Chen Yiching is a contemporary artist from Taiwan. She practices the traditional Japanese art of «nihonga» which literally means Japanese-style painting. This very demanding technique consists of using only natural materials (wood, paper, rock, sand, bone) in creating a work. The pigments, obtained through various minerals including azurite and malachite, are mixed with animal glue (nikawa) which is made from fishbone or animal hide. Paper and stretched silk are the main mediums but wood and canvas are also used. In principle it is like water colour with the blank spaces (yohaku) playing an important role in the work.
Yiching gets her inspiration from a very personal sentiment she holds for nature. Her paintings ( floral compositions, clumps of forests, various animals) are proof of her sentiments. She expresses this sensibility through a thoroughly mastered and delicate language.
During her university studies, in Taiwan, she discovered nihonga, which she rapidly adopted. This quickly found her terrific success in different fairs in Taipei, Chung Bu and Tai Yang and consequently she decided to wholly devote herself to this discipline. In 2002 she went to the Kyoto School of Fine Arts where she was lucky to come under the auspices of Grand master Takao Yamazaki. During her education she received several awards and distinctions from Japanese exhibitions and in particular obtained the Shohaku museum's prestigious Grand prix. Atsushi Uemura, another nihonga master remarked her work and took her on as a pupil. In 2004, her first own exhibition was a total success and she obtained her diploma. Shortly afterwards she came to France to study western art and find new inspiration.
Since 2011, based on her experience Chen Yiching has been holding a workshop at the National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet. She is also the author of «Découvrir la peinture nihonga » (Eyrolles) the first book in French on the subject.