Chen Wenbo

Born in 1969 at Chongqing, China.

Live in Beijing, China.


Chen Wenbo was born in 1969. He used to live and work in Chungqing and since 1999 has been living in Beijing.He graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. He is one of the preeminent figurative oil artist in contemporary Chinese Art. Chen’s characters, young ladies in pink colours, with blue eyes and a soft skin, depicted on a black-tiled bathroom backdrop – between the fiction and the reality of a cyberworld – resemble robots or celluloid dolls.

Allegories of the senses, they evoke sight, touch, and the pleasure of the bath. Like clones of an ideal beauty and ideal youth the whole world would be trying to resemble. The artist seems to enjoy lingering on describing this younth fairytale atmophere but his paintings question the desire of man control it by artificial means, through colorful cosmetics and drugs. Chen’s work appeared in a solo show at Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, as well as in a traveling show that was exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Kunstmuseum Bern, and the Peabody Essex Museum, among others. His work regularly appears in museum and gallery exhibitions across China, North America, and Europe.



“Day and Night,” Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

“The Fat Years,” Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY


ABIO-VIEW, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

Chen Wenbo: Broken Series - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


Chen Wenbo: Asian Rays, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
Chen Wenbo: Epidemiology, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany


Back door, Chen Wenbo 2003, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China


Chen Wenbo Solo Exhibition, Galerie LOFT, Paris, France 



"Doctrine of New Capital: Huang Yu Collection Exhibition,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, China
"No Candy to Make Trouble,” Yang Art Museum, Beijing, China

"Flower and Style - Exchange Exhibition between Taiwan and China,” Ant Nest Art Gallery, ZhangZhou, China
"China 8: Chinese Contemporary Art From China at Rhine & Ruhr,” NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany; Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany; MKM Museum Kuppersmuhle fur Moderene Kunst, Duisburg, Germany; Kunstmuseum, Mulheim an Der Ruhr, Germany; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Skulptrenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany; Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany; Kunstmuseum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
"The Cabinet of wonder,” Heiqiao Art District, Beijing, China
"Illuminated,” Gland Space, Beijing, China
"The Civil Power,” Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

“Re-View,” Long Museum, Shanghai, China
"Civilization,” OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China
Harmonious Society: Asian Triennial Manchester 2014, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
Blue Roof Art Festival, Chengdu, China
"Broached Retreat,” UCCA, Beijing, China
"Life Path,” Wang Xingwei studio, Beijing, China
"Shanghai Deal," Radical Space, Shanghai, China
"M Home: Living in Space,” UCCA, Beijing, China
"Aftermath: Post-Sensibility, Fifteen Years On,” Duddell’s, Hong Kong

1st Auction Biennial, World Expo Museum, Shanghai, China
"Square Cube,” ArtDepot, Beijing, China
"Timeline- An exhibition of Contemporary Art (Session I),” Youmingtang Art Center, Nanning, China
"Night-walk at Heiqiao,” Heiqiao Art District, Beijing, China
"Village Poem,” Gland Space, Beijing, China


LATITUDE/ATTITUDE : 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China


Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Erotic, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China


16 Years of Running a Gallery, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
Inaugural exhibition, Hadrien De Montferrand Gallery, Bejing, China
All the Great Modern Things - Chinese Pop, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany
All the great modern things: CHINA TOTAL, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
Anamnesis and Extrapolation, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China


Mediation Biennale 08, Mediation Biennale, Poznan
86 Steps to nine layers Heaven, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, Chine.
Portraying Food (and the absence of it), Galerie Walsh, Chicago, IL, Etats-Unis
Empty, Milan, Italy


Neo Painting from China, Galerie Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
RE-collection - A Retrospective Look at 15 years of Art and Vision", Galerie Schoeni Art, Hong Kong
Ddmwarehouse 2000-2007, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China
Floating - New generation of Art in China, Nation Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South korea
Modern Chinese Art, Nation Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South korea
Barcelona - Paris - Pekin, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelone, Spain
Neue Asiatische Kunst, Thermocline of Art - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
We are your Future, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA
2 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, Moscou, Russie
Vanguardias Chinas, Galerie Dolores de Sierra, Madrid, Spain


6th Shanghai Biennale - Hyper Design", Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, Chine
Contemporary China", PKM Gallery, Seoul, South korea
Beyond the Canvas, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong


The Biennale of Contemporary Chinese Art, Montpellier, France

Dr. Uli Sigg Collections Exhibition, Switzerland

The Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

Chinese Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


All Under Heaven - China now!, Koninklijk Museum, Centre Régional d'Art

Contemporain de Sète, Sète, France

MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium

East of the South in the West/West of the South in the East, Villa Arson, Nice, France

Temporality, LA Gallery, Beijing, China

Object System: Doing Nothing, ARCO2004, Madrid, Spain


Out of Focus, 25,000 Cultural Transmission Center, Beijing, China

Chinart, Museo del Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, ltaly

Chinart, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary


Too Much Flavor, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China

Chinese Modernity, Foundation Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Paris-Pekin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

Chinart, Museum Kuppersmuhle Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg, Germany

Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Miragel, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China


Chinese portraits, François Mitterand Cultural Center Périgueux, France

Personality and sociability in Arts, Guangdong Art Museum, China


Representing the people, Tyneand Weir Museum Newcastle, UK

Starting a new channel in 1999, Dongyu Art Museum Shen Yang, China


Confused, Contemporary Art Fair Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Chinese Video Art 1997, CIFA Gallery Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


South Western Conceptual Art Show, exhibition hall of The Communications

University Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China


Fragmentation, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Chongqing, Sichuan Province, China


China Oil Painting Biennal, China Art Gallery Beijing, China


The First Guangzhou Oil Painting Biennal, Guangzhou Exhibition Centre

Guangzhou, China