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Exhibition represents a coming together of Eastern and Western art traditions

Officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and members of Miami-Dade County’s Asian-American community gathered at Miami International Airport’s Central Terminal Gallery on May 15 to celebrate the opening of OO-SIANG ART, the airport’s latest art exhibition featuring the work of South Florida-based artist couple John and Jean Chen, collectively known as John Chen. The opening reception was also part of MIA’s commemoration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

OO–SIANG ART, which literally translates as "formless art," is the Chens’ personal art philosophy and embodies them both. The exhibition’s ultimate goal is to illustrate the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang - harmony between Nature and Human Beings. Consisting of Chinese ink wash, watercolor and acrylic on handmade rice paper, these works - created between 1986 and 2015 - emphasize the remarkable artistry of traditional Chinese brush and ink paintings.

John Chen’s work integrates traditional Chinese art methodology with Western style by emphasizing the tint and color into abstract varieties, yet at the same time maintaining the brush paintings with ‘Zen’ influence. The artwork in this exhibition represents a coming together of Eastern and Western art traditions.

Given MIA’s numerous cultural and economic ties with Asia, we are pleased to host this impressive art exhibition by John Chen and to celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. More than 400,000 passengers travel between Miami and Asia annually via connecting flights, making Miami the busiest U.S. market without nonstop passenger flights for leisure and business travel to that region. Additionally, Asian cargo flights and tonnage at MIA have more than doubled in the last 10 years. More than $5.2 billion of cargo flow between MIA and Asia annually, with China ranking as our busiest Asia trade partner in both volume and value, at a value of $2.1 billion.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González

The OO–SIANG ART exhibition continues the primary mission of the Aviation Department’s Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division, which is to humanize and enrich the airport environment through the commission of contemporary artwork and the presentation of exhibitions in various media that communicate culture, environment and art resources of an international scope. To learn more about other exhibits in the MIA Galleries, visit

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