The 1965 in Tunxi, PR China born painter Cai Jin lives and works ‚in between Cultures‘. The artist teaches at the Tianjin Fine Arts Institute and lives therefore six months of the year in China, the other half of the year she stays in New York City.
1990 Cai Jin discovered her first Banana-tree, an experience which influenced her further painting impetus and her theme, based on the possibility given through studies on the German expressionism and oilpainting.
Since nine years she creates series, which are (almost all) titled ‘BANANPLANT’.
The plant, the leave of the banana is for the artist only a reason to surrender to the painting process. ‘Painting is like knitting, one can never stop.’
She develops in her works micro cosmoses, smallest organic seeming structures, which reminds in meat or human tissues.
Cai Jin paints on different paintinggrounds, which are provoking also conclusions towards the situation of women: paintings on canvas are next to paintings on printed silk, mattresses next to painted bike seats, next to paintings on pumps.
The artist was shown in Germany in the exhibitions: ‚China - Aktuelles aus 15 Ateliers‘, München, 1996, ‚Die Hälfte des Himmels‘ Frauenmuseum Bonn, 1998 and ‚Cologne- Beijing‘, Gothaer Kunstforum Köln, 1999.
With ‚Bananaplants‘ the ASIAN FINE ARTS BERLIN will show the first soloexhibition of Cai Jin in Europe.
Further Information of the Gallery
The announced Installation ‘Berlin Wall‘ by the artist Wenda Gu received a dimension, which will not fir into any gallery concept and therefore will be presented because of technical reasons in spring 2000 at another place.
Ramen – Japanese Noudle-Soup-Kitchen: the project was –as part of our last exhibition- that successful, that we will continue it temporarily, Thursday and Friday, between 6- 10 pm in the gallery rooms.