Born in 1960, Guo Wei graduated in woodcut program at Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, and currently lives…


Born in 1960, Guo Wei graduated in woodcut program at Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, and currently lives and works in Sichuan Province, China. He is a pioneer of early group oil painting exhibitions at mainland institutions in the 90’s.

Guo Wei consistently insists on the individual figure, and many of his subjects are Young girls that surround him, often his own daughter.

Although trained in woodcut, he has mastered oil painting, playing with the sculptural qualities of the material ; for instance, in the exhibition, “Fabrication” showing works in which the artist makes cut-outs from acrylic canvases. Guo Wei’s bold use of colour reflects the vitality of his subjects, and spray-paint effects add an urban touch to his paintings.

We could sum up his production in a renewed reflection on individualism, strikingly rising after the deep changes in Chinese society over the past few years.

Guo Wei has had several gallery and institutional exhibitions, including Centre Pompidou and Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul.




Spot Light – China Youth Art Exhibition, Bund18 Creative Center, Shanghai, China


Democratising China - Vue Privée, Singapore
Portal & Virginia Miller Galleries, Miami, USA


Erotic, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China
Guo Wei / Barthélémy Toguo, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China


On Love? On War? Prominent Contemporary Chinese Artists, Stux Gallery, New York, USA
Chasing Flames, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA
Art - Look or Listen, Soobin Art International, Singapore


Anatomie, les peaux du dessin - Collection Florence et Daniel Guerlain, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France
Asian Contemporary Art, Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
In Division, Olyvia Fine Art, London, UK


10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
RE-collection - A Retrospective Look at 15 years of Art and Vision, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Made in China - The Estella Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Barcelona - Paris - Pekin, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain
Made in China - The Estella Collection, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark


Brothers, Cheng Xindong Contemporary Art Space, Beijing, China
Pay Attention to the Undercurrent, Robert & Li Art Gallery, Tainan, China
The Naked Truth, Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Unclear and Clearness, Heyri Art Foundation, Seoul, South Korea


Web Notes, Beijing Art Now Gallery (BANG), Beijing, China
Unspeakable Happiness. A Selection of Contemporary Art from China, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico
No Looking Back on Tomorrow, Guandu Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Modern Art Gallery, Chengdu, China
Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art from China, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Biennale de l'art contemporain Chinois, Montpellier, France
Contemporary Chinese Art, Seoul Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea
Contemporary Art from Greater China, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA & London, UK


Living in Chengdu, Shenzhen Art Museum,Shenzhen, China
Face to Face. Six Artists and One Time, Robert & Li Art Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan
In Between, Tang Gallery, Bangkok
So Near, So Far, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK
Indoor With Mosquitoes and Moths, LOFT Gallery, Barcelona
Shaping, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
4+1, Art Centre of Asia, Taipei, Taiwan


L'art contemporain Chinois, Fondation Culturegest, Lisbonne
From China with Art, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
New Painting
2003Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
First Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China


On the Edge of the Millenium, Goedhuis Contemporary, London, UK
Chinese Modernity, Armandao Alvares Penteado Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paris-Pekin, Espace Cardin, Paris, France
Six Contemporary Chinese Artists (Leferink Collection), Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Works by Guo Wei, Casa Garden Orient Foundation, Macau, China


Next Generation, Passage de Retz, Paris
Contemporary Art, Christie’s, Taipei, Taiwan
Rouges, Galerie Loft, Paris
Guo Wei & Guo Jin, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, UK
China Avant Garde, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
China Avant Garde, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
2001 Chinese Contemporary Art, Red House Foundation, London, UK
First Biennale of Chengdu, Modern Art Museum, Chengdu


FUTURE Chinese Contemporary Art, Casa Garden Orient Foundation, Macau, China
Door of the Century, Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
LOFT Gallery, Paris, France
The Chengdu Movement, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Guo Wei & Guo Jin, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing


Bound States Guo Wei's Works, Taiwan Shanmei Gallery, Gaoxiong, Taiwan
14th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Art China!, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Liberation, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK
Representing the People, Laining Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK


Confused... Reckoning with the Future Contemporary China, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Black & White, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK

5000 + 10, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK & Bilbao, Spain
East Meets East in the West, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
China Now, Tokyo, Japan
Guo Wei & Guo Jin, Flanders Contemporary Art Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
The Guo Brothers, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore
World Art. Serieuze Paintings and Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Binding Up, Taiwan


8+8-1, Selected Paintings by 15 Contemporary Artists, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
China Now, Kulturprojekte, Basel, Switzerland
East and East meets West, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Chinese Art, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong


Today. Chinese Art Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland
Elevenses. The Avant-Garde, Taikoo Place, Hong Kong
Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Munich, Germany


The Urban Idealist. New Art from Sichuan, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
History of Chinese Oil Paintings. From Realism to Post-modernism, Gallerie Theoremes, Brussels, Belgium


The Strange Environment 1994, Sichuan Art Museum, Chongqing, China


First Biannual Exhibition of Chinese Oil Paintings, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China


Guangzhou Biennale, Guangzhou, China
China's New Art Post-1989, Hong Kong
Beijing Oil Painting Biennale, China Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China


Six-Man Exhibition, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, China