"THROUGH MY BRUSH, I CAN FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL QUALITIES OF HUMAN NATURE."
Yu Jin was born in 1979 and he grew up in Hegang City, a prefecture-level city in Heilongjiang province of the People's Republic of China. Yu Jin - his surname means gold and Yu means beautiful and precious in Chinese, and with such characteristics he has revealed to us the joy of his newborn daughter as one of his very best masterpieces.
In 2004, he graduated from Shenzhen University and shortly after became an art teacher. Working as a teacher didn't satisfy his needs and in 2009, he resigned. An action that became the turning point of his artistic career.
Yu Jin is currently living in Beijing, and he is a formal member of the Oil Painting Committee of Beijing Painting and Calligraphy Art Institute. He is also a member of Shenzhen Artists Association. His work has been in China's art news, Chinese Young Artist and Chinese online media. He also exhibited in galleries, art academies, art conventions and museums in China. Recently (as of 2019), he decided to step up his game by exhibiting abroad and this led to him winning first place at the International Art Prize 2019 in Torino, Italy. This being his second prize to his artistic career.
Yu Jin's work expresses detailed gestures that reflect different emotions through his use of sfumato, creating subtle shading -the perfect metaphor- depicting the specifics of an image with such a necessary elaboration that permeates his paintings. Thus, creating his own and refined style. His art offers us a mysterious generosity that is difficult to resist. An extended version of a minute reality that contains a degree of freshness and purity that you can breathe it in the moment. An instant of existence embedded in your pores as you simply stand there admiring such uniqueness… Yu Jin, as his name implies, makes sure to offer us such characteristics in his art.
Q. Do you remember the first piece of art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. My first piece of art, this question can be answered in two ways. In my mind, the most impressive is a "red sunshine, mountains, and rivers." Children's drawings, of course, strictly speaking, cannot be considered works of art. However, in this piece, I was about 4-5 years old and this painting left an impression in my mind until today (guessing because from a very young age my bedroom walls were always decorated with Zhang sun images).
Now, my first piece of art was at the age of 32. In 2009, I decided to bike around Tibet for two straight months in order to find inspiration, to submerge in their customs in a more detailed way, and to find a certain level of spirituality through their lifestyles. Two years later "Tibetan Expression - His Voice" was conceived. My main focus was on spiritual expression. I took note of the interaction at the spiritual level, without the interaction of the eyes with the viewer, the viewer will see the characters from their heart. From there on, I understood my style and art.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. I am a very creative person. In terms of ideology, there isn't a person that has a decisive influence on me. However, many masters of art history have illuminated my artistic path and I deeply admire them, such as, Rembrandt, Ingres Botticelli, and Fan Kuan, among many others.
Q. Which mediums do you use in your work?
A. I still work in the form of the traditional easel painting, and this is my favorite.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. My philosophy in matters of art is that it should be speculative. Painting relies on the thinking, imagination, and fantasy, all combined in order to get the real sense of the painting which then reveals the truth of self-generation.
Q. What does your art aim to say?
A. I am very focused on the spiritual personality expressed in my work. Leading the viewer into the circumstances my subject lives in. I like processing techniques combined with classical shapes, deformation of emotional outpouring of self-interest, gorgeous color blend of romantic feelings to create a real and mysterious realm of art to bring out the most beautiful qualities in humanity.
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. Apart from painting, I enjoy very much to watch movies and reading books such as Huntington's book "The Conflict Reconstruction and Civilized World Order" and Liu Cixin "Three Bodies." Books that can open one’s brain and brings new knowledge and understanding, that can excite me.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. The artist cannot flow through the waves (inspirations) of others. He must have the courage to constantly challenge himself, and truly express his own heart. It is then, that your personal style will appear.