Born in Xi’an, 1970, Zhou Bin graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 1990.
He did oil painting in the Old Summer Palace and then Songzhuang in Beijing from 1994 to 1997. Zhou Bin moved to Chengdu in 1997 and since then he has ditched oil painting as a medium, but resorted to performance, installation, photography and video recording.
Zhou Bin is an industrious artist and has a clear attitude towards art. Since 1997, he has made hundreds of performance works and abundant video works which were the reflection he made on the realistic environment and also the demonstration of his research on art from the level of ontology language. From the year 2004, Zhou Bin began to participate in live activities of international performance art. He has participated in events and exhibitions in countries like the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Netherlands, UK, Spain, Israel etc.
Being both a practician and a theorist in the field of performance art, Zhou Bin raised the theme of “Performance Art & Physical and Mental Self-cultivation” at the international performance art symposium and it received a wide attention and strong resonation. In his opinion, performance artists need long-lasting daily training as well, with the main course of feeling the external environment whenever and wherever possible. Zhou Bin hosts workshops in oversea countries like Myanmar, Vietnam, and Spain etc. And he has been employed by Sichuan Fine Arts Institute to teach performance art since June, 2012.
Apart from his artistic production, Zhou Bin engages himself in organizing activities to improve the situation of performance art and pave the way for its development. In 2007, he initiated an on-site art space named “UP-ON”, engineered many international exchange programs including UP-ON International Live Art Festival and invited over 70 artists to China for creation and exchanges. In March of 2009, he launched the multi-media casual on-site experimental program “Celebration--The 1/6 Comments of Freedom”, and it has been shown for 9 rounds in Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Macau, Xi’an and Wuzhen. Over 45 artists have taken part in it through performance, sound and image from China, Germany, Northern Ireland, Japan, Spain, Thailand, Israel, France, UK and America.
Translator: Zhou Mengmeng