Chinese Artist : Qin Tian

August 28, 2018, 4:27 pm

Qin Tian

Qin Tian is born in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. He realized his studies in the CAFA in Beijing, before settling back in Nanjing University of Arts as a teacher in Fine Arts department. He is an excellent sculptor.

His first series of sculpture presented here, were realized in 2013, inspired by “the Fall of the House of Usher” from Edgar Allan Poe.

“During the whole of a dull, dark soundless day in the autumn of that year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in heaven. I’ve been passing alone on the horse’s back through the singularly, dreary tract in the country. And at length found myself as the shades of evening drew on, within the view of melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was, but with first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I looked upon some blank scape for domain, upon the bleak walls, upon the white trunks of decayed trees, with the utter depression souls. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart.”

Qin Tian wanted to create a form, which could express the spirit described in Poe’s novel. The house of Usher is not only merely an old and crapped castle, but reflects the state of being. Looking at his sculptures, the spectator can fell the torture and pain of the body. Nevertheless, shapes of his sculptures are not reluctant. On the contrary, the elegant shapes are attracting for our eyes ; we want to follow the curves of each part. As an insect attracted by the killing light, we feel the evil in Qin Tian’s sculptures but we cannot resist and fall into it !

Usher 3 (106*26*27)


Usher 5 (48*22*27)



Later, Qin Tian decided to focus on a new thematic, based on the « negative space ». When everybody uses a mold as a basic tool to extract a sculpture from it, Qin tian decided on his side to focus on the mold itself, as the negative part of the sculptures. The interior space itself is invisible and intangible, just like the interior of a room, because it is "empty", it can accommodate a lot of things. The internal space itself is an imaginary object, that needs to be filled with the vision of the observer.


Negative Form 3 (100*60)


Positive Form 2 (100*100*60)



The production of Negative is a complete process, and any change in one process will affect the final result ; and a piece dictated by the hazard comes to life.


2006-2011  Bachelor in Nanjing University of Art

2011-2014  Graduated student at CAFA

2013   Exchange Student in Ecole Central des Beaux Arts de Nantes

Solo Exhibitions

2016   Zero scheme sixteenth cycles, AMNUA

Group Exhibitions

2017   REMIX, Golden Eagle Center for Contemporary Art, Nanjing

            Art Nanjing, Nanjing, 2017

            Parallel World, Youth on the Cloud, Nanjing Art Museum

2015   Sculpture Jiangsu, Jiangsu Modern Art Museum

            Korea National University Exchange Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea

2014   Qingdao Biennale

             It happens at the end - about the likeness and dissimilarity of art, Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts