Ling Jian (Chinese, b.1963) is a painter known for his sharp oil and acrylic portraits of women. Born in China’s Shandong Province, Ling attended Qinghua University Art College in Beijing, and graduated in 1986. He lived and worked in Vienna and Hamburg during the 1980s, and has divided his time between Berlin and Beijing since 1996. Ling’s paintings address issues of personal identity in China, and examine the social and political aspects of Chinese life. The artist has been exhibited in a multitude of solo and group shows since 1991.

Timeline

1963
Born Shandong Province, China
1982
Studied, Central Academie for Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1986
Lecturer at the professional school in art in Boshan, China

Exhibitions

2011
Prelude to Water Melody - Moon in Glass,Ullens Center forContemporary Art( UCCA ),Beijing (solo)
2010
Liebhaberstücke, Kunstmuseum Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany (solo)
Prelude to Water Melody - Moon in Glass,Today Art Museum (solo)
2009
Back to Beijing ,Tang Contemporary Art , Hong Kong (solo)
Max Lang Group Show, New York
2008
Red Seed ,DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
sur-FACE : in transit Tang Contemporary Art , Bangkok (solo)
China Gold ,Musee Maillol,Paris
Asian Contemporary Art (Salzburg)
Rudolf Budja Galerie, Austria
2007
The Last Idealism , Gallery Volker Diehl , Berlin
Red Vanitas, Schoeni Gallery, Shanghai (solo)
Hong Kong Artwalk, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2006
Beaufort 2nd Triennial of Contemporary Art, PMMK
MMK Museum of Modern Art Ostend, Belgium
2005
FIAC, Paris
Gorgeous Isn´t Good Enough, Spazio Pirelli, Bicocca, Milan, Rome
Beauties, Court Yard Gallery, Beijing
Chinese Visions, Artiscope Gallery, Brussels
Scent Of A Woman, Contemporary Chinese Art, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Ling Jian One-Man Show,Art RAI Amsterdam (solo)
2004
Immaculate, Galerie van der Straeten, Amsterdam (solo)
Posers, Court Yard Gallery, Beijing
Art Cologne, Cologne, FIAC, Paris
Ling Jian and Diana Brunstein, Guardini Foundation Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Germany
Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, Water Mill, Long Island, USA
Aliens On The Way, Büro für Kunst, Dresden, Germany
2003
The Rest of the World, Neuffer am Park, Pirmasens, Germany
Art Forum, Berlin
FIAC, Paris
Art Cologne, Cologne
Sublime: New Works by Ling Jian, CourtYard Gallery, Beijing
2002
Asian Fashion - Asian Vibes, Prüss & Ochs Gallery, Berlin
Sense of Nirvana, Galerie van der Straeten, Amsterdam
2001
Odapark, Center for Contemporary Arts Venrai, the Netherlands
2000
Sans Souci, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe
Private Journey, Asian Fine Arts, Prüss & Ochs Gallery, Berlin
1999
Axis of Time, Kampnagelfabrik - Medienpark, Hamburg
1997
Ling Jian, Lochte Gallery, Hamburg
1996
Ling Jian, Promotion Program, Art Cologne, Cologne
Art Cologne, Förderkoje
1995
White Room, White Room Gallery, Hamburg
das Alphabet der Grausamkeit, Museum Stadt Bad Hersfeld
Videoinstallation, Weisser Raum Hamburg
1993
Ling Jian, Schwind Gallery, Frankfurt am Main
1991
Ling Jian, Lochte Gallery, Hamburg