Kiki Fleming was born in Guangzhou, China in 1942 of Danish/English parents. After the war Kiki Fleming moved with her parents to Hong Kong where she spent most of her life. Parallel to her work as an artist, Kiki Fleming also worked as a choreographer and event designer for the most prestigious names in the fashion industry such as Hermès, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Gucci, Fendi and many others. Her real love, however, was for painting and in 1995 she left Hong Kong to live in Italy to pursue her passion. Since the year 2000 she has exhibited in Museums and galleries in Italy, New York France and Germany.
Kiki Fleming is a skilled cosmopolitan painter who clearly displays an ability to interpret subtle expression of thought, to stimulate the imagination and to spur new emotions.
Her refined compositions are formed with simple color fields which often resemble the merging of mists and clouds in the heavens while her more pristine rectangular shapes and lines define, what she calls, her changing horizons.
The glowing reds, whites and oranges of her brighter paintings contrast with the sombre colors used in her darker works. These delve into the innermost recesses of the human mind where unconscious voids and distant memories are amalgamated with collective legacies and layers of subjective emotionality.
Through the lyrical tension in her paintings and the power of her colors and tonal reverberations she is able to touch and stir the deeper psychological chords of the soul.
The combination of letters and brush strokes, that sometimes appear in Kiki Fleming’s paintings, have an intriguing mechanism that urges the viewer to try and unravel the mysterious language, decode the message or read the poem. Whatever their meaning, the words and letters seem to burst onto the canvas with speed and decision as does graffiti on a forbidden wall. Yet on some works the flowing letters are faint and hardly visible as through they are trying to hide an ancient secret or to record a fading memory.
Her works abound with controlled energy while exploring the eternal quest of “chiaro scuro” both in art and in life. With great intelligence and sensitivity, she creates a spatiality that is both varied and linear, almost schematic, that leads ultimately to the creation of her own poetic universe.
Kiki Fleming lives in the mountains of Umbria where the sky’s resplendent transitional hours of dusk to dawn are a constant source of inspiration. Profoundly touched by these naturalistic wonders, she transfers her impressions on the canvas not in a direct and realistic illustration of the vistas that inspire her, but instead, allows the impact of the scene to filter through her mind. She states that “whatever happens on the canvas is not a direct reflection of reality but an emotive expression of captured time and inner space.”
Kiki Fleming has showcased her artwork in exhibitions all over the world, including Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Rome. Art and Space Gallery is proud to show her work for the first time in Munich.
IN HONG KONG
1968 Hong KongJoint show with Yu Tao Chen – Mandarin Hotel.
1970 Hong KongSolo show at Mandarin Hotel
1971 Hong KongAuction show for charity at Mandarin Hotel.
1972 Hong KongGroup show with selected Hong Kong artists
1974 Hong KongGroup show with selected Hong Kong artists
1976 Hong KongGroup show “Occidental Horizons”
1976 Hong KongGroup show Hong Kong Arts Festival
1978 Hong KongGroup show “Art the visual Experience”
1990 Hong KongSolo show at Devon gallery, Lan Kwai Fong
1992 Hong KongSelected by jury for the first biennale held by the Hong Kong Museum of Modern Art
2001 TuscanySolo show “Il colore dell’Anima”, Galleria La Loggia
2002 TuscanySolo show at Torre del Guardo, Sansepolcro
2003 UmbriaSolo show, Meozzi, Pistrino
2004 TuscanySolo show, Monte San Savino
2004 TuscanyGroup show “Da de Chirico a Ferroni” Sansepolcro
2004 Germany Group show, Rothenburg Art Museum
2004 UmbriaGroup show “Colori della vita”, Citta di Castello
2004 RomeGroup show, Galleria Monogramma
2005 UmbriaGroup show “la voce dentro”, Bastia Umbra
2005 UmbriaGroup show “Deruta per Asia”, Deruta
2005 Bologna “Confronto da Museo Kiki Fleming, Angela Pellicano Museo d’arte della generazioni italiane del ‘900 G Bargellini
2005 RomeSolo show “Tra essenza ed esistenza”, gallery Monogramma
2005 CalabriaSolo show, Gallery Il Triangolo
2005 CalabriaGroup show “Bovarche V”
2005 UmbriaGroup show “Artisti stranieri in Umbria”, Corciano
2006 TuscanySolo show “Il colore come Seduzione” Cortona
2006 UmbriaSolo show “Il colore del Inverno”, Badia Petroia
2007 UmbriaGroup show “Wunderkammer1”, Citta di Castello
2007 UmbriaSolo show, Meozzi, Pistrino
2007 UmbriaGrouo show, Domus Art, Citta di Castello
2008 UmbriaGroup show “Il colore della Pace”, Perugia
2008 UmbriaGroup show “Arte come terapia!, Citta di Castello
2008 UmbriaGroupo show “Wunderkammer 2”, Citta di Castello
2008 Germany Solo show at Palais Saldfeld, Quedlingburg
2008 BolzanoSolo show at Calleria Capricorno
2008 CalabriaGroup show, Techne Contemporary Art.
2008 CalabriaCastello Ruffa di di Scilla, with Angela Pelicano
2009 CalabriaGroup show, Villa Zerbie, Reggio Calabria
2009 UmbriaGroup show, with Arte(fare), Citerna
2009 ParisSelective Art Gallery with Sabina Ferocci
2009 Tuscany 2009 Florence Biennale
2010 New York Amsterdam Whitney Gallery
2010 Calabria “Bovarche X”
2010 Ferrara Group show, Trevisan Contemporary Art.
2010 Munich Solo show, Art and Space Gallery.
2011 Ghent Art fair with Palma Art
2011 London Group show, “Spirit of Art”, Galleria Pall Mall
2011 Bologna Group show, “Little Treasures”, Trevisan International Art
2011 Citerna Solo show featuring collages and miniatures
2011 Pistrino Installations (sculptures) at Bartocini Museum
2011 Moscow “Art Moscow Fair“ with Art and Space Gallery
2012 Milan Milan art fair with Palma Art