San Francisco based installation artist
B&W picture of Janchang as a baby in a wooden bathtub Gigi Janchang was born in Shanghai, China. Fled to Taiwan with her family due to the political changes in China.
B&W picture of young Janchang (left) and her mother She grew up in Taiwan, and earned a BA degree in fine arts in 1970. After graduation, she worked as an art teacher until 1984.
Picture of Paris In 1985, Janchang went to Paris. After visiting innumerous museums and galleries, she decided to study art in the U.S.A.
Picture of the San Francisco Art Institute Two years later, she immigrated to the U.S.A. and entered the San Francisco Art Institute to study sculpture, conceptual art and new genre art.
Picture of Janchang working on a model of “Relative Room I” From 1989 to 1990, invited as a guest student, Janchang studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf under Professor Klaus Rinke, and created the first version of Relative Room.
Picture of Janchang taking a picture of “Cross Your Eyes” 1992, Janchang graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and earned a Master degree in fine arts. She has worked as an artist since then.
Picture of “Come and Go” In 1994, Janchang created an 11-meter-long photographic work Come & Go, showed at the National Academy Gallery in Hangzhou, China.
Picture of Janchang posing with “Blue Eyes” 1995, Janchang won the Flintridge Fellowship, and was accepted to the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, where she completed the first version of Blue Eyes.
Picture from “Between Glass” Invited by Gallery 54, Göteborg, Sweden in 1997, Janchang created and constructed a site-specific installation titled Between Glass.
Picture of Janchang with her family The San Francisco Art Institute Adaline Kent Award is presented annually to a talented and deserving California artist. In 1998, Janchang won the award.
Picture from “Relative Room II” In 2002, Janchang participated in the Düsseldorf’s Höherweg E.V. residency program and exhibited a site-specific installation Relative Room II.
Picture from “Up & Down Scaling” In 2002, invited by the Culture Department of the city of Düsseldorf, she showed a site-specific installation Up & Down Scaling in Gallery Atelier am Eck.
Picture of Janchang posing with “Self-Portrait” Gigi Janchang received the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation’s Individual Support Grant in 2004.
Picture from “Above Under Glass” In 2007, she presented a solo exhibition with a large-scale site-specific installation Above Under Glass at Mission 17 Gallery in San Francisco.