ZENG Fanzhi

Zeng Fanzhi was born in 1964 in Wuhan (China). Trained at the School of Fine Arts in his hometown, he…


Zeng Fanzhi was born in 1964 in Wuhan (China). Trained at the School of Fine Arts in his hometown, he discovers during these years of teaching contemporary art, Chinese and Western. Nourished by these influences and anxious to experience a more effervescent context, he moved to Beijing in 1993, where he has lived and worked ever since.

Zeng Fanzhi is known for his characters with powerful raised gazes, on hands and stereotypical faces, he simulates a certain tiredness with contemporary society in which consumption reaches its peak and leads to loneliness and total alienation from society and oneself. His paintings are so rich in expression that reminds us of the explanatory power art can achieve.


Artist marked by expressionism, ZENG Fanzhi first included, in his first paintings, flayed characters. From 1994 to 2001 he worked on his famous Mask series. Each character in this series wears a white mask that fits their face perfectly. His characters protect themselves on the face, but also by donning clothes denoting a comfortable social status.

If one considers the developing work of Zeng Fanzhi as the reflection of a psychological journey, one is entitled to wonder where this journey leads. Fifteen years ago, the protagonists of his paintings were helpless victims inhabiting an illogical world. Then they wore masks to enter a realm of urban dawdlers sharing superficial relationships. Now the masks have fallen and the protagonists are totally alone, stripped and without substance. They abandoned all assignment. Can they now rebuild themselves? We look forward to the rest of this trip.



Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, France

Zeng Fanzhi, Gagosian Gallery, London, England

Gagosian Gallery, Londres, UK

Zeng Fanzhi, Gagosian Gallery, Hongkong, China

Zeng Fanzhi: The Sublime, Union Temple, Brooklyn, USA
Zeng Fanzhi, Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Zeng Fanzhi, The National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

Zeng Fanzhi, Godia Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Zeng Fanzhi, Acquavella Gallery, New York, USA

Tai Ping You Xiang. ShanghART Gallery Beijing, Beijing, China

Zeng Fanzhi, Musee d'art Moderne Saint-Etienne Metropole, Paris, France
Zeng Fanzhi, Idealism, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore
Zeng Fanzhi 1989-2007, Gallery Hyondai, Seoul, Korea

Hero, Zeng Fanzhi Solo Exhibition, Art Basel Miami 06, Miami, US
Zeng Fanzhi, Gallery Wedel, London, UK

Sky, Fine Art Literature, Wuhan, China
Paintings by Zeng Fanzhi, Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Unmask the Mask, Zeng Fanzhi, Artside Gallery, Korea
Face, Soobin Gallery, Singapore, Singapore
Scapes 1989-2004, The paintings of Zeng Fanzhi, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

I/We, 1991-2003, The Paintings of Zeng Fanzhi, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Raw Beneath the Mask, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China

Zeng Fanzhi: The Mask Series, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China
Zeng Fanzhi Works 1993-1998, CIFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts)
Gallery, Beijing, China

Zeng Fanzhi: Behind the Mask, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Zeng Fanzhi, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts Gallery, Wuhan, China


Taste of the East, Masterpieces of Chinese Art, How Art Museum
Collection Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
LATITUDE/ATTITUDE : 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

The World Belongs to You, Palalazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Fusion, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Yiyuan Space, Wuhan, China

Photo exhibition of contemporary artists. Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Clouds - Power of Asian contemporary art. Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
Made in Popland, National Museum of Contemporary art, Gwacheon, Korea
And-Writers 2010, Nan Jing Biennale, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nangjing, China
2010 The Constructed Dimension, 2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, National Art Musume of China, Beijing, China
Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000-2009, Special Documenta, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China
Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Fairy Tales: Selections from the MaGMA's collection, Opera Gallery, Singapore

Another Scene. ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China
In the mood for paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China
53rd Venice Biennale, Chinese Pavillon, Venice, Italy
Art Basel Miami Beach. Convention Center, Miami, USA.
Acquavella Galleries, New York, USA
Suzhou Museum, China

China macht Druck - Moderne chinesische Druckgrafik. Staedtische Galerie Bietigheim, Germany
Cina contemporanea - Arte fra Identita e Transformazione. Palazzo delle Espozioni, Rome, Italy
Crouching Paper, Hidden Dragon. F2 Gallery, Beijing, China
The olymp - Works on Paper, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Duesseldorf, Germany
Writing on the Wall: Chinese New Realism and Avant-garde in the 80s and 90s, Groninger Museum, Groningen, NL
Made in China - Print Art Part 2. Art China Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
The revolution continues: New Chinese Art. New Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Selected. ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China

Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves, ZKM (Center for Art and Media), Karlsruhe, Germany
ShanghART at Art'38 Basel, Art Fair, Switzerland
Individual Positions 1, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China
Time Difference, Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK
Floating - A New Generation of Art in China, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
China Now. Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands

Zhou Chunya, Zeng Fanzhi and Ji Dachun, LONGRUN ART Beijing China

Majong, Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
China, contemporary painting, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Bologna, Italy

Exhibition of Nominate for Art Documentation, Art Gallery of Hubei Academy of Art, China

Left Hand, Right Hand - A Sino-German Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Beijing 798 Space, Beijing, China ; Invitational Gallery Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai

Paris-Pekin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris
The First Triennial of Chinese Arts, Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou
Korean and Chinese painting - 2002 New Expression, Seoul Arts Center, Korea

Towards a New Image, Twenty years of Chinese Contemporary Painting, National Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum; Guangzhou Art Museum; Modem Art Museum, Chengdu, China

Futuro Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, The Contemporary Art Center of Macau (CACOM), Macau

It Is Me, Forbidden City, Beijing, China

8+8-1, Hong Kong, London, Hamburg
Question Marks, Singapore Art Museum Singapore

China!, Touring Exhibition, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Poland (until 1998)
Reality, Present and Future, International Art Palace, Beijing, China

Avant gardes Artistiques Xineses, Santa Monica Art Centre Barcelona, Spain
Beyond Ideology: New Art from China, Der Haus der Kulture das Welt Hamburg, Germany

Exhibition of Works Selected by Art Critics, China Art Gallery Beijing, China

China's New Art Post- 1989, Touring Exhibition, Hong Kong, Sidney (until 1997)

Guangzhou Biennal - Oil Painting of the Nineties, Guangzhou Convention Centre, China

Chinese Oil Painting for Fifty Years, International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China