Zhang Tianzhi (b.1963)
graduated from Department of Stage Design, Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1989.
He is a standing committee member of Book Design Committee of the Publishers Association of China,
Director of Art Committee of Shanghai Publishers’ Association and a judge for art senior title evaluation in
publishing system of Shanghai.He now works as the art director and a senior editor in Shanghai University Press.
He is a major promoter of Chinese Art Brut and the initiator of Chinese Outsider Art.
Books written or edited by Zhang mainly include Outsider Art I,
Outsider Art II, Outsider Art III, The artists " Hors-Normes " in China,
Interaction—The Art Works of Zhang Tianzhi and Zhou Huiming,
Native Peasant Art Works of Dao Lang Village of Makit County in Kashgar Prefecture and so on.
Zhang has planned a number of cutting-edge art books and other books, and thus won dozens of awards of provincial,
ministerial and even national level.
Many of the books designed by Zhang Tianzhi won important awards.
One Hundred from Li Shan won the Third China Publishing Governmental Prize for Book Design Prize Nomination and
the first prize for the overall design at the Seventh East China Art Book Biennial Exhibition. A Chronicle of
the Ins and Outs of Qing Dynasty won a gold award for the cover design at the Sixth Chinese College Book Design
Appraisal, and Never Leave You Alone won a gold medal at the Seventh. At the Eighth Appraisal of Books Published
by University Presses, A Collection of the World Expo won the first prize for the graphic design, and Astonishing
Mysteries in Ming Dynasty won the first prize for the cover design. Besides, Popular Idiom Dictionary won a silver
award in the exhibition of books designed by 100 university presses nationwide, and Army Uniforms of Ancient China
won the second prize for the cover design at the Sixth East China Art Book Annual Meeting as well as the Tenth
China Book Award.
Zhang’s works have been shown in many major exhibitions domestic and abroad, such as the 5th Biennale Hors Normes
held in in Lyon,France in September 2013 and the Sixth in September 2015,
Exhibition of Masters’ Small-sized Ink and Wash Paintings held by Xinhua Art Academy in May 2016,
Outsider Art: An Uncommon Meeting between French and Chinese Artists held in Shanghai in June 2016,
of which he was also the curator and the seminar host, and Art Lingang:
The Belt and Road Art Exhibition 2016 held by Shanghai Linggang New City Investment & Construction Co.Ltd in
October 2016,the 7th Biennale Hors Normes held in in Lyon, France in September 2017, the Salon Comparaisons at
Grand Palais held in Paris, France in February 2018.
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