Dongpeng Wang

Date of Award


Document Type

MA Project - Open Access

Project Type

MA Project - Curatorial Proposal

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Agnes Berecz

Second Advisor

Maria Sancho-Arroyo


Curator Wang Dongpeng takes great pride in unveiling "The Birth of 'A Painting'," an exclusive solo exhibition by the renowned painter You Yong. In this thoughtprovoking display, You Yong harnesses the simplicity of the iPad to craft vivid artworks that capture the essence of individual lives amidst the pandemic. His pieces offer a window into the lived realities within mainland China during these challenging times. This exhibition is an invitation to an extraordinary art experience that breaks free from the confines of traditional art space, promising to leave viewers with lasting impressions. The Birth of "A Painting" stands as a monumental testament to the artistic odyssey of You Yong, a solo exhibition meticulously curated to unveil a captivating series of artworks meticulously crafted on an iPad during the tumultuous era of the pandemic. With the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, our world bore witness to a seismic transformation of unparalleled proportions. Amidst the sweeping tide of global isolation and the reconfiguration of social norms, You Yong, with his extraordinary and visionary approach, seized upon a unique means of responding to this epoch-defining moment. The Birth of "A Painting," his solo exhibition, emerges as a testament to the human condition during the pandemic, offering viewers an immersive journey through a collection of works that resonate with the multifaceted experiences of isolation, resilience, and hope. 3 These artistic creations transcend the mere act of reflecting the pandemic era; they signify a groundbreaking fusion of technology and creativity. Amid this unprecedented era, You Yong embarked on an artistic journey marked not only by profound introspection but also by harnessing the transformative power of technology to craft a new narrative. He wielded an iPad as his artistic instrument, meticulously recording each brushstroke, every nuanced blend of color, and the ever-evolving essence of his creations, leading to an unprecedented documentation of the entire artistic process. "The Birth of 'A Painting'" invites the viewer and offers a rare opportunity to witness the entire creation of a work of art - the journey from a blank canvas to the artist's carefully crafted masterpiece. This show way not just show artist skill to mix old and new, but also go past what old art show can do. At same time, it shows how much can do with digital art. It finds new places in art beauty and show many chances when art meet new ideas. During the exhibition, visitors will step into an art display space, which is transformed from a human living space, trying to imitate the real living environment of humans during the epidemic, and provide the audience with the opportunity to experience artworks in such a space full of collective memories. This show wants to make people remember the hard times and good wins we had in the past three years.