Spirit by BiJian Fan, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), 2’x1’x1′
A bird lifts its wings, ready to soar above the Gull Wings Children’s Museum entrance. Swans adorn fountains at the Museum of Ventura County. Work of Beijing-born, Camarillo resident BiJian Fan was exhibited at the Olympic Culture Festival in Beijing. A dragon graces the 2012 McDonald’s Lunar New Year Calendar. It seems that BiJian – paper sculptor extraordinaire – is everywhere. Strictly speaking, his art is not all paper as he employs a number of different materials, including metal, holographic paper and polymer. He learned the art of paper folding and paper cutting from his grandmother. He channels his creative energy into contemporary forms of paper sculpture, integrating folding, cutting, and other techniques into his artistic expression. Growing up he was expected to be a high-achiever, a “dragon child.” BiJian studied in China, Japan, and USA, earning an M.A. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. BiJian values creativity in art, science, and life. BiJian Fan, is an artist who says his “scientific studies have wondrously provided the skills and disciplined creativity needed” to achieve ever greater artistic accomplishments. The FOTM Archive contains extensive information about this artist.