• Zhan Rui February 4th 2010 to April 25th 2010 – Variations in the Weather No.1 2010 Acrylic on canvas 190×190 cm
  • Zhan Rui May 19th 2010 to August 7th – Time for sex and love of No.72 Service Provider at the Sauna 2010 Acrylic on canvas 180×180 cm

By dismembering the existence of everyday life, Zhan engages in a cleansing process of expression and description. The remaining petty elements found in Zhan’s paintings are systemised, and a space for the self is found; for example, attempts to return the changes of the weather, which once offered boundless material for the poetic imagination, to the status of shriveled geometric figures by keeping daily emotionless records and portrayals. Ultimately, the original poetry is transformed into hand-drawn pixels and cold abstraction. The artist never indulges in the use of varied forms to elucidate those elements of life that the self cannot master, but rather uses monotonous graphics to record nature or society, cautiously marking the changes and demarcations of the manifold things of this world—a category that includes the artist himself.


1980  Born in Wuhan, Hubei
2004  BA in Fine Art, Oil Painting Department, Hubei Institute of Fine Art
2006  MA in Fine Art, Fine Art Department, University of the Arts London
Currently works and lives in Wuhan, China


Selected Solo Exhibitions


‘Everything is going to be alright’, United Art Museum, Wuhan, China


‘After good health, money is the best thing to have’, Yangtze River Space, Wuhan, China


‘The Stock Exchange, Weather and Sex’, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China


Selected Group Exhibitions



‘Soft Abstraction as Constellation-Chain of Methods’, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
 ‘Daybreak’, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
‘Text Pause’, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
‘DM@CC’, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
‘Frequent exchange of visits’, The Art Gallery of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China
‘Inter-Subjectivity’, Huayu Hotel, Sanya, China
‘Wuhan,Wuhan- An Urban History Linked by Art’, Wuhan Art Museum, China


‘Memo II’, White Space, Beijing, China
‘Social Dimension’, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
‘The Other, The Distance’, Hubei Museum of Art/Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Wuhan/Kaohsiung, China/Taiwan
‘The sort of life for the sort of world’, The Art Gallery of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China
‘Climate-Jianghan Stars Project: 2014 Research Exhibition on Young Artists’, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
‘Re-Modernization:3rd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts’, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
‘Soft Abstraction as Constellation’, UCCASTORE, Beijing, China
‘New Generation of Abstract Art’, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, China  
‘Chinese Contemporary Art Research Exhibition’, Union Art Museum, Wuhan, China
‘YAO: The Imagination From Land To Homeland’, Yucun Art Museum, Suzhou, China
‘International Youth Art Salon’, Museum of Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, China


‘Gradualness-Jianghan Stars Project: 2013 Research Exhibition on Young Artists’, Wuhan Art Museum /Today Art Museum, Wuhan/Beijing, China
‘Crossover-A Dialogue Between Chinese Artists and The New Italian Art Scene’, Tesa113 Arsenale Nord, Venice, Italy
‘Cover’, Dingyun Art Salon, Wuhan, China
‘Self-discipline and Speculation’, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China
‘River, Lakes and Seas’, The Library of Hubei, Wuhan, China
‘Academic Sight -The First Hubei Youth Sculpture Exhibition’, The Library of Hubei, Wuhan, China


‘Visual Structure’, A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu, China
‘Breaking Away-an Abstract Art Exhibition’, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
‘Retrospect and Prospect-Hubei Oil Painting Art Exhibition’, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
‘Image Mash Up’, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
‘Self, Trapped and Troubled in a Cultural Space That Has Lost Its Voice’, The Art Gallery of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China
‘Gallery Hotel Art Project’, Gallery Hotel, Beijing, China
‘Something Will Inevitably Happen’, K11 Art Village, Wuhan, China


‘Trailer’, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
‘Multiple Exchanges’, Wuhan Land , Wuhan, China
‘Art Unforbidden:Group Exhibition of Chinese Young Artists’, National Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
‘Youth at Upstairs, Nomination Exhibition by Young Critics 2010’, Times Art Museum, Beijing
‘Re-Read: 2010 Survey of Wuhan Contemporary Art Exhibition’, K11 Art Space, Wuhan, China
‘Fortress Besieged’, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China