Born in Beijing in 1962, Zhan Wang studied at the Beijing Industrial Arts College for a year from 1995 – 96. He returned to the same college to further his studies from 1978 -81. Two years later, he spent five years studying in the Sculpture Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing before graduating in 1988.
Zhan Wang is widely recognized as one of China’s leading contemporary artists today. Working in installation, photography and video, his sculpturally informed practice challenges ideas of landscape and environment, addressing the urban, rural, artificial and industrial. Zhan Wang’s art is a particular perspective fundamentally anchored in his relationship to his own cultural heritage.
Throughout the 1990s, as a young artist Zhan took part in many group exhibitions and sculpture competitions in China (Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guilin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai. In 1996 he began to exhibit overseas, invited to participated in platforms such as the International Sculpture Wild-Open Show in Fukuoka, and “The First Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Artist” at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Between 1997 – 99, he was also invited to exhibit at The Watari-um Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Hayward Gallery in London and the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre in New York, and other exhibitions in Taiwan, Auckland, Chicago and San Francisco.
In the 2000s, the artist continued to actively participate in many exhibitions and platforms in China such as the National Art Museum of China. For international exhibitions, he has exhibited his work in Asia: Singapore, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan,; in the USA, San Francisco, Washington D.C and in Europe, Venice, Brussels, Budapest, London, Sweden and Germany. Notably in 2000, Zhan took part in the 3rd Shanghai Biennale at the Shanghai Art Museum. Three years later in 2003, Zhan participated in the Chinese Pavilion at the 50th edition of the Venice Biennale.
To date, Zhan Wang has exhibited extensively in major museums and galleries across the world including the National Museum of China (Beijing, China), Williams College Museum of Art (Massachusetts, USA), Kunst Museum (Bern, Switzerland), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), International Center of Photography (New York, USA) and the Asia Society Museum (New York, USA) just to name afew. He has also executed a number of art projects at significant landmarks such as Mount Everest and the Great Wall of China. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
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