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Living her spirituality along the paths of Qigong, it was at the dawn of her 40th birthday that Guo Fengyi began to reinterpret popular Chinese beliefs in ink and brush drawings. On rolls of rice paper, sometimes measuring up to 10 meters, entities unfold. Sometimes akin to The Pantheon, sometimes to pandemonium, they seem to float in a space-time void. These heretical scrolls were notably exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni.

guo fengyi drawing - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1942 — 2010
Country China

Guo Fengyi was born in Xi’an, central China, in 1942, she obtained her high school diploma in 1962 and found work in a rubber factory. However, severe bouts of arthritis forced her to give up her career at the age of thirty-nine. However, severe bouts of arthritis forced her to give up her career at the age of thirty-nine. has drawn a spectacular amount of attention since her art came to light in recent years. In the hope of alleviating her symptoms, she turned to alternative medicine and found a new spiritual path in Qi Gong.

She started experiencing visions in 1989, as a result of which she produced large numbers of drawings, first on the backs of pages from calendars, then later on rice paper. She worked with Indian ink and brushes, producing works up to five meters long, drawn with no initial plan in mind, discovering her own creation as she worked. The multitude of delicate lines forms ghostly figures, dragons, phoenixes, and faces, sometimes interwoven, smiling and serene or terrifying and monstrous. Guo creates her own path – even if the various representations and popular beliefs linked to Taoism, yi king or qi gong are sometimes underlying in her artworks.

Over the undoubtable magnetism which exudes from her pieces, we face the inevitable question linked to art brut : Is there an art form which is neither cultural or cultic ? Even Guo isn’t answering this enigmatic question but she is still offering to us her grace.  Her works already featured in the Collection d’Art Brut in Lausanne and the Museum of Everything in London, has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale in 2013.

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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2001
18.11 x 61.81 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2004
27.17 x 126.38 in
wuluo - © christian berst — art brut
wuluo, 1991
16.14 x 55.12 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2002
27.17 x 62.2 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
18.11 x 56.69 in
lis - © christian berst — art brut
lis, 1997
18.11 x 48.03 in
Guo Fengyi a chinese rhapsody
Guo Fengyi : a chinese rhapsody - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Rong Zheng
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Guo Fengyi : a chinese rhapsody, from december 10th, 2010 to january 15th, 2011.

Culturas Paralelas:
works from the treger saint silvestre collection, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. From February 17 to April 22, 2023.
the butterfly dream, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève. From January 25 to June 11, 2023.
5th art brut biennial :
beliefs, Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne. From December 17, 2021 to May 1, 2022.
World Exhibition, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo. From July 16 to September 5, 2021.
online viewing rooms, online. From March 4 to 7, 2021.
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Sereno variavel
curated by Antonia Gaeta, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira. From October 31, 2020 to May 2, 2021.
Sexual Personae
curated by Alison M. Gingeras, Hôtel Drouot, Paris. From October 21 to 29, 2020.
Ojo electrico
Casa Encendida, Madrid. September 24, 2019.
danser brut
lam, (musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut lille métropole). From September 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019.
Leben in art brut
coll. Hannah Rieger, Bildraum, Vienna. From July 14 to August 16, 2018.
Histories of violence
a dialogue between the works of the treger saint silvestre collection, Núcleo de arte da oliva, Portugal. From April 14, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
3rd Biennale de l’Art Brut
Bodies, Lausanne, Suisse . From November 17, 2017 to April 29, 2018.
Living in art brut
123 works from the Hannah Rieger Collection, Musuem Krems an der Donau. From September 8 to October 26, 2017.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies, Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal. From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
Save the World ?
Art & Marges museum. From September 30, 2016 to January 29, 2017.
On The Wire
by Jean-Hubert Martin, at the gallery. From April 9 to May 22, 2016.
Drawing Now 2016
Carreau du temple, Paris. From March 30 to April 3, 2016.
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. From March 5 to May 22, 2016.
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
art brut masterpieces and discoveries
carte blanche à bruno decharme, at the gallery. From October 21 to November 29, 2014.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
Collecting Madness
Outsider Art from the Damman Collection Volume #2, Prinzhorn Collection, Allemagne . From March 14 to April 14, 2014.
outsider art fair
paris. From October 24 to 27, 2013.
il palazzo enciclopedico, Venice Bienale #55
curator Massimiliano Gioni, Arsenale. From May 29 to July 28, 2013.
art paris - art fair 2013
Grand Palais. From March 28 to April 1, 2013.
outsider art fair
From February 11 to 13, 2011.
guo fengyi
a chinese rhapsody, at the gallery. From December 10, 2010 to January 15, 2011.
beyond the boundaries season 2010
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 16 to October 16, 2010.
Exhibition view of *Guo Fengyi : a chinese rhapsody*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2011. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut*, curators: ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, austria, 2019. - © kunstforum, photo: nilo klotz, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *on the wire*, by jean-hubert martin, christian berst art brut & jean brolly galleries, paris, 2016. - © jean brolly gallery, christian berst — art brut
Press review
collezionare art brut: non a caso, non per caso intervista con hannah rieger
Helen Hecker, Rivista Osservatorio Outsidersart N°24. September 23, 2022.
rêver l’obscur
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. February 23, 2022.
Comment les croyances animent l’Art Brut
Claire Margat, January 17, 2022.
l’art brut au féminin: un hymne à la vie
éric Tariant, Le Temps. April 5, 2019.
les réprouvées de l’art brut déferlent à vienne
Clémentine Mercier, Libération Next. March 12, 2019.
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art brut la fête des fous
Isabelle Martin-Anderson, Silver Age. July 1, 2016.
Sur le fil
Claire Margat, Art Press N°434. May 20, 2016.
Drawing Now : « La foire est arrivée à maturité »
La Rédaction, AMA. March 30, 2016.
L’outsider art fair à Paris
Eric Tariant, Journal Des Arts. October 31, 2013.
Humains, traits humains
Lorraine Rossignol, Télérama Sortir N° 3328. October 23, 2013.
Exhibiting art brut
Christian Berst Propos Recueillis Par Claire Margat, Artpress 2. August 23, 2013.
La folie de l'art brut
Roxana Azimi, Le Monde. May 14, 2013.
Succès pour Guo Fengyi à la galerie Christian Berst
AMA. March 30, 2013.
Les galeries de taille moyenne peaufinent leurs stratégies
Roxana Azimi, Le Quotidien De L'Art. March 29, 2013.
L’art brut épate les galeries
Eric Tariant, We Demain. February 5, 2013.
mea culpa + mea felicita
Philippe Ducat, Oh Cet Echo. November 14, 2012.
NYOAF 2011
Animula Vagula. February 19, 2011.
Guo Fengyi, une rhapsodie chinoise
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. January 5, 2011.
Guo Fengyi, une rhapsodie chinoise
Paris Art. January 3, 2011.
Guo Fengyi, une créatrice brute chinoise à Paris
Le Poignard Subtil. December 6, 2010.
Une rentrée hors-les-normes
Télérama Sortir. September 29, 2010.
Galerie Christian Berst
Beaux Arts. September 1, 2010.
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
collection de l’Art brut
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Antoine Frérot collection
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
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Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
Hannah Rieger collection
Dammann collection
rêver l’obscur, Julie Crenn
Fengyi Guo

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