After graduating from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1982, Zhou Chunya followed a similar trajectory as other artists of his generation in the new wave art movement, gravitating away from China’s academic realism and instead exploring more personal modes of expression. But while other artists focused on their changing environment, Zhou, while studying at the Kassel Academy in Germany, immersed himself in the study of Impressionism, Cubism and Expressionism, a course of study that led him to his own highly distinct brand of Neo-Expressionism.
Throughout this group of works from a Private German Collection, we can see Zhou’s eye for expression through movement and gesture, his insightful and romantic approach to the human form and spirit. These early works created from the late 1980s to early 1990s not only trace Zhou’s early stylistic experiments but also illuminate the artistic directions that would take him into the next century. Recalling