Welcome back to our weekly segment where we pull back the covers on emerging Artists and Designers and give you an insight into their lives, inspirations and childhood!
This week the excellent Guang-Yu Zhang has talked to us about his ambitions, insecurities and the importance of true friendship. He is a full time Chinese Artist currently based out of Shanghai.
Please enjoy this Q&A and to learn more about Guang and his works you can follow his journey here – http://www.guangyuzhangart.com/
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I was dreaming to be a comic artist when was a child. Japanese comic artist, Akira Toriyama was my idol, and his famous work Dragon Ball strongly influenced me. I was thinking I could create a long story like it during my childhood, even though I did not have any professional drawing skills at that time. Somehow I am doing contemporary art now and not comic, haha! Contemporary Art by Guang- Yu Zhang
Did you study at school for art and design and how did you learn the skills you have today?
I majored in Fine Art, actually it is contemporary art at Central Saint Martins. I started learning oil painting in high school, at the beginning when I just entered college. I would like to be a painter likeLucian Freud, I was keen to learn some painting brush strokes in Central St Martins as I knew that Freud graduated from there, but unfortunately no one teaches that. I did not learn anything about design and skills at the university, but I learned and understood how important a unique idea or conception to an artwork is while I was studying in CSM.
My first full-time job was as a Graphic Designer when I came back to Shanghai. That job guided me to be a designer and how to use designers software. Then I created the first piece of artwork of ‘Oriental Memory‘, it is actually an experience of mixture which are my previous classical Chinese theme oil painting and digital technique.
Who or what influences your work?
Actually I am naturally inspired by my experience. A Chinese man who lived in two different cultures, both Chinese and Western cultures influence me.
Who is your favourite Artists at the moment?
Marc Quinn, for now.
What’s your proudest achievement in your career?
I cannot say “proudest” achievement, It’s a hard question for me to answer. There were lots of moments built by from my previous career, each part is important and irreplaceable. But my art collection comes from so many different countries, such as; The USA, Canada, the UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Israel, Hong Kong SAR, and China. You might say this is a proud achievement?
What’s your proudest achievement in your life beside your career?
I’ve got a great few best friends.
If you could give your ten year old self one piece advice what would it be?
No advice. Everything is worthy and valuable, I have chosen the best I am able to choose.
What’s your advice be to those wanting a career in the arts industry?
An Art career is not easy, it needs wisdom. But nothing is easy, so just try it, at l