Wu Chen (b.1983, Henan) currently lives and works in Beijing and Chengdu. His paintings evoke a miscellaneous array of ‘artist portraits’ and layered references culled from sources as varied as picture handbooks to exquisite illustrations from art history. Layer by layer they undergo a child-like process of distortion and reassembly, causing one to wonder at the morbidity of such a whimsical sense of imagination.
Major solo exhibition include: Therefore, the Lonely God Can Only be the Orphan of God, Magician Space, Beijing (2020); Bad Man Can Also End Up in Heaven, Magician Space, Beijing（2017）; Matisse’s Skirt, Magician Space, Beijing (2014). Important group exhibitions include: TRAVERSE · COURSE – 2016 HUAYU YOUTH AWARD, Art Sanya, Sanya (2016); The First Dao Jiao New Art Festival, XI Contemporary Art Center, Guang Dong (2016); The 6th Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu International Conference and Exhibition Centre, Chengdu (2013); The 3rd Terna Contemporary Art Award, Rome (2010); “Youth China” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Museum of University Heidelberg, Heidelberg (2008) Museum and Public Collections: White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection, AUS；Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, CN.
Wu Chen participates in Art Basel Miami Beach 2019
Wu Chen solo project in “Art Expo For Tomorrow” at Beijing Contemporary Art Expo 2020