About

Kun Fang is an artist based in Antwerp, Belgium. She works in a range of areas including painting, illustration, contemporary art, video and design. She has received many awards in international art competitions and her works have been shown in over 30 exhibitions worldwide, in cities such as London, Moscow, Athens, Shanghai, Tokyo, Chengdu and Seoul.

Kun Fang

Kun's childhood memories, her poetic statement, her basement performance and street performance express the suppressed frustration of the human. Her lyrical abstract ‘rags’ tell a story of blood and sweat… all leaves a lot of question marks. Who is Kun Fang? We have been knowing her for years before the millennium, we have been working with her, we had lunches and dinners together, we laughed and cried with her, and we think we know her, but is what we think right? Today and always there shall be the mystery of the artist’s life and work.

- Liliane Ruttens, exhibition curator


Kun Fang's work isn't limited to one style but can be organised in series along intersecting themes and recurring symbols. The viewer is struck by the intense color and energy of each work.

Kun Fang's unique color use is inspired by european modernism and eastern traditions of refinement.

The painter and her characters are searching a positive way to identify, and this strikes as real and fragile human. The search never lands in irony but often in (double) meaning.

- Toon Cappuyns, art historian


Kun Fang’s figurative painting intertwines eastern and western techniques and images. The optimism stands out, she rather emphasizes the human exchanges between East and West. Her reflection on the world eventually transforms into work in which temperament and development play a major role.

- Marc Reuters in periodical <H>ART


Kun Fang is an inspiring artist who has passion for art, creativity, and free spirit. In the exhibition “The Digital Body: 3rd International Exhibition on New Media Art” at CICA Museum in 2017 Fang’s performance “Milk and Honey” was featured. The work was a self-video documentation of her simple act of pouring milk over her head while wearing a white top and paties. The intimacy created by the camera angle and content induces tension, slight discomfort, and intrigue. Through the work, Fang wittily yet boldly embodied the sexuality of the digital age. Fang is an artist who expands the realm of Art in the digital age. Fang expresses her emotions and ideas through various media while utilizing her own body to represent and reflect her reality. I strongly recommend her for any endeavor she chooses to pursue.

- Leejin Kim, Art Director CICA Museum South Korea


Cultural background and experiences in western society play a fundamental role in the themes used in Kun Fang’s work. The colors and symbols used refer to eastern mythical and mystical influences. Lyrical and phantasmagorical elements make her paintings very readable and poetic. She evolved to a remarked willfulness and passion in her work.
- Raf De Smedt, former head of department in Royal Academy for Fine Arts Antwerp


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Past events


2022

Turner contemporary, Margate UK


2021

Ecofeminism, Art Pavilion Mile End, London 

Kensington and Chelsea Art Week

Kensal Canalside artwork, London

Bristol photographic community selection 2021, Bristol Photo Museum

Spur community selection, Bristol Art, Bristol UK

The playful turn, Espacio gallery, Shoreditch London


Publication in Whimsical poet, New York


2020

Kensington Chelsea Art Week

Small Pleasures project, Sheffield Arts Centre, UK (featured on BBC Sheffield)

Coantivirus international online art exhibition, NY20+

Boomer gallery, London

EcoFeminism, Art Pavilion Mile End, London

The spring exhibition, Cultural Center of Manchester


2019

Power, CICA Museum, Seoul South Korea

Art vending machine, the People's Republic of Stokes Croft, Venice Biennale, Italy

Yoko Ono's selection My eyes and manifestation, The Public Arthouse, Manchester UK


2018

Exposition 'Artist and Location' and publication 'Digital Body: New Media Art 2018', CICA Museum, Seoul South Korea

Shanghai design Festival, China

Art and action, Den Haag Netherlands (2nd prize)


2017

American art fair, Chicago US

'The Digital Body: 3rd International Exhibition on New Media Art' and 'Subculture', CICA Museum, Seoul South Korea


2016

Amsterdam Art Weekend, Netherlands (photos by Fabien Landwei)

Second Prize 'Mouth', Moscow

Group exhibition in Serge Scohy Galery, Antwerp Belgium


2015

'All the art in this space is not made by Kun Fang', Centre Culturel Aix-en-Provence, France

Museum night fever, Operahuis De Munt, Brussels Belgium

'Active Painting', The Butt Film Fest Breda, Netherlands

Opening show of B&O, Antwerp Belgium

Group show, Fortis bank, Kortrijk Belgium


2014

Group exhibition, Gallery Ludwig Trossaert, Antwerp Belgium

Plantin Moretus Museum, Belgium (exposition of Kun Fang's 'Beauty and Beast' on a wall designed by Stefan Beel)

Group show at the USSL fondation, Beijing China


2013

16th Biennale Poeke, Belgium

Group show at Hanna Reichman Gallery, Wien Austria (curated by Herbert Drethvoll)

Residency and group show "Things that money can't buy / Greeting to John Lennon", Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester UK

Residency and group show "Rebel with a cause", Underground Arts Centre, Hamburg Germany

Group show "Mayday", Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester UK

Group show "Women in the 21st century", Asia Arts Centre, Berlin Germany

Group show "Beholding Beauty", Taipei Arts Centre, Taipei Taiwan


2012

Group exhibition, Szymon gallery, Zoersel Belgium

Group exhibition "New Realism", Red Saloon Beijing Design Week

Group show "Chinese artist and oversea", art foundation ShangHai, Beijing China

Group show "Child of Romantic", Gallery Serge Scohy, Antwerp Belgium


2011

15th Biennale Poeke, Aalter Belgium

Group show for art prize "Luxembourg", Paris France


2010

Solo exhibition, Ludwig Trossaert Gallery, Antwerp Belgium (presentation of the "Red, Black & White" catalogue)

Residency and group show, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing China

Group show, Museum of modern art, Shanghai China


2000 - 2009

Group show "Beijing Story", Campo&Campo Gallery, Antwerp Belgium

Projection "Beijing Story", International Film Fest, Vienna Austria

Projection "Beijing Story", Arenbergschouwburg, Antwerp Belgium

Group show "Panda Restaurant", Chinese embassy, Berlin Germany

Group show, Marguetta Gallery, Rome Italy

Group show, Mo gallery, Beijing China

Group show, Biennale Shanghai, Shanghai China

Group show, New Talents Awards (2nd Prize)

Projection, Fenix TV art documentary, Hong Kong China

Graduation show, Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp Belgium

Press

2016  conversation with people interview of Tom and Sven (discussion island)

2015  interview by Culturele Vereniging Werklicht Rotterdam; numerous articles about kun and 

           co-artists participating the opening in the museum night in brussel

2014  numerous interview with Mafu and ZhangYu and by Guo ming lu

2013  interview with LinBai (universe=love)

2012  interview with Effe, give it away or rise it again, materials today

2011  interview by chinees art news ( forever poetry, kunfang,s artwork) interview with lui zheng

2010  interview with Hart art magazine

2009  interview with founder off chinees independent show Ma lu ming

2008  interview with chinees youth news ( does painting have its own language)

2007  interview with numerous articles about kun and  iron fabric ( art movement )

2006  interview with several chinees  germane and belgium newspaper about kun and her

           masters Fred Bervoets and Mafu.

2004  international promotion chinees fennix tv ( art of kun fang in antwerpen)

2003  article in the several belgium financial economische tijd, de morgen en standaard

2002  article in the several belgium  and chinees art magazine

2001  interview with land and art today (body and mind)

2000  discussion with wang jia xin ( chinees poet ) chinees morning newspaper

1999  art is in our mind  dialoge with lin lang (chinees artist of chinees intellectual art)

1998  speak corner in beijing ( art in its best way)

1997  newspaper in beijing university ( first serie of kun )

1996  discussion panel with ARTIST IN BEIJING ( DING FANG, AIWEIWEI, GEORG BASELEITZ )

Commissions

2000  The Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, Kun gets the first command in her life to

           make an abstract work of the color blue.

2004  collection by Frank Uytterhaegen MCAF in Gent (big danser), Belgium

2005  work for command for Lawyer Bond of Antwerpen, Belgium

2006  work for commission Roma Art lodge, italy

2007  work for family Fantin, Belgium

2008  collection by Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), China

2009  commission love for the children by American Art Center in New York, China

2010  commission (the time) in creative center Shanghai, China

2011  commission landart in shangdong china

2012  commission art and reality in Game Center Tian Jing, China

2014  commission beauty in the eye of the beholder Roma, Italy

2015  commission active art by museum community of Brussel, Belgium art commision