Born in 1969 in Chongqing, China. Living in Beijing, China. Chen Wenbo was born in 1969. He used to live and…


Born in 1969 in Chongqing, China.

Living in Beijing, China.

Chen Wenbo was born in 1969. He used to live and work in Chongqing and since 1999, he has been living in Beijing.

He graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and promptly became one of the preeminent figurative oil artists in contemporary Chinese art. Chen’s characters, young ladies in pink colours with blue eyes and soft skin, depicted on a black-tiled bathroom backdrop, look like robots or celluloid dolls, between fiction and the reality of a cyberworld. Allegories of the senses, they evoke sight, touch, and the pleasure of the bath. Clones of ideal beauty and ideal youth, the whole world would try to resemble them.

The artist seems to enjoy depicting this atmosphere of youth fairytale, but his paintings question the desire of mankind to control it by artificial means, through colorful cosmetics and drugs. Displayed through many exhibitions, Chen’s work was shown notably 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 museums and galleries exhibitions across China, North America, and Europe.



Report, Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art (GCA), Chongqing, China

Carnival, SKP Beijing, Beijing, China

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, Michael Schultz Gallery, 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, Chengdu, China
China 8: Chinese Contemporary Art From China at Rhine & Ruhr, itinerary exhibition, Germany
The Cabinet of Wonders, 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

Auction Bienniale, World Expo Museum, Shanghai, China
Square Cube, ArtDepot, Beijing, China
Timeline - An exhibition of Contemporary Art (Session I), Youmingtang Art Center, Nanning, China
Nightwalk 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
Anmnesis and Extrapolation, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China

Mediation Biennale 08, Poznan, Poland
86 Steps to Nine Layers Heaven, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, Chine.
Portraying Food (and the absence of it), Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
Empty, Milan, Italy

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

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

Biennale of Contemporary Chinese Art, Montpellier, France
Dr. Uli Sigg Collections Exhibition, Switzerland
Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
Chinese Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

All Under Heaven - China now !, Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Sète, France
MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, 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, ARCO 2004, Madrid, Spain

Out of Focus, 25,000 Cultural Transmission Center, Beijing, China
Chinart, Museo del Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Roma, ltaly
Chinart, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

Too Much Flavor, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China
Chinese Modernity, Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paris-Pékin, 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, Netherlands

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

South Western Conceptual Art Show, University of Chengdu, China

Fragmentation, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Chongqing, China

China Oil Painting Biennal, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

The First Guangzhou Oil Painting Biennal, Guangzhou Exhibition Centre, China