International award-winning Chinese-American painter and 1964 Kenyon alum, David Diao (b. 1943 Chengdu, China) retraces his childhood experience of Hong Kong during the years immediately following his family’s escape from Communist China and prior to emigrating to the U.S. In these paintings, Diao’s abiding interests in modernism and history converge in luxuriously sensitive surfaces on which memories of a young boy in a state of limbo are graphically represented.
Diao’s work is included in many major collections, including the Hirshhorn, MoMA, Whitney, and SFMOMA, among others. In 2014, Diao’s work was featured in a solo show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and, in 2015, a large-scale comprehensive retrospective was organized by The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. This exhibition is dedicated to Joseph Slate, professor emeritus of art at Kenyon.
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Image: David Diao, "American Dream in HongKong," 2016. Acrylic and collage on canvas. Courtesy of Postmasters Gallery, New York.
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