Born in 1978 in Jiangsu, China. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Xu Qu graduated with a BFA from Nanjing Art Institute in 2002 and an MFA in Fine Arts and Film at Braunschweig University of Art, Germany in 2008 before moving to Beijing, where he currently lives and works. Known for his original multiform approach and richly varied work, Xu Qu is one of the most interesting creative talents from the new generation of young Chinese artists who grew up in the 1980s.
Installation, performance, and video artist Xu Zhen combines humor and irony in his works, offering critique of political and art-world systems of human exploitation. Xu’s works, made both individually and (since 2009) through his collective practice MadeIn Company, have been frequently censored due their violent or erotic themes.
Zhang Ding’s practice is mainly presented through his solo projects, which includes video, installations, paintings and live performance. His works play on ideas of sensory perception and will, constructing absurd scenes full of contrast, often creating metaphors layered with societal references. These may be seen as a series of deconstructed mise-en-scène, or as an environmental sculpture of twisting and merging emotional atmospheres.
Zhang Zhenyu was born in Hunan Province, in China. He studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing ( oil painting department ).
Zhao Yao’s work inhabits the dichotomies of ancient and modern that has disrupted Chinese life since the Cultural Revolution. With a background in graphic design, his work seems part of a Western abstract tradition but also freighted with symbolism: the use of denim, a material idealized for proletariat durability in the West, is a reminder of 1980’s Chinese fashion; seemingly enigmatic geometric patterns are derived from brain–teaser puzzles.
Zhao Zhao was born in Xinjiang, China, in 1982. He graduated with a BFA from the Xinjiang Institute of Arts from the department of Oil Painting in 2003. Zhao Zhao’s multidisciplinary body of work is an inspection of China’s contemporary profile, and the socio-political consequences of individual human action.
Wang Sishun was born in Hubei, China, in 1979. He graduated from the Fine Arts Sculpture department at Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. Wang Sishun applies a Dadaist methodology to his installations and sculptures; he decontextualizes objects and reforms them into something new for the purpose of his creations.
Wang Guangle is a Chinese artist, born in Fujian in 1976. He is regarded as a leader among China’s younger generation of painters and a pioneer of abstract and conceptual art. The artist had five solo exhibitions and participated in nearly 80 group shows.
Qiu Xiaofei’s (b. 1977, Harbin, China) artistic practice includes oil painting, watercolor, drawing, sculpture and installation. The concept of his work engages relationships between personal experience and history. Recently, his work focuses on the psychological state during the creative process.
Ma Qiusha was born in in Beijing 1982, and now works and lives in Beijing. She received her BA in art from China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, in 2005 and MFA from Alfred University, New York, in 2008. She has been widely exhibited, including shows at National Museum of China, Minsheng Art Museum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, ZKM, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Groninger Museum, Tate Modern Museum, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
Liu Wei (b. 1972, and lives and works in Beijing, China) explores 21st century socio-political concepts such as the contradictions of contemporary society and the transformation of developing cities and the urban landscape. In many of his sculptural and installation works, he uses found materials that are re-contextualized to draw new meanings out of the materials from which they are made.
LI Shurui was born in Chongqing, China in 1981. She is now living in Beijing. Always observant to her physical surroundings for what catches her eye, and fascinated by light and the colour spectrum it produces, Li began her lights series in 2005 using airbrushing.
Jia Aili is a painter born in 1979 in Liaoning, China. After graduating from the oil painting department at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China, in 2004, he began to solidify a painting style wrought from the movements of the Old Masters in Western cultural history.
Hu Xiaoyuan (born 1977) employs a variety of media within her works, including video, performance and installations. She uses mixed materials such as hair, old cloth wood and insects, to re-examine the relationship between subject and form, time and space.
Conceptual artist He Xiangyu is perhaps best known for his headline-grabbing work The Death of Marat (2011), which featured a life-like resin sculpture of the corpse of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei placed in the window of a German gallery.
Born in 1985, Tianzhuo Chen is currently living and working in Beijing, China. After graduating from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London, he received his Masters in Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
Cheng Ran was born in 1981, in Inner Mongolia. China. In 2004, he graduated from China Academy of Art. Currently he lives and works in Hangzhou, China. Cheng mainly focuses on new media and his artworks are mostly videos and films.
Juxtaposing past and future and primitive and high-tech, Guan Xiao employs modern technology to address and unravel her cultural and physical environment and personal thought processes. Her work disregards linear time, instead considering diverse cultures and artifacts in a more holistic manner. Her comparisons of regionally and chronologically disparate objects expose similarities among civilizations, regions, and eras while avoiding solid conclusions.
Ran Huang is a progressive young artist with a body of work encompassing film, video, sculpture, installation, photography, painting and drawing. Critically interested in perception, Huang often incorporates juxtaposition and paradox into his works in ways that are both visually and conceptually driven.
Born 1986, Yuanjiang, currently lives and works in Hangzhou, China. His recent solo presentations include: Yīn Shì Pī Lǐ Chún (Inspired by Transliteration), HDM Gallery, Hangzhou, China, 2017; MEIWE at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); and Mediation at Antenna Space, Shanghai (2014).
Liang Shuo is a Chinese visual artist who was born in 1976. Liang Shuo has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Beijing Commune and at the Aliens Center for Contemporary Art. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘Urban peasants’ sold at Hosane ‘Oil Painting & Sculpture’ in 2007 for $366,122. There have been many articles about Liang Shuo, including ‘Why Do Art’s Coolest Institutions Love K11 Art Foundation So Much?’ written by Grace Banks for Forbes in 2016.
Lu Pingyuan, born in 1984 in Zhejiang province, China, is an emerging artist who works and lives in Shanghai. Lu Pingyuan’s practice involves a variety of media, including texts, installations, videos, paintings and others. He is particularly good at drafting « stories » as a unique type of media for art creation, and has written numerous art-related short stories of fantasy.
Lu Yang (b.1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media artist who creates fantastical, often morbid visions of death, sexuality (or a-sexuality), mental illness, and neurological constructs of both real lifeforms and deities.
Qin Jun received his BFA from the Sculpture Department of Dalian Polytechnic University in 2010. In 2011, he received his Master’s degree from the Department of Fine Arts at the Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton, England. Qin Jun currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
Yan Xing , born 1986 in Chongqing, China is an artist in performance as well as installations, video and photography. He grew up in Chongqing and currently lives and works in Beijing and Los Angeles.
Yang Xinguang is more interested in exploring his materials than in making a statement, taking as his subject his own attempts to convey and create meaning rather than the result of those attempts.
Zhou Yilun is a young and promising Chinese artist born in 1983, who uses canvas as a playground for his social commentary.