Each month, catch up with one of FOTM’s Documented Artists, find out what they have been up to, get a glimpse into their studio and learn how their artwork is integrated into FOTM’s award winning arts education outreach, Learning to See.
This visit features BiJian Fan, a sculptor who, in addition to traditional materials such as metal, uses non-traditional materials such a holographic paper and polymer. He channels his creative energy into contemporary forms of paper sculpture, integrating folding, cutting and other techniques in his artistic expression.
BiJian learned the art of paper folding and paper cutting from his grandmother. Growing up, he was expected to be a high-achiever, a “dragon child.” BiJian studied in China, Japan, and the USA, earning an M.A. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. BiJian values creativity in art, science, and life. The artist says his “scientific studies have wondrously provided the skills and disciplined creativity needed” to achieve ever greater artistic accomplishments. In addition to an impressive exhibition history, his works have been featured at the Gull Wings Children’s Museum (formerly in Oxnard), the Museum of Ventura County, and at the Olympic Culture Festival in Beijing.
These studio visits will be different from FOTM’s Spotlight Series and other events you may have attended online. See you in the studio! featured artists have all been documented by FOTM and are the inspiration for the lesson plans of FOTM’s in-school art program, Learning to See Outreach. Education Director, Aimee French affirms, “The artwork and life stories of these extraordinary artists in our community provide our youth with present day role models who have excelled in pursuit of their passions.”
This new series is FREE to the public. RSVP and register below to receive your Zoom link. Even though the event is free – donations are always appreciated!
Focus on the Masters (FOTM) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), art appreciation program that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists.