Chen Wenling  (Chinese, 1969) 

Chen Wenling (Chinese, b.1969) is a sculptor who was born in Anxi, a tiny village in the Fujian Province of China. His family was poor and could not afford to buy him new toys, so he used clay that was readily available in his surroundings to make small sculptures to play with. From these humble sculpting beginnings came the desire to study art as a profession. He decided to attend the Xiamen Academy of Art and Design, and he graduated in 1991. Not content yet with his education, he studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, graduating in 1994.

While receiving his education, he said the works of Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904–1989), Rene Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967), and Fernando Botero (Columbian, b.1932) were his inspiration. He combined the influence of these artists with aspects of the Realism movement to make works of art that would become controversial. His sculpture entitled Statue of Liberty and the Gold Bull featured the iconic United States monument with a book that had Liberal Economics instead of July 4, 1776 inscribed on it. He was trying to make a political point that the liberal United States economy was at fault for the 2008 financial crisis, which affected the global economy as well. He made many more political statements with his art, such as those in Happy Life. This series featured sculptures of humans and pigs performing daily tasks. He used pigs because they symbolize what he sees to be the gluttony and unbridled thirst for material objects in modern society. The pigs wear human clothes and perform human actions, while the humans have the traits of pigs.

Chen’s sculptures have been displayed in several places, including the solo exhibit Searching for Identity at Contemporary By Angela Li in Hong Kong and another at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai. Group shows that the artist has participated in include Beyond Reality at Beyond Art Space in Beijing, My Chinese Friends at Galleri Susanne Ottesen in Copenhagen, and Under the Radar: Chinese Contemporary Art at the Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO. The artist currently lives and works in both Xiamen and Beijing.

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Chen Wenling, Red Memory, No Big Deal no.1


Chen Wenling
Red Memory, No Big Deal no.1

Soul of Asia
Chen Wenling, No Big Deal no. 2


Chen Wenling
No Big Deal no. 2
Yang Gallery
Chen Wenling, No Big Deal no.1


Chen Wenling
No Big Deal no.1
Yang Gallery
Chen Wenling, Playing


Chen Wenling
Yang Gallery
Chen Wenling, Smile


Chen Wenling
Ode To Art
Chen Wenling, Statue of Liberty and The Golden Bull


Chen Wenling
Statue of Liberty and The Golden Bull
Ode To Art
Chen Wenling, What you see might not be real


Chen Wenling
What you see might not be real
Ode To Art
Chen Wenling, Happy Life NO.12


Chen Wenling
Happy Life NO.12

Contemporary By Angela Li
Chen Wenling, Games


Chen Wenling

Contemporary By Angela Li
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Chen Wenling, Brotherhood 兄弟情


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Brotherhood 兄弟情


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Chen Wenling, Shy Boy


Chen Wenling
Shy Boy, 2006
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Chen Wenling, 睡童 (Sleepy boy)


Chen Wenling
睡童 (Sleepy boy), 1998
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1969   Born in Anxi, Fujian, China
1991   Graduated from Xiamen Academy of Art and Design
1994   Graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2003   Most Popular Work Award, Beijing Biennale, China Sculpture Special Exhibition, China
2008   Youth May 4th Outstanding Contribution in Art Award, “Contemporary Art” Magazine, China
2010   Art Power 100 of China, “Art Value” Magazine, China
2010   “Bao Xi Niao” Art Prize, Alternative Space
2011   People’s Choice Prize, The 7th Exhibition of Sculptures by the Sea, Perth, Australia
2011   Most Popular Award, International Sculpture Exhibition, Aarhus, Denmark
  Lives and works in Beijing, China
2013   "Sculpture by the Sea" Trngkrogen, Aarhus, Denmark
2013   "Experiments in Chinese Contemporary Art, The Exhibition: Round 1 Conformation and Consciousness" Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012   Re-history Chinese Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition, Shenzhen / Shijiazhuang / Beijing / Wuhan, China
2012   Future Pass World Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012   Looking Awry, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2012   Environment & Spirit - Western China International Art Biennale, Tian Ye Art Museum, Yinchuan, China
2012   The 1st Xinjiang Contemporary Art Biennale, Urumqi, China
2012   Naturalmente - Biennale Italia Cina-1st Eidion, Monza, Italy
2012   The 1st Chonju Global Biennale, Chonju, Korea
2012   Chinese Contemporary Public Art Exhibition, Kassel, Germany
2012   Art Frontier, Songzhung Art Center, Beijing, China
2012   CAFA Sculpture Review Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012   Exotic Landscapes - Chen Wenling's New Work, PIN Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2012   Chinese Scenery - Chen Wenling, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore (solo)
2011   Searching For Identity, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong, China (solo)
2011   2011 Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
2011   Remaking of Civilization – Chinese Contemporary Sculptures, Macau
2011   Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark
2011   The Realm, Jingyi Art Space, Beijing, China
2011   Self Camera — Exterior of the Modern - Changwon Asia Art Festival, Changwon, Korea
2011   Opening Exhibition, Winshare Art Gallery, Chengdu, China
2011   The 7th Exhibition of Sculptures by the Sea, Perth, Australia
2010   The Suspense - Sculptures by Chen Wenling 2010, Today’s Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
2010   What You See Is Real - Chen Wenling Solo Exhibition, Odetoart, Singapore (solo)
2010   Living in Evolution - Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
2010   Now! Asian Artists - Busan Biennale Special Exhibition, Busan, Korea
2010   Trace and Qualitative Leap, Beijing Film Academy 4D Space Museum, Beijing, China
2010   Negotiations - Today’s Document Exhibition, Today’s Museum, Beijing, China
2010   2010 Expo Jingan International Sculpture Exhibition, Jingan Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China
2010   The Tao of Now, The White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2010   And-Writers – Nanjing Contemporary Double Exhibition, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China
2010   Attitude, Linda Gallery, Singapore / Indonesia
2010   Reshaping History, China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China
2010   Not Sculpture, Linda Gallery, Singapore
2009   Beyond Globalization, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
Metropolis Now, The Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art, Meridian International Center, Washington
The Second Reality - Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition, Meridian International Center, Washington, USA
2008   Image Spirit, K Gallery, Chengdu, China
Face East, Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA
China Blue, Katrinetorps Gard, Malmo, Sweden
China Blue, Beijing Overseas Chinese City, Beijing
Source, Moon River Contemporary Art Center, Beijing
Chinese Scene, Wanhao Hotel, Beijing
Athens Contemporary Art From China, Technopolis of the city of Athens, Athens, GreeceHappy Together, Aura Gallery, Beijing
China, Facing Reality, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
3.15-LET'S CONSUME, Xin Dong Chen Space for Contemporary Art III, Beijing
Mountain Flowers in Full Bloom, The First Sound Gallery, Beijing
Art of Pigs, Pigs Expressed in Art, Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokka, JapanGod of Materialism, Sculptures by Chen Wenling 2008, Asia Art Center, Beijing (solo)
Efforts Bring Success, 798 Times Space, Beijing
Third International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
The 3rd Nanjing Triennial, Reflective Asia, Nanjing Museum Nanjing, China
Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair Subject Matter Exhibition- Public Art, Beijing Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
Shanghai Art Fair Subject Matter Exhibition, Best of Discovery, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Busan Biennale-Expenditure, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea
China…Forward! TSUM, Moscow, Russia
Efforts Bring Success, 98 Times Space, Beijing, China
Red, Smooth and Luminescent Contemporary Expression, Xin Dong Chen Space For Contemporary Art III, Beijing
International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Lido, Venice, Italy
2007   Floating-New Contemporary Art, The National Art Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Metamorphose Chen Wenling Exhibition, Makii Masaru Fine Arts, Japan (solo)
Chen Wenling’s Contemporary Sculpture Solo Exhibition, Vanessa Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia (solo)
My Chinese Friends, Gallery Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Beyond Reality, Beyond Art Space, Beijing
The Power of Universe, The Frontier of Contemporary Chinese Art, Asia Art Center, Beijing
Reconstructed World View K Gallery, Chengdu, China
Post Avant, Garde Chinese Contemporary Art: Four Directions of the New Era, Hong Kong
Energy-Spirit-Body- Material, Today’s Museum, Beijing
Calling a Stag a Horse, Exhibition of Sculptures by Guangci, Chen Wenling, Xiangjing and Caohui, Sanshang Art, Beijing
A Truth beyond the Real, Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Wild Beasts, Mook Gallery of Contemporary Art, Beijing
2006   Under the Radar, Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA
Made in China, Padova, Italy
Shanghai Biennale Participant (solo)
Bronze Sculpture, M. Sutherland Fine Arts, Ltd. (solo)
Beneath Above, BANG-Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
Red Memory, Chen Wenling’s Sculpture Exhibition, Singapore (solo)
Chen Wenling’s Sculpture Solo Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (solo)
2005   Grounding Reality, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Seoul Korea
Second China Art Triennial, Nanjing, China
Time of Sea, International Art Exhibition, Shanghai
Luxury Time, China Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tianjin
Beautiful Word, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing
No Boundary, China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing
Build Up Fable, China Art Exhibition, Beijing
2004   10th National Art Exhibiions, Changchun, China
China-Belgium Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Antwerepn, Belgium
Happy Life, Chinese European Aer Center, Xiamen, China (solo)
2003   Seeking the True Nature, Xuri Bay, Zhuhai, China (solo)
Chinese Sculpture Masterpieces Exhibition of the Beijing International
Biennale, Wangfujing Beijing, China
2002   Red Memory, Pearl Bay Beach, Xiamen, China (solo)
Red = Culture + Consumption, Laiya Department Store, Xiamen, China (solo)
2002   Red = Culture + Consumption, Laiya Department Store, Xiamen, China (solo)
2001   Sculpture Show, Shanghai Young Artists Exhibition, Normal University of Shanghai, China
1991   Woodcarving Show, Xiamen Academy of Art and Design, China (solo)
  Denver Art Museum, USA
  Melbourne Art Museum, Melbourne, Australia
  The White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  Arox Art Museum, Denmark
  National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
  Fujian Art Museum, Fujian, China
  Fujian Normal University, Fujian, China
  Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  National Gallery of Korea, Korea
  Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
  Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  Houston Museum of Fine Arts, USA