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WEI, Lia

Nationality : Belgian

1986          Born in Alatri, Italy.

2005 – 2006

Bachelor of Architecture , Institut Supérieur d’Architecture La Cambre, Brussels.

Bachelor of Sociology and Anthropology , Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels.

2007

Semester of Chinese calligraphy, seal carving and painting in China Central Academy of Art, Hangzhou.

2008

Semester of Chinese language with HSK test of language proficiency (level 6) in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.

Semester in the Printing Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing.

April: ‘Mutual Influence’. Rooftop installation for open workshop in collaboration with artists and students from the Oil Painting department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Huangjueping art district, Chongqing.

September: ‘Rely to Asia’. Exhibition of Chinese painting in collaboration with Zhang Qiang, Zhengzhou Museum of Art, Zhengzhou.

October: ‘Wartime Calligraphy: Hangzhou DaJing Road’. Photographic project for the 2008 Sunshine International Annual Art Exhibition, Sunshine Art Center, Beijing.

2009

Semester in the Printmaking department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing city.

field work and data recording of Eastern Han rock-cut spaces in the Sichuan basin, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Contemporary Visual Culture and Folk Art, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

January: Biface Graphy presented at the 3rd edition of the Fushan International Calligraphy Biennale, Fushan, Korea.

October: Landscape painting and first public performance of the Biface Graphy project. Duo exhibition “Qilin-Yingtenaxiongnaier” of collaborative artworks by Lia Wei and Zhang Qiang, in the occasion of Europalia China, Brussels.

2010

Semester in the Chinese Painting department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing.

China Ministry of Education Funding Research Project “Da Kong Wang Fo” (Great Vacuity Buddha-King), Northern dynasty monk An Daoyi’s sutra carving sites. Fieldwork in Hebei, Henan and Shandong provinces.

June: Biface Graphy presented at ‘Ink Painting Mode and Space’, Songzhuang East District Art Center, Beijing.

July: Biface Graphy presented at ‘Writing/Unwriting’, the 3rd edition of Hangzhou Modern Calligraphy Biennale, China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou.

July: Biface Graphy presented at ‘Self Awareness: Contemporary Art Exhibition’, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin.

September: Biface Graphy writing session video performance for ‘Experimental Typography and Modern Chinese Calligraphy’, Lahti University of Applied Science and Institute of Design, Finland.

November: First Open Scroll installation in Qiandongnan region, Guizhou province.`

December: Open Scroll installation in a Qing dynasty Temple of Confucius, Bishan city, Chongqing.

‘La Pierre et le Pinceau’. Film project in collaboration with photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart and sinologist Prof. Françoise Lauwaert (Brussels Free University), filmed in Guizhou, Chongqing, Shandong provinces and Beijing.

Designing Hukan workshop in Shangyuan Art Museum and Qiaozi Artist Commune, Huairou district, Shayukou village, Beijing.

2011

February: carving ‘Sixty Arhats’ stone seals serie in Huge Moon Hill Workshop, Huxi Artist Commune, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute new campus, Chongqing.

April: carving ‘Xuanhe Sixty Stones’ ceramic seals serie during a one month residence at the Cité des Arts, Paris.

June: Biface Graphy presented at ‘From the Mother Language: Contemporary Ink Painting group exhibition’, Dongguan Art Museum, Guangzhou.

August: Biface Graphy writing performance for the 2nd edition of Yangebo Festival of Arts, Yangebo village, Weichang county, Hebei province.

August: Lia Wei ‘Illiterate Landscape’ solo Exhibition of landscape painting in Qielu Art Gallery, Beijing.

September: Open Scroll installation in the occasion of the 4th edition of Chengdu Biennale, Feibai special exhibition, Hanzi Art Museum, Chengdu city, Sichuan province.

October: Biface Graphy presented at ‘Ten Case Studies of Ink Painters in the XXIst century’. 800 Art District, Shanghai.

Bachelor degree in History of Art and Archaeology in Brussels Free University (ULB). Orientation: Prehistory, Protohistory and Non European Art.

2012

February : ‘Halfway Ashore’. Open Scroll installation on the Li River in Yangshuo county, Guangxi province. Presented at the occasion of the 2012 Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennale,  Da Fen Art Center, Shenzhen.

March : Publication of Biface Graphy : an Experiment in Abstract Ink Painting. vol.1. Chongqing publishing house. in collaboration with Zhang Qiang.

March : Biface Graphy awarded the Institutional Prize in the 5th edition of  Premio Arte Laguna for the ‘Is it the banner ? Is it the wind ?’ Open Scroll installation in Arsenale, Venice.

March : Biface Graphy presented at the 4th Edition of Contemporary Ink Painting Biennale in Sun Yat-sen National Memorial Hall, Taipei.

April : ‘Hollow Valley’. Open Scroll installation in Linzhou, Henan province. Presented at the occasion of the 2nd edition of Linzhou Ink Painting Biennale, Linzhou county, Henan province.

July : Biface Graphy presented at the 3rd edition of Inward Gazes : Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art 2012, Macao Museum of Art, Macao.

August : Open Scroll photographic installation in Lido island at the occasion of ‘Flags’. the 15th Edition of Open International Installation Festival, Venice.

September : Biface Graphy mounted scrolls exhibited with scholar rocks at ‘Les Pierres rêvent’. Exhibition in Parcours des Mondes by Wei Asian Arts Gallery, Paris.

Master degree in Religious Arts of Asia, History of Art and Archaeology department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

2013

February : Presentation of the 2008-2013 Biface Graphy project at the occasion of the Visual Arts of Contemporary China MA course in the School of Oriental and African Studies, tutored by Dr. Yin-Hwang, London.

June : Publication of Biface Graphy : an Experiment in Abstract Ink Painting. vol.2. Chongqing publishing house. in collaboration with Zhang Qiang.

June : Open Scroll installation for the Jinshanling Great Wall International Biennale of Ink Painting in Open Air, Hebei province.

September to September 2017: Doctoral research on rock-cut tombs in the Upper Yangzi River valley at SOAS, University of London.

December : Starting Site_Seal_Gesture collaboration with Rupert Griffiths, London.

2014

September to December: Lecturer in the History of Sinology at the Art Theory Department, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

November : Site/Sign Landscape painting and Biface Graphy exhibit at Chongqing House, Chongqing.

August : Founding the Gurutto Seal Society with Sachie Uzawa in Tokyon.

2015

March to July: Lecturer in Cultural Heritage at the Archaeology Department, Renmin University of China.

June : Site_Seal_Gesture installation with Rupert Griffiths in Banan, Chongqing.

August : Meeting of the Gurutto Seal Society with Sachie Uzawa in Hukan studio, Beijing.

October : Site_Seal_Gesture intervention with Rupert Griffiths for Public Archaeology 2015.

September to June 2016: Teaching Assistant in the Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road at SOAS, University of London. 

2016

August : Meeting of the Gurutto Seal Society with Sachie Uzawa in Kyoto.

August : Presenting Biface Graphy and Site_Seal_Gesture at the World Archaeology Congress in Kyoto.

September to June 2017: Senior Teaching Fellow in the Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road at SOAS, University of London.

2017

January : Young Promise award at Presence of China Contemporary Ink Art exhibit, Hainan.

May : Biface Graphy experiment with Jan Schacher, Zurich University of the Arts, Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zurich.

August : Lecturer for the Silk Road Summer School at SOAS, University of London.

September : Landscape painting and seal carving exhibit at the occasion of the launching of my authored book « Great Vacuity King Buddha » at Literati Lab, Hangzhou.

2018

January : introductory course on the theory and practice of Chinese landscape painting for INRACI, Brussels.

February to May : « Regard sur la Tradition Lettrée ». Seven sessions of theory and practice of literati art (calligraphy, landscape painting, seal carving, contemporary ink art and antiquarianism) at ULB, Brussels.

April : Academic supervisor for the Ink Art Week conference at Ca Foscari University and exhibition in Venice Academy of Art, Magazzino del Sale n°3, Venice.

October: curator for Lithic Impressions: From Stone to Ink on Paper at Palazzo Zen, Venice.

From September: Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Museum Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing.