Shen Fan

1955, Shanghai China

Introduction

Shen Fan was born in Shanghai in 1955 and graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the Shanghai Light Industry Institute in 1986. He started painting abstract works in 1980s and deconstructing forms and space in his paintings. He is one of the pioneers who incorporated classical Chinese elements into contemporary context. During 1990s, while his works are composed of monochromatic patterns and Western Minimalism, they keep the distinct characters of classical Chinese art by painting on rice paper and applying numerous calligraphy-like black strokes to his work. Starting from 1998, he has been applying Chinese elements to his paintings on various mediums and materials, exploring the possibilities of painting and new media. He created groundbreaking installations for the 2006 Shanghai Biennial, which were created in tribute to Huang Binhong and reexamined the brushstrokes and composition of classical Chinese paintings.  We will be displaying his Chinese elements-embodied abstract works from the early 1990s.



Biography
1952
             Born in Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China
1962             Moved to Shanghai, China
                     Graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Shanghai Light Industry Institute (Now known as Shanghai                       Institute Technoligy), China
1997             Professor, Shanghai Huashan Fine Arts School, China
2008             Artist in Residence, The Collection Studio, Lincoln, U.K.
Currently      Lives in Shanghai, China


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008  
  • I have Been Here, Usher Gallery; The Collection of Lincoln, Lincoln, U.K.           
  • The Collection, Shen Fan Solo show, The Collection Studio, Lincoln, U.K.
2004  
  • Shen Fan, Gallery Jochen Holtje, Tubingen, Germany
2003  
  • New Painting by Shen Fan, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.
1998  
  • Shen Fan, 14-1 Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
1997  
  • Shen Fan, Consulate General of France, Shanghai, China
  • Un/Limited Space, #1 Shen Fan, Consulate General of Germany, Shanghai, China
1988  
  • Shen Fan, Max Planck Institute, Tubingen, Germany
  • Shen Fan's Works on Paper, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  
  • Chinese Abstraction, Art Basel Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • The Stars: Art Education Achievement Exhibition, Jingan Culture Centre, Shanghai, China
  • Redefining the City with Context • Beyond the Wall: Xi’an Contemporary Art Exhibition 2018, Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China
2017  
  • The Reason Why Classic Is, Artron Art Center, Shenzhen, China
  • Mass Energy 1862 HBC Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shipyard 1862, Shanghai, China
2016  
  • Wu Speech, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2015  
  • China 8, Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
2014  
  • Trace – 2014 Xin Tian Di Contemporary Public Art Exhibition, Xin Tian Di, Shanghai, China
2013  
  • Another Utopia, Shanghai Abstract Art Exhibition (Home), Mingyuan Art Center, Shanghai, China
2012  
  • Images and Words: Since Magritte Era, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • A New Way to Play with Ink-Contemporary Chinese Ink Art in Three-Dimensional Context, Zendai Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai, China
2011  
  • Brussels Oriental Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
2010  
  • New Ink Art, ART HK 01, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Shanghai, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S.A.
2009  
  • Out of Shanghai, Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany
  • Human As Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
2008  
  • Five Years of Duolun, Chinese Contemporary Art Retrospective Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • Heading with Times Group Exhibition of Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Reforming and Opening up Policy in the Yangtze River Delta Area, 1978-2008, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
  • Pu Jie and Shen Fan, ArtChina, Hamburg, Germany
  • Shanghai Kaleidoscope, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, Canada
2007  
  • China Today Art Week, Prism: New Media Arts Exhibition, Art Gallery of Austria chancellor's office, Vienna
  • The Nobleness Found on Paper, Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, Guangzhou, China
2006  
  • 6th Shanghai Biennale, Hyper Design, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2005  
  • Alien Illusion, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2004  
  • Beyond Dimensional Space, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2003  
  • Chinese Maximalism, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing; University at Buffalo Art Galleries and Museum Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo, U.S.A
  • Wind aus Shanghai, Kunst der Gengenwart aus Shanghai, Architekur Centrum Post an Stephansplatz, Sortierhalle, Hamburg, Germany
2002  
  • Quick Look!, Shanghai Zhejiang Jiangsu Anhui Contemporary Art Exhibition, Consulate General of Switzerland, Shanghai, China
  • 2002 Shanghai Abstract Art Group Show, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai
  • Metaphysics 2002, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
  • Wind aus Shanghai - Kunst der Gegenwart aus Shanghai at Architekur Centrum Post an Stephansplatz, Sortierhalle, Hamburg, Germany
  • Ost + West-China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
2001  
  • Metaphysics 2001, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
2000  
  • Shanghai Art Museum Collection Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
1999  
  • Fortune Global Forum, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jinmao Podium Bldg., Shanghai
  • BM99, Bienal da Maya, Maya Art Center, Portugal
1998  
  • New Voices: Contemporary Art Dialogue Among, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai; Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong; National Taiwan Art Education Institute, Taipei
  • China! Touring Exhibition, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, German
1997  
  • 1997: Hong Kong China, Liu Haisu Museum, Shanghai
  • Four Artists from Shanghai, The Center of World Trade, Bremen, Germany
  • Outburst, The College of Fine Art of Shanghai University, Shanghai
  •  Quotation Marks, Chinese Contemporary Paintings, National Art Museum, Singapore
  • China! Touring Exhibition of Modern Art, Artist's House, Vienna, Austria; Charlottenburg Exhibition Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark; Zacheta Modern Art Mudrum, Warsaw, Poland
1996  
  • Direct d`Art, Salon International D' ART Contemporain, Palais der Expositions, Nice, France
  • China!, Touring Exhibition, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
1995  
  • Shanghai Fax Art Exhibition, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1992  
  • Shen Fan and Qiu Jie, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
1986  
  • "M", Performance & Conceptual Art Exhibition, Hongkou District Cultural Centre, Shanghai


Selected Collections
National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
M+Collection, Hong Kong