Min Zou: Contemporary artist. Chinese.
Received MA degree in 2008. Received BSC degree in 2004. Studied in Europe and China both. An Artistic adviser of the China International Philatelic Network. A special offer artist in Painting and Calligraphy Academy of the Yangtze River.
Art works of mine have attended auctions for many times, and some artworks were collected by some arts organizations?some Museums of Fine Arts and collectors from domestic and abroad widely.
In 2011, my oil paintings were selected into "Chinese calligraphy." by Chinese Culture Publishing Press.
In 2011, published the "art, philosophy and science."
In 2011, the oil paintings were selected into ?ChinaHR?.
In 2012, oil paintings were selected into ?the Great Master?by Chinese Painting and Calligraphy art press.
In 2012, oil painting works and art view were reported by http://info.wenweipo.com/index.php? Action - viewnews - itemid - 55683 http://arts.cntv.cn/art/special/hl/zoumin/index.shtml
In 2012, oil painting works were selected into the Artbarcs global project which Lucy Liu ladies and Mr Rosenzweig jointly established .
In 2012, oil painting works were selected into the public welfare activity which China international stamp collecting co., LTD. and the national post office and the national telecom department jointly carry out - editing, publishing and issueing "scientific development, creating brilliance, celebrating the eighteenth big" cover material--the images of some my artworks are on the stamps and the telephone cards.
In 2012, A signed artist of www.cang.com; and oil paintings were selected into the Journal of cang.com.
In 2012, the oil painting works were selected into Limited Edition Stamp Issue activities of the Chenlong year in Japan , and the oil painting “Garden of Hope" was collected by the Japanese Post Office.
In 2012, the oil painting works were selected into the 2013 calendar of the painting and Calligraphy Association of China, and the oil paintings "Green" and "Roam" were collected.
In 2012, oil painting works selected into the desk calendar and Yearbook of artxun.com, and the paintings "A happy little girl" and "silence" and so on were collected.
In 2013,Oil paintings were selected for the international art exhibition of Shangdong.
In 2013, Oil paintings were selected for ?China Innovation think tank?by the Chinese Association of Culture and information.
In 2013, Oil paintings were selected for ?Hebei contemporary Painting and Calligraphy?.
In 2013, the Artworks of oil paintings are in cooperation with International Exchange Center of Chinese Painting and calligraphy.
In 2013,Oil paintings were selected for ?Leadership Journey?,and the painting “Tropic rain forest” was collected.
In 2013, A signed artist of www.cang.com; and oil paintings were selected into the Journal of cang.com.
In 2013, Oil painting works were selected into the Yearbook of artxun.com, and the paintings "Rose" and so on were collected.
In 2013, oil paintings works were selected into ?artistic horizons?,and the painting “reflection” was collected.
In 2013, the calligraphy and painting exhibition of the quintessence of court, Beijing.
In 2013, oil paintings won the Excellence Award of the first Pangu art network contest of calligraphy and painting of China dream.
In "Art, philosophy and science", in the face of that some artists said Art is nothing, I emphasize the artistic value, and said it has not only aesthetic functions, but also the social function. Science in the final analysis is to serve mankind, and is for the happy life of human. Art, philosophy and science complement each other, with the service of humanity.
The universe, we all know, is the sum of time and space, one-dimensional time and multi-dimensional space of scientific speculation exist in the world we live in, and now scientists believe that space is of 10-dimensional, but we can only feel the three spatial dimensions and a time dimension. If a space is of less than two-dimensional, which certainly can’t produce life, and it is also hard to imagine a higher dimensional space.
For my understanding and pursuing of art, I have painted oil paintings in 2010, the main theme of which is in a series of space-time. They also are the accumulation of my natural science and philosophy of knowledge of many years. The paintings are my comprehension of the universe, the exploration of life. I try to describe the profoundness, infiniteness and mystery of the universe by my paintings, and try to display the hierarchy?the depth?the greatness and the infiniteness of the universe in front of people, for people to taste the endless universe, crossing the time, time travel and magic blurred galaxies. In this series of paintings of time and space, I put not only my Chinese painting technique of years into the Western oil paintings, but also the actual situation theory/ yin and yang theory of Chinese philosophy, and especially take space-time as the media to form my own unique painting language. In 2011,Beijing Phoenix Culture and Arts Salon Phoenix held a Solo exhibition of Time-space series of painting exhibition.
First of all, I think the everyone’s art is the embodies of his / her own cultural knowledge and cultural connotation. Everyone speaks on his / her cultural background. Different cultural backgrounds, and different social experience can lead to different ideas, then create different arts. Everyone just exerts his / her knowledge and wisdom as much as possible.
I would like to explore the more deep-seated things by exploring the philosophy of time and space, and see the essence of things through the surface phenomenon of things, then see the develop and future of things. Look upon the world at an extremely broad mind and endless horizons. The same for the art, describe this universe - the sum of space and time with a great spirit and imposing manner, and integrate knowledge, wisdom, and emotions into my paintings.
All knowledge fields (including art) eventually up to reach the level of philosophy. By exploring the viewpoint of time and space, we can see the different philosophical viewpoints during the different periods, and the development of science and technology promotes the formation of philosophical concepts. A history of philosophy is the complex of concepts of different periods. When the art combines with science, the art is of scientific; When the art combines with philosophy, the arts is of philosophical (depth); When the science combines with philosophy, the science is of philosophical.
When art, philosophy and science into one, it goes beyond the science, the philosophy and the art single individual, which makes the art be of scientific and profound (philosophical) with levels and depths, and no longer just explore the phenomenon of surfaces of things. So there must be a certain philosophy of knowledge, a certain artistic heritage, a certain scientific knowledge in the person to deeply understand the combination of art, philosophy and science! This is what I have been exploring and pursuing. I hope my art will be of deep and profound, not just staying in the surface phenomenons of things.
The highest state of art is also a philosophical realm. Philosophy is the highest state of all scientific knowledge. No matter what fields of knowledge, he/she will become a philosopher when he / she reaches the highest state, but the philosophy is also based on the science. Therefore, different periods, different regions, different philosophical concepts. A history of philosophy is the complex of different ideas in different periods. The advancement of science and technology promotes the formation of philosophical concepts.
Of course, to reach the highest state of art, to achieve the level of philosophy, we not only have knowledge and wisdom, but also have a transcend state of mind, the sentiments free from vulgarity, boundless horizons, and broad mind. Not an common person can achieve, not just one day to achieve, she is something inside, she is a kind of spiritual realm, but also must be carefully to comprehended by heart....
Someone asked me: "Does not this exist: the mathematics deductive is beyond or instead of a physical exploration, and people believe it. "Yes, to some extent, this exists. Many physics experiments can not be confirmed in the experiments. This is why Hawking, the world's greatest scientist, did not obtain the Nobel Prize, because his theory can not be proven and disproved! So, some people say that the physics has come to a dead alley, so, many physicists have change their occupations.
The same to the Philosophy. From ancient Greek philosophy to postmodernism, deconstructionism, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Wittgenstein, Sartre, Derrida and so on. In 2007, I asked a professor ( University of Cambridge ) if the philosophy went to a dead alley, she replied: "go on, the road there!"
The same to the art. From the ancient art to the modern art, Classicism, Rococo art, Neoclassicism, The romantic, Realism, Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Fauvism, expressionism, Cubism, Abstractionism, Surrealism, Abstract expressionism to Pop art, and so on. So someone said the art comes to a dead alley. Now people just repeat the previous arts without innovation!
All theories are valid within a defined range. Out of this range, not easy to say! Because people's knowledge and understanding is limited! Especially for a scientific theory.
Art also. This is why the art history exists! Different periods , different regions and different cultures, different art!
Of course, the art is different from the science. The science reflects the laws of the objective world with the human reason. The art reflects the world through the human sensibility, including objective and subjective world. For the science, it is more of "discovery", and for art, it is more of "creation." The art is a reflection of the true feelings of human heart.
The artists express and communicate their aesthetic susceptibility and aesthetic ideals by art creativity, the viewers meet their aesthetic needs and obtain the aesthetic feeling by art appreciation. Aestheticism is the perfect play of aesthetics. In addition to aesthetic value, arts have other social functions, such as cognitive function, education function?mold functions, and entertainment function and so on. Among, the social function of art is that people understand the nature?the society?the history and the life through art activities. The educational function of art is that people are nurtured and influenced with the truth?the goodness and the beauty through the art activity, which can lead to the changes of the thoughts?the feelings?the attitudes of life and the values. The entertainment function of Art is that people get the spirit enjoyment and aesthetic pleasure and aesthetic needs.
Science is a kind of social ideology, which is the knowledge system about the nature, the society and the law of thinking development. There is not only objective factors in science, but also the human factors. The nature comes first, then human come, after human exist, then the natural sciences come, so, anyhow the natural sciences are man-made out. There must be some human agreed factors in the human language? the human thinking way? the experiments by people. In science, what factor is the truth factor and what factor is a human construct factor is now a problem in the philosophy of science.
The art itself is a special way that a human takes emotion and imagination as the characteristics to grasp the world, and also is the visual reflection of the real life and the spiritual world of human. With the development of society, the imagination and creativity of human are keeping getting on. The art breaks the boundaries of space-time, enhances people's sentiment, expands people's imagination, stimulates people's thoughts and feelings, and cultivates people's temperament. The art activity is not only an important part of the spirit civilization of a nation, but also an important part of the spiritual life of the individual. Outstanding artworks are the common spiritual wealth of all mankind.
Why Socrates could become a great philosopher, because he said he was ignorant. We have to see our own ignorance,then we can progress. Only after we go-ahead, we can see the meaning of our own existence. Because people are of not only rational, emotional, but also thinking and intelligent.