The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica will present Paintings and Flowerbeds, an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Zhuang Hong Yi, beginning Saturday, April 20 through June 1.
The opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. April 20 at the gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. B6, Santa Monica.
Originally from Sichuan, China, the artist has lived in Groningen in the Netherlands for over 20 years. Works featured in the exhibit include collaged rice paper, mixed media flowerbeds, and paintings that explore Zhuang’s personal pursuit to meld Eastern and Western aesthetics, materials and artistic practices, said Temma Nanas, the gallery’s managing director.
The flower motif dominates Zhuang’s work, and he works patiently year after year on this subject alone, Nanas said. In Chinese culture the flower is a significant image, which carries with it countless meanings, emotions and symbols.
Zhuang’s mixed media flowerbeds are crafted from delicate pieces of painted rice paper, which the artist has bent and folded into hundreds of tiny buds. Utilizing a traditional Chinese material, the works also represent traditional Chinese aesthetics; they are meditations on color, nature and form, according to Nanas.
The canvas paintings bear the influence of impressionism and other Western artistic practices. His work is built upon his native country’s well-established artistic traditions and boundaries, which he has married with the Netherlands’ encouragement of freedom of style, Nanas said.
Zhuang has exhibited in China and throughout Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands, France and Spain. He has been the subject of multiple museum exhibits at Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and his work is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.
This is his first gallery exhibition on the West Coast.
Information, (310) 264-0640, or www.lesliesackscontemporary.com.

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