Guoying Stacy Zhang is a writer, curator, and art consultant. Specialising in Buddhist art and Chinese art, she is dedicated to advocating cross-cultural understanding and inspiring the contemporary world with ancient cultural heritage.
Guoying Stacy Zhang obtained MA (Distinction) in Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies and MA (Distinction) in Buddhist Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art as a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation scholar. Prior to that, she was educated at Fudan University and UC Berkeley. Since 2010, Ms Zhang has worked with leading museums, auction houses, art galleries, cultural and religious organisations, including Christie’s, Palace Museum in Beijing, Shanghai Museum, Sotheby’s, Wutai International Institute of Buddhism and East Asian Cultures, and Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong.
With her expertise, communication skills, and business acumen, Ms Zhang has accomplished many exciting projects in her career, such as promoting private museums through research, publishing, and public relations, curating an exhibition on Buddhist art at the sacred pilgrimage site of Mount Wutai, and bringing traditional Chinese dance to the Qatar National Day celebrations.
Her approach in work combines theory, object, experience, and emotion. Her articles were published through Arts of Asia, Forum (University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts), and presented at Princeton University. Moreover, in her column at Buddhistdoor, Ms Zhang travels extensively and interviews religious masters, scholars, artists, and private collectors, revealing authentic Buddhist teachings and rare art objects to the general public.
In addition to her own research and curatorial work, Ms Zhang has helped organise conferences, support exhibitions, and translate papers of leading scholars in the field. She also interpreted at the World Buddhist Forum, the International Symposium on Gupta Sculptures and their Chinese Counterparts (400 to 700 CE) organised by the Palace Museum, and the International Conference on Buddhist Archaeology in China and South Asia co-organised by Chinese Academy of Social Science and Peking University.
In the years to come, Ms Zhang will continue to promote Buddhist art and wisdom, Chinese art and culture, and cultural exchange, in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organisations. Meanwhile, she would like to venture into fundraising to support others’ academic and artistic projects in the field.