through space.
In recent years Zheng’s artistic success has gained momentum with solo exhibitions mounted in New York, Taipei, Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing.