He Xiangyu was born 1986 in Kuandian, Liaoning province and is based in Beijing and Berlin. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Shengyang Normal University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree.
His works are in public collections include: Kuntmuseum Bern; Switzerland; Pinault Collection, France; Domus Collection, USA; Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Mercator Foundation, Essen, Germany; Artron Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; M WOODS Museum, Beijing, China; Sishang Museum, Beijing, China. In 2014, He was a finalist in the « Future Generation Art Prize, » Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev.
He Xiangyu’s experimental practice can be seen as both a material testing ground and conceptual laboratory that investigates diverse personal, social and political themes. Part of a generation of Chinese artists who grew up during a period of rapid urbanisation he has said that “I’m seeking to adjust and guide people’s perception through the material changes within the object”, using a range of media to reflect on philosophical ideas such as the increasing materialism and obsolescence of our society as well as the effects of the institutionalisation and commercialisation of contemporary art. His large-scale works, such as The Coca-Cola Project (2009-2011) and Tank Project (2011-2013), explore both objects and symbols from everyday life.
Recent solo exhibitions include Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, England (2019); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); A4 Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2012); Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany (2011); and Wall Art Museum, Beijing (2010). Group exhibitions include the Chinese National Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale (2019); Mao Jihong Arts Foundation/Centre Georges Pompidou, Chengdu, China (2018); Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany (2017); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2016); 13th Biennale de Lyon, France (2015); Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014); Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2014); 7th Busan Biennale, South Korea (2014); 5th Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2014).