Chen Tianzhuo was born in Beijing in 1985. He received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art and Design and Central St. Martin’s College of art and Design from 2007-2009. Chen currently lives in Beijing and London.
His work includes performance, performance videos and installations and has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions in London, Manchester, Dubai, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, including fashion weeks in London and Shanghai. Many of his artworks require the participation of others, such as an underground party, happening, staged performance, a constructed ritual site transforming reality into fantasy.
Within his artworks, Chen mixes his well versed knowledge of elements and symbols found in religion (like Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Shamanism, etc.), subculture (like cult cultures, drag and rave, etc.), popular culture (such as cartoons, hip hop and electronic music, etc.) and dance (like Japanese Butoh and Vogueing) in order to juxtapose the atmosphere and cause the audience/participants to transcend both superficial sates of the body and spirit. Tianzhuo Chen’s important solo exhibitions include Tianzhuo Chen (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015). He has also participated in group exhibitions, such as Observer-Creator: The Representation of Reality through Young Chinese Art (Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Beijing, 2015), Tomorrows Party (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2014) and Decorum: Carpets and Tapestries by Artists (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014).