I studied calligraphy, sigillography and landscape painting at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing (2007-2010). I took part in a contemporary ink painting project – ‘Biface Graphy/Open Scroll’ with calligrapher Zhang Qiang (2009-2015) and in a China Ministry of Education funded research project on Buddhist epigraphy in Shandong Province – ‘Great Vacuity Buddha-King : Sutra Engravings and Visual Culture under the Northern Dynasties’ (2012-2016). I was also part of a collaborative project in creative archaeology with geographer Rupert Griffiths entitled ‘Site_Seal_Gesture’ (2013-2017). In 2014-2015, I lectured at the Art Theory department in Sichuan Fine Arts Institute on the ‘History of Sinology : The Study of East Asian Art in the West’, and at the Archaeology department at Renmin University of China on ‘Comparing Values in Cultural Heritage : Landscape, Identity and Authenticity’. In 2015-2017, I taught the MA ‘Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road’ at the department of the History of Art and Archaeology SOAS.

I obtained my PhD degree with a thesis entitled ‘Highland Routes and Frontier Communities at the Fall of the Han Empire (2nd to 3rd century CE): A Comparative Study of Cave Burials South of the Yangzi River’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and have accepted an appointment at the department of Archaeology in Renmin University of China, Beijing, from September 2018. I recently joined the EAst/ULB platform and delivered a series of conferences entitled "Regard sur la Tradition Lettrée" at Université Libre de Bruxelles. I have supervised the "Ink Art Week" in Venice (April 2018), including a collective exhibition of contemporary ink art in Magazzino del Sale n°3 hosted by the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Venezia and a conference hosted by Ca' Foscari University. I curated the first edition of "Lithic Impressions", an exhibition cum workshop devoted to antiquarianist practices, in particular rubbing techniques, in Palazzo Zen, Venice. The next edition of "Lithic Impressions" will be held at the Musée Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, at the occasion of the second edition of the "Ink Art Week" in Brussels (Mai 2019).

魏离雅照片.jpg