Born 1942, in X'ian, Shaanxi Province, China; Died 2010.
Guo Fengyi has drawn a spectacular amount of attention since her art came to light in recent years. She 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. She turned to alternative medicine in the hope of alleviating her symptoms, 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 metres long, drawn with no initial plan in mind, discovering her own creation as she worked. The multitude of delicate lines form ghostly figures, dragons, phoenixes, and faces, sometimes interwoven, smiling and serene or terrifying and monstrous.
Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Guo Fengyi, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
The Art of Guo Fengyi, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Guo Fengyi: LANDSCAPEPORTRAIT, Long March Space, Beijing
Guo Fengyi, Long March Space, Beijing
Guo Fengyi, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Guo Fengyi, Collection de L’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
Guo Fengyi: A Chinese Rhapsody, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris
Guo Fengyi, “China in Four Seasons”, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
I am Guo Fengyi, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Guo Fengyi, Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany
Who is Guo Fengyi?, Long March Space, Beijing, China
An Alternative Canon: Art Dealers Collecting Outsider Art, curated by Paul Laster, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Doors of Perception, Curated by Javier Téllez in collaboration with the Outsider Art Fair, Frieze New York
Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
Chinese Medicine in America, Museum of Chinese in America, New York
World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
The Encyclopedic Palace: The 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Collector of Skies, curated by Valérie Rousseau and Barbara Safarova, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Phantoms of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Spring Group Exhibition in Long March Space, Long March Space, Beijing, China
10000 Lives, Gwangju Biennale 2010, Gwangju, South Korea
The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thysse-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition #1, The Museum of Everything, London, UK
Art Statement: Guo Fengyi, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
China Welcomes You...Desires, Struggles, New Identities, Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria
Ink, Life Taste – To Sugar Add Some Salt - 5th International Ink Painting Biennial of Shenzhen, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China
Dirty Yoga, 2006 Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei
Long March Yan’an Project, Yan’an, Sha’anxi Province, China
Building Code Violations, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Art Circus – Jumping from the Ordinary, 2005 Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
Drawing Connections, conference exhibition, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
A Second Sight, 2nd Prague International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague,
The Long March Project - le moine et le demon – Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
Power of the Public Realm, 25000 Cultural Transmission Center, Beijing, China
The Long March – A Walking Visual Display, “What if Women Ruled the World? –dialogue with Judy Chicago,” Lugu Lake, Sichuan Province, China
Kukielski, Tina, "Guo Fengyi." In The Hidden Art: The Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Self-Taught Artists from the Audrey B. Heckler Collection, edited by Valérie Rousseau, 230-233. New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2017.
Peiry, Lucienne, Guo Fengyi, exhibition catalogue, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne.
Jie, Lu, WHO IS GUO FENGYI? A Long March Project, Long March Space, Beijing.
Doran, Anne, "Time out Critics' pick: The Art of Guo Fengyi," Time Out New York, January.
Fateman, Johanna, "Guo Fengyi at Andrew Edlin Gallery," Artforum, January.
Sutphin, Eric, "Art in America Review: Guo Fengyi," Art in America, March.
"The Art of Guo Fengyi in the New Yorker," The New Yorker, January.
Raczka, Robert, “An Unprized Favorite, Puzzling Inclusions, Best Dead Artists and More in the Carnegie International,” Pittsburgh City Paper, March 5.
Hannon, Julie, “A Playful, Soulful Spectacle,” Carnegie Magazine, Winter.
Kent, Sarah, “Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery: Visionaries, eccentrics and misfits share their visions of the future,” TheArtsDesk.com, June 12.
Yuanqing, Sun, “Marching to the Blues,” ChinaDaily USA, May 3.
Ditmars, Hadani, “Taking Charge,” Canadian Art, Vol. 29:2.
Sin, Lena, “The E-List,” Province.
Chauvy, Laurence, “Guo Fengyi, Delicate Magicienne Chinoise,” Le Temps, December 9.
Peiry, Lucienne, “Guo Fengyi,” L’Art Brut, Vol. 23.
Smith, Trevor, “10,000 Lives,” ARTnews, Vol. 109:10.
“China in Four Seasons: Guo Fengyi,” Art & Artworks, September.
“China in Four Seasons: Guo Fengyi,” Tourist Times, November.
Rookes, Felicity, “Artist’s Body of Work on Show,” Taranaki Daily News, September 21.
Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut, France
Collection de l'Art brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Museum of Everything, London, United Kingdom
Collection Treger Saint Silvestre, Portugal