Ni Rong

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Ni Rong was born in Beijing China in 1957. Her family lived in a Qin Dynasty courtyard. The old and the post-communist eastern cultures influenced her thinking during her childhood.

After high schooI, she was sent to the “countryside” and worked as a farmer for three years in a remote village in the mountains. In 1985, she traveled to the United States for graduate school education, at the age of 28.

The artist has spent the second twenty-eight years of her life in the United States. Since she left China, she has “lived in the dichotomy of two worlds, East and West, Old and New. Where home is, and what home means, are questions I live with each day.”

“In America−Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter” is a series that explores Asian-American identity through self-portraiture. The work focuses on the artist’s search for an emotional home and a sense of belonging. It is about leaving one culture behind and adapting to a new one. “This work has renewed my deep appreciation of home and helped me make connections to my remote home in China and my new home in the Land of Freedom.”


Born
Beijing, China 1957

Resides
Rockport, ME

Awards

2013 - Honorable Mention, InFocus Juried Show Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum, Palm Beach, FL
2012 - Best in Show, InFocus Juried Show Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum, Palm Beach, FL; Honoroable Mentions in International Photography Awards y the Lucie Foundation in the categories of Editorial: Political, Editorial: Other_Ed, People: Children; Honorable Mention, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop Portrait Contest
2010 - Third Place, Maine Photography Juried Show in Color, Boothbay Region Art Foundation
2008 - Honorable Mentions, International Photography Awards by the Lucie Foundation in the categories of Editorial: Phot Essay; People: Culture, People: Portrait, and Nature

Exhibitions

  • 2013
    InFocus Juried Show Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum, Palm Beach, FL

    Maine Photography Juried Show, Boothbay Regional Art Foundation

    AIPAD Exhibit, Gary Edwards Gallery, New York, NY

    Photo LA, Time-Space Studio, China

    Classic Photo LA, Gary Edwards Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012
    InFocus Juried Show Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum, Palm Beach, FL

  • 2010 - 2011
    ”The View Project,” book and traveling exhibition by Joyce Tenneson, exhibited in: Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; Gallery 27, Santa Barbara, CA; Palm Beach Photographic Center, Palm Beach, FL

  • 2010
    Maine Photography Juried Show, Boothbay Region Art Foundation