Ding Yi was born in 1962 in China.
He studied at the departments of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Shanghai, where he can started a continuous dialogue with Western modernist art and traditional Chinese aesthetics. Also he worked in an industrial printing press that allowed him to think over the processes of design and reproducibility.
In the late 1980s -while Ding Yi was still a student- he began a series of painting experiments entitled "Appearance of Crosses", in which he used the "x" and "+" forms as a recurring motif; over time this pattern became his signature. Through the constancy and thoroughness of his work a rational symbology is woven, from which a serie of reflections of the industrial work, manual production and urbanization emerge. In a context of a post-socialist China.
With the intention of merge painting and design into a single form of expression, Ding Yi's artistic practice covers painting, sculpture, installation and architecture. His work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Daimler Art Collection in Berlin, the DSL Collection in Paris, Leeum, the Samsung Art Museum in Seoul, the Long Museum in Shanghai, M + in Hong Kong and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.
Ding Yi lives and works in Shanghai, China
Appearance of Crosses, 2017, Mixed media on basswoood, 240 x 240 cm.