Zhang Ding was born in 1980 in the city of Zhangye, (Northwestern province of Gansu), China. He graduated in 2003 from Oil Painting department of Northwest Minority University in Lanzhou (capital city of Gansu) and from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province in East China) in 2004. He works and lives in Shanghai.
Zhang Ding was awarded the Tanc Asia Prize in 2015 and Porsche Young Artist of the Year prize in 2017. His work has been collected by the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, the DSK Collection, Beijing; the Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland.
His projects include videos, sculpture, installations, paintings and live performances, depicting urban-life and underground culture. In 2014, Zhang Ding founded the art label CON TROL CLUB. By integrating artists, geeks and musicians, the Club has presented gatherings and parties with sound, immersive A/V installations, exploring the dialectics of control/anti-control and expanding the concept of authorship.
Zhang Ding’s 2017 solo exhibition Vortex at ShanghART, (Shanghai) was a newly created virtual world mechanical installation, 17 meters long, 11 meters wide, 4.5 meters tall and occupying the entire first floor of the gallery. 8 tracks were supported by 12 steel columns from floor to ceiling with power generators, chains and sensors and automated mechanical software controlling 20 pieces of 115cm by 57cm LED screens, along the ceiling tracks 4 stereos were placed on four corners to provide 4 channel sounds in synch with the mechanical movements creating a sense of movement and across the space.
His recent solo exhibitions include High Speed Forms at OCAT, Shanghai (2019); Safe House, using three spaces simultaneously in Beijing was co-initiated by the KWM Art Center, the Wyoming Project and the Bunker (2018); Vortex, ShangART, Shanghai (2017). In 2016 a solo exhibition Devouring Time at Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), transformed the museum into a golden jail and live-streamed 150 VIP guests dining together. In 2015, Enter the Dragon II at K11 Art Museum, Shanghai and ICA, London, he invited 44 musicians of various genres and styles to challenge the rules of music.