[New York, NY] August 7, 2018 — The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is excited to welcome Hong Yao, renowned Chinese abstract ink artist, as its Summer 2018 Artist in Residence as he demonstrates and teaches his signature Snapline technique for the first time in the United States.


Hong Yao, born in Hubei, China in 1939, is an internationally recognized artist known for his abstract ink paintings created with his revolutionary Snapline technique. Mr. Hong graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1962, and taught in the Chinese Painting Department of the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 1977. Since then, he has focused on expressive conceptual ink paintings using his Snapline technique.


The Snapline technique is Mr. Hong’s original creation in which a thread soaked in ink is snapped to create explosive marks with bursts of energy on various mediums, including rice paper, canvas, metals, and furniture. This revolutionary art form is inspired from a traditional Chinese method of cutting wood, where an ink thread is manipulated similarly to create straight lines to guide the cutting. Being the only abstraction technique that is fully developed with traditional Chinese craft in mind, the Snapline technique is considered one of the most important contemporary artistic innovations, according to the textbook Chinese Contemporary Art 1978 – 2008 by Hong Lu.


“We are extremely excited to have Hong Yao here as MOCA’s inaugural Summer Artist in Residence,” said Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America. “His works have greatly influenced Chinese contemporary art. His time in New York will allow him to continue to evolve his technique; he has been especially inspired by iconic New York City works found in architecture, street art, and graffiti. His revolutionary techniques will contribute to the accomplishments of Chinese in America.”


“New York City is truly the world leader of modern lyrical abstraction,” said Mr. Hong. “The city stands for acceptance and diversity, and is the perfect place for revolutionary art and artistic techniques. Similarly, MOCA is the leader in celebrating Chinese achievements and history in America, and I believe it is the best place for me to share my works, experiences, and views of art in our lives.”


Mr. Hong and his Snapline paintings and mixed media works are widely celebrated works of art in galleries and art institutions across the contemporary art world. He has had solo exhibitions at the Hong Kong Arts Center, Taiwan National Chiao Tung University Arts Center, Shanghai Museum of Art, Mingshan Art Gallery and the National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Mr. Hong’s works also have been exhibited in the U.S. Congressional Art Exhibition in Washington, D.C. in 1989, National Gallery of Germany in Berlin, the Cátedral Notre Dame in Strasbourg, and Artosino Gallery in New York.


As the Summer Artist in Residence at MOCA, Mr. Hong will be leading children’s workshops at the Museum where students will create abstract compositions using brushes, ink, watercolors, and oil pastels. They will learn basic watercolor and/or pastel techniques, practice a variety of methods of creating abstract art, and will also have a rare opportunity to explore Mr. Hong’s acclaimed Snapline technique.


MOCA is providing the first of Mr. Hong’s workshops for free to two groups of third-grade students of P.S. 124 Yung Wing School on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.


In addition to workshops for children, Mr. Hong will be speaking at the Museum on Thursday, August 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. He will demonstrate the creation of abstract works using brushes, ink, watercolors, oil pastels, and his Snapline technique. Audience members and Hong Yao will also discuss his experience, creative process, and his views on the role of art in people’s lives.


About MOCA’s Summer Artist in Residence
Hong Yao is a Chinese visual artist who was born in 1939. He graduated from the Department of Painting of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1962, and taught at Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 1977. As an educator, Hong Yao has taught in Wuhan, China and Taiwan.

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