Zen painting is a practice to deepen into oneself and explore inner resources.
This way of painting comes from an ancient tradition; it was used by the Zen monks as a concentration technique. The bodily movements helped them to be grounded and present in the moment.
Only black ink (sumi-e) was used in the painting, because the monks believed that all nuances of nature can be represented through the shades of black ink.
During the years, this way of painting and the philosophy behind it, inspired artist coming from different backgrounds and still now a days it appear to be a really contemporary kind of art. Since it touches on our interiority, it can be seen as a kind of art that goes beyond time.
In Zen painting we represent our microcosm which corresponds to the macrocosm, since every element of nature corresponds to a human quality and the paper sheet is the record of our inner state.
The shapes on the paper emerge from the chaos. While we paint we create an order and we find a balance between full and empty, black and white. In this concentrated atmosphere beautiful images come up naturally, as bamboos and orchids or plum blossoms.
Each natural element is associated with a human characteristic. The strokes are the reflection of our inner balance and they show the natural flow of life.