Shi Guowei

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Shi Guowei (1977, Luoyang, Henan) currently lives and works in Beijing. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in photography from the Department of Visual Communication at the Tsinghua University Academy of Arts & Design (the former Central Academy of Art and Design) in 2002, and he received his master’s degree in photography from the Fachhochschule Dortmund in 2006.


Shi Guowei’s solo exhibition include: The Drawn Out Moment, Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP), Shanghai, China (2021); A Walk in the Woods, Magician Space, Beijing, China (2019); Crossing Four Girls Mountain, Magician Space, Beijing, China (2016); Shi Guowei Solo Exhibition, SZ Art Center, Beijing (2014); What Year Is It Today, In-Shine Gallery, Beijing, China (2010); Old Stories, Contemporary Retellings, Cetus Gallery, Shanghai, China (2008).


Selected group exhibition: SIGG : Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection, SONGEUN Art Space, Seoul (2023); The First Beijing Biennial, National Base for International Cultural Trade, Beijing (2022); ReBirth– Encounter with Nature, Choi Center, Cloud House, Beijing (2022); Exuberance is Beauty, Song Art, Beijing (2021); The Curation Workshop II: Story and Structure, OCT Art&Design Galler, Shenzhen (2020); Theme Exhibition of the 6th Anniversary of 33 Contemporary Art Center, 33 Contemporary Art Center, Guangzhou (2020); Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery, London (2020); Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection, MAK Museum Vienna, Vienna (2019); Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Chongqing (2017); Nature: A Subjective Place, Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP), Shanghai (2016); Don’t Shoot The Painter, Galleriad’ Arte Moderna Milano (2015); The Civil Power, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing (2015); The Bright Eye of the Universe, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York (2015); Made in China, London (2013); The 6th Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu (2013); Pop Sensation from the UBS Art Collection, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (2012); China: Memories & Imagination, Albemarle Gallery, London (2011); Dimplom-Arbeiten Dortmund Photography Exhibition, Germany (2006).

A Walk in the Woods, exhibition view

Left: Flourish Green, 2018, C-print, color ink, 140 x 111cm
Right: Growing, 2019, C-print, color ink, 96 x 83cm

A Walk in the Woods, exhibition view

Lichens, 2018, C-print, color ink, 164 x 135.5cm

Crossing Four Girls Mountain, exhibition view

Crossing Four Girls Mountain, exhibition view

Karen Smith | A Walk in the Woods with Shi Guowei

“So, whilst Shi Guowei may have made a fine photographer, he was also possessed of a strong interest in painting, which could not be denied. Thus, the practice he has adopted and evolved satisfies both interests, offering a neat solution to these parallel concerns. At the same time, it consciously blurs the boundary between painting and photography, undermining the apparent reality of a photograph with the conceptual invention of a painting in ways that are deceptive because they are barely apparent.”