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Ming Bai

Bai Ming, is a contemporary ceramic artist and painter born in September 1965 in Yugan, Jiangxi Province of China.


He is the Director of the Department of Ceramic Art in the Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University.


In July 2014, the special exhibition “Bai Ming” was held at the Museum Cernuschi to celebrate “the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-France Diplomatic Relations” by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Chinese Ministry of Culture and Chinese Culture Center.


"I straddle many boundaries: between oil and ink painting, abstraction and decoration, vessels and sculpture, traditional styles and cutting-edge installations, image-making to language expressions, studies of world art history and traditional Chinese crafts. Conventionally, these boundaries are difficult to cross, because an artist can hardly have multiple identities.


All these styles, media, ways of thinking and expressing, speak of a contemporary Chinese artist who reacts naturally to this time which is incredibly rich, diverse, and open. China indeed is changing very fast in this era, and we must adjust ourselves when facing fast-changing issues and challenges.


There is a certain degree of unfamiliarity when working with different materials and trying different expressions. My fundamental attitude toward art creation is to deepen the understanding of the self and to give the audience a sense of unfamiliarity.


The moment an artist faces a new medium is always a unique one, with its own feelings and settings. We don’t know what new desires, imaginations, and feelings one has at that moment. The most actual manifestation generated in that moment or space is most crucial to the creation of art. I am infatuated with experimenting with different media, to actually feel different expressions of different clays, papers, or paints. This is why even old works of mine still look refreshing today.


I had never thought about subverting anything when I created these works. Everything in me is a continuation of tradition. That includes the way I feel, the way I look, the way I touch, and the way I understand the malleability of clay. Not in terms of form, though. In forms, there is nothing traditional about my art. My sculptures, installations, and vessels are all based upon aesthetics of serenity. This serenity is not pure quietness, but one that is full of life."


- Bai Ming


Ming Bai - Vigor of Heaven and Earth Ming Bai - Time, view 2 Ming Bai - Time, view 1
Ming Bai - Clouds Curling Up and Down Ming Bai - Endlessness, 2013 Ming Bai - Vessel
Ming Bai - Endlessness, 2011 Ming Bai - Line, Water, Zen Ming Bai - Landscape Up and Down
Ming Bai - A Distant View of Red Mountain Ming Bai - Red Lotus Ming Bai - Red Soul Stone
Ming Bai - Blue Skirt Ming Bai - Charity of Blue Mountain, Tall Vase Ming Bai - Blue Lotus
Ming Bai - Blue Soul Stone Ming Bai - Hug, 2015 Ming Bai - A Brief History of Blue and White
Ming Bai - Autumn Lotus, Warm Wind Ming Bai - Brown Forest On The Riverside Ming Bai - Linked Propitious Cloud
Ming Bai - Blue Charm Ming Bai - Linear Zen Ming Bai - Brown Rhythm of Tai Ji
Ming Bai - Roaming The Blue Mountain, Platter Ming Bai - Explore a Garden in The Snow, Platter Ming Bai - Line Flow to Mountain, plate
Ming Bai - The Stoney Landscape Ming Bai - Twinkling Stars All Over The Sky Ming Bai - Charity of Blue Mountain, 2016
Ming Bai - Three Leaves Red Ming Bai - Red Charm Ming Bai - Red Charm
Ming Bai - Silky Ground Ming Bai - Sea, Iceberg, Islands and Auspicious Ming Bai - The Vigor of Youth
Ming Bai - Form and Process, 2 Ming Bai - Form and Process, 1 Ming Bai - Form and Process
Ming Bai - Between Ceramics and Stone Ming Bai - The Tube Argot Ming Bai - The Tube Argot
Ming Bai - Dancing Red Ming Bai - Myriads of Things, 1 Ming Bai - Myriads of Things, 2
Ming Bai - Stone and Water II Ming Bai - Stone and Water III Ming Bai - Stone and Water I
Ming Bai - Myriads of Things, 3 Ming Bai - Myriads of Things, 4 Ming Bai - Portrait of Bai Ming


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Solo exhibition ”Bai Ming: Solo” Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA USA
2017 Solo exhibition “White and Blue | Bai Ming” at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon Portugal
2016 Invited by NCECA (the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and KCAC (the Kansas City Artists Coalition), for celebrating the 50th Anniversary of NCECA and the 40th Anniversary of KCAC, the solo exhibition “Bai Ming·Kansas City” holding in Marlin Gallery of Kansas City.
2016 Solo exhibition “Bai Ming·Endlessness” was held at PICC Headquarters in Beijing
2015 “Bai Ming” solo exhibition in Seoul, South Korea held at the Asian Art Exhibition
2014 The special exhibition “Bai Ming” at the Museum Cernuschi was listed as a key project of “the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-France Diplomatic Relations” by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Chinese Ministry of Culture and Chinese Culture Center.
2013 Solo exhibition “Dialogue of Civilizations” projected by Denis Laming, (the French Great Master of Architecture) was held in Gue-Pean Chateau during the "European Heritage Day".
2013 Major exhibition “Bai Ming’s Metaphor: Mindfulness, Mystery, Philosophy” was held by Guangdong Art Museum to accompany the first international Asian Art Curator Forum.
2010 At the invitation of IAC and Chinese Cultural Center in Paris, he held the “Oriental Ceramic Story—Bai Ming Ceramic Art Works Exhibition” in Paris. This exhibition was the only one that represented China in “Foreign Culture Week” held by Paris government that year.