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Through a dynamic language of abstraction, Zhang’s oil paintings convey a visceral engagement with the surrounding natural environment while evoking the depth of human emotions. With a calligraphic execution, his bold and gestural brushstrokes demonstrate a unique physicality and spontaneity, which resonate with early influences of Abstract Expressionism and the Automatistes Movement. The luscious colors and rich textures dictate each composition by accentuating its inherent physicality, and in doing so, add a sculptural quality to the painting.

While the expressiveness of his painterly strokes make a definitive statement of their own, Zhang is not solely interested in creating the allure of texture; rather, it is part of his integral painting process to achieve an overarching state of equilibrium on canvas: between positive and negative spaces, the thick and thin, and contrasting color tones. In fact, the very act of breaking existing patterns requires great instinctive judgment and continually challenges the artist, in order to achieve a harmonious formulation of movement and thought. As such, Zhang engages in the ongoing dialogue to reinvent abstract painting by seeking to evoke a fundamental state of existence through an intimate encounter with nature, the cycle of life, and the plethora of human emotions.


Zhang He (b. 1963, Shenyang, China) lives in Montreal. He has been part of several international exhibitions in the last two decades, including the Florence Biennale (Italy), the National Gallery of Thailand (Thailand), Art Toronto, Art Miami and Seattle art fair. Zhang has been featured in numerous publications including: Vie des Arts, Canadian Art, and Parcours. 

Select Solo and Group Exhibitions

2024        Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto

2023        Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal 

                In Rhapsody, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver

2022        New Arrivals, Momentum Gallery, Nice, France 

2022        25th Anniversary Exhibition, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery,                     Vancouver

2022        In It Together, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto

2020        Pictura, Galerie Z Art Space, Montreal, QC

                Floral Breeze, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC

2019        Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto ON

2016        Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto ON

2015        Z Art Space, Montreal, QC

2011        Gallery DeNovo, Ketchum, ID

                International Biennale Artists Show, LuminArte Gallery,                 Dallas

                Chinese Artist Contemporary Arts Exhibition, National                   Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

                International Art Meeting-Collective, Florence, Italy

2010        International Biennale Artist MIAMI, Nina Torres Fine                     Art Gallery, Miami, FL

                ll Palaclo Gipsoteca Libero Museum Andreottl, Pescla,                   Italy

2010        John Scotti Jaguar-Land Rover: New Model Exhibition,

                 Montreal, QC

2009        Artbank Gallery, Beijing, China

2008        Luxun Art Institute, Shenyang, China

                Galerie d’Este, Montreal, QC

                Sunshine Art Museum, Beijing, China

                Art Westmount, Montreal, QC

                ShangHai High Noon Art & Culture Centre, Shanghai,                   China

2007        Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON

                Galerie Pangée, Montréal, QC

                Galerie d’Este, Montreal, QC

2006        Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art, Vancouver, BC

2003        HAN ART, Montreal, QC

2002        Gallery DeNovo, Ketchum, ID

Select Public and Private Collections

Tiffany & Co

LVMH Group

JSF Capital

Proment Corporation, Montreal, QC

Swatow Group, Montreal, QC

Fraser Milner Casgrain

La Coop Fédérée

IACO Intl Aviation Corp, Montreal, QC

Pfiffner Mgmt, Montreal, QC & Zurich

Lise Watier Intl, Montreal, QC, Paris

Monit International, Montreal, QC

Hot & Spicy Inc, Canada & China

L’EQUIPE Uomo Montreal, QC

Ta Yu association

Bertrand Deslauriers, Bureau des Avocats

Association du Nouveau Monde, Hong Kong

Studio Verstile ltee Inc. Montreal, QC

Graphic Design Studio Paul Tom Inc. Montreal, QC

Howard Szalavetz Properties Montreal, QC

Cormark Securities Inc, Toronto

Elements, Toronto, ON

HUI Architecte, Montreal, QC

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