• Gong Jian, Outside the Window 2, 2008,acrylic on canvas, 97x120 cm
  • Gong Jian, China, 2010, oil on canvas, 165x220cm
  • Gong Jian, Money, 2010, oil on canvas, 165x220cm
  • Gong Jian, My Painting, A Pile of Garbage, oil on canvas, 165x220cm
  • Gong Jian, Left Wing Writer No. 2, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 220x165cm

Gong Jian

Gong Jian, a young artist born in 1978 and educated in Hubei, works in a diverse range of media from painting to installation. Notable for his resistance to the centrism of Beijing via his work from the artistic periphery of Wuhan, he has proven himself to be one of the most interesting artists of his generation. Always willing to forge his own path in terms of stylistic development and social intervention, Gong Jian works in a field of cultural production distinct from his peers in and around the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the results are fascinating.


In his earlier work, he playfully adapted the vernacular of Chinese folk painting to approach absurdist political and historical themes. Particularly well-developed is his blending of oil materials with the older graphic styles of pre-socialist realism folk painting. His brushwork reflects this variety of influences, while his use of color creates striking visual compositions that draw attention to his subtle and ironic social commentary.


Recently, he has moved towards less playful and more academically informed experiments with discourses of depth and authenticity, examining the relationship between style and content. Throughout his career, the artist has concentrated on the concept of the intervention, in both public space and in art history. His newest oil paintings capture the vibrancy and visual interest of his colorful earlier works while maintaining the academic edge of his conceptually rich recent work.


1978 Born in Jingzhou Hubei
2001 Graduated from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts
currently lives and works in Wuhan


Selected Solo Exhibitions



Nothing is Important, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China



You Should Learn to Waite, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China



People’s Park, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China



Unhappy, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan


Selected Group Exhibitions


Text Pause, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
The Annual Exhibition of “Wuhan, Wuhan-An Urban History Linked by Art, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan


Summer 2014: Friends, Pool and Waves, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
You can only think about something∕If you think of something else., Times museum, Guangzhou, China
Re——Modernization, The 3nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts of Wuhan, Hubei Museum Of Art, Wuhan, China


Re: Painting, Platform China, Beijing, China
Painting Lesson II—Negative and Positive Style, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China
Pulse Reaction, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China


15 Days: A Collaborative Work, White Box Museum, Beijing


Hubei and Hunan Chinese Contemporary Art 1985-2009, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou


Poorism, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
Winter Group Show, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing


The 2nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts of Wuhan, Hubei Museum Of Art, Wuhan
Wuhan! Wuhan! , Nanjing Square Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing
Visual Experiences, China National Art Museum Beijing


Twelve---Chinese Contemporary Art Awards, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai
DFOTO—San Sebastian International Contemporary Photography and Video-Art Fair, San Sebastian


The 5th System: Public Art in the Age of Post–Planning, Shenzhen Distance, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou


New Urbanism, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou


Welcome, Jingsha Center, Wuhan


Outside of the Site –Water, Pingu, Beijing  




Liu Ming, Pi Li, Gong Jian, Gong Jian, Hubei Fine Arts Publishing House


Major Collection


Sigg Collection, Switzerland