AboutTo accompany Tian Wei's first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, the artist will talk about his works on canvas, in conversation with Gerard Houghton, Director of Special Projects at October Gallery, London.
Tian Wei was born in Xi'an, the first imperial capital of China, and original starting point of the Silk Road, which played a seminal role in linking East and West together in a complex network of trade and reciprocal exchange. Steeped in the histories of Chinese cultures, Xi'an is rich in museums, including the famous Beilin Museum, whose âStele Forest' represents the most important repository of Chinese calligraphy in existence. Tian Wei left China for Hawaii, in 1986, to pursue a career in the arts. Upon completing his MFA in Hawaii, 1990, he subsequently settled in California. After years of travelling back and forth between America and China, he has been based in Beijing since 2011.