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About This Artist
Moyu Zhang is an internationally collected and awarded artist as well as the founder of Moyu Zhang Studios in Washington D.C. metro area. She painstakingly hand-tools wood to create sculptures that are minimal, emotional, and modernly refined. All her pieces aspire to capture an elusive beauty that combines the poetic and mysterious with a feeling of serenity and purity.
Born in China, educated and practiced in the United States and Finland, Ms. Zhang has worked professionally as an architect, designer and craftsperson. Moyu was an award-winning architect before she decided to make the things she was designing with her own hands. In 2011, Moyu enrolled in the Rochester Institute of Technology to learn Woodworking & Furniture Design. She founded Moyu Zhang Studios after winning her first Niche Award in 2013. In 2018, Moyu moved her studio to Washington D.C. metro area, where she devotes all her work time to sculpting.
Moyu received her M.F.A. from the School for American Crafts at RIT and her B.Arch. from SCU.
Q&A With This Artist
A: I painstakingly hand-tool wood to create time and space inspired pieces that are bold, minimal, emotional, and modernly refined. My work is guided by the purity in concept and the richness in form and color. I respect natural materials and traditional craftsmanship. In my pieces, I try to create contrast, rhythm, depth, tension, and a sense of discovery. I seek to capture an elusive beauty that combines the poetic and mysterious with a feeling of serenity and purity.
A: I found the inner peace when I work with wood.
A: I'm an architect turned artist. I struggle a lot to balance my role as a full time artist and a full time mom.
A: To be honest, every time when I create something new, I’m amazed! I still do after all these years and can not wait to make next idea into something tangible.
A: I do not have a person like that in my life, but I believe Isamu Noguchi and Le Corbusier have shaped my artistic practice.
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