Qin Ai 秦艾


Qin Ai was born in Nantong City, Jiangsu Province in 1973. She graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Nanjing Art College in 1996 with a major in Chinese Painting. With a delicate and whimsical painting style, Qin often uses animals as the main characters within her work. Choosing to combine both traditional Chinese painting techniques with Western art spatial compositions, her paintings often create a strong contrast between reality and illusion, which reflects the artist’s doubts and concerns about everyday life. Qin has exhibited internationally including shows in Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Italy. She held her solo exhibition Close to the Horizon in 2012, which toured three cities: Taipei, Beijing and Nanjing. In 2015, she was featured in a duo exhibition at the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Her works have been collected by museums, including Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, and by private collections. Qin Ai currently lives and works in Nanjing.