Timeline

1978
Graduated from the Shanghai Art College, Shanghai, China
1982
Earned a BFA, Shanghai Academy of Theater, Shanghai, China
1988
Graduated from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA
1989
Graduated from the New York Studio School of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY, USA
1990
Earned a MFA, Boston University, Massachusetts

Exhibitions

2013
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2013:
Shen Chen, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China (solo exhibition)
Between The Lines, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo exhibition)
The Solo Project, CYNTHIA-REEVES, Basel, Switzerland
Art13 London, CYNTHIA-REEVES, London, UK
Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair, CYNTHIA-REEVES, Miami, FL, USA
2012
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2012:
Shen Chen, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China (solo exhibition)
Shen Chen, CYNTHIA-REEVES, New England, Hanover, NH, USA (solo exhibition)
Shen Chen, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen, Germany (solo exhibition)
Germany/China Abstract Painting Today, Wile SE, Dortmund, Germany
Germany/China Abstract Painting Today, Wile SE, Beijing, Germany
artMRKT San Francisco, CYNTHIA-REEVES, San Francisco, CA, USA
Chinese Abstract (Slow) Art, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany
Liang Hong Feng and Shen Chen, Monika Olko Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, USA
Change, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China
2011
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2011:
Shen Chen: Artworks from the Hangzhou Sanshang Museum, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China (solo exhibition)
Buddhaʼs Trace, Kuntsmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Chinese Abstract Slow Art, Singer Laren Museum, The Netherlands
SOFA New York-Armory Show, CYNTHIA-REEVES, New York, NY, USA
China Abstract Painting Now, Galerie Frank Schlag & CIE., Essen, Germany
artMRKT San Francisco, CYNTHIA-REEVES, San Francisco, CA, USA
TX Contemporary, CYNTHIA-REEVES, Houston, TX, USA
Breathing, Curated by Soojung Hyun, Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Los Angeles Art Fair, Fuxin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Breathing, Sylvia Wald Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA
2010
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2010:
Meteorology: Art of Shen Chen, SanShang Museum of Contemporary Art, Hangzhou, China (solo exhibition)
Paintings by Shen Chen, Shanghai University Art Center, Shanghai, China (solo exhibition)
Here & Now: Chapter III Towards Transculturalism, Curated by Zhijian Qian, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York, NY, USA
Coincidental Opposites, Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Art Miami International Contemporary & Modern Art Fair, CYNTHIA-REEVES, Miami, FL, USA
SOFA-Amory Show, CYNTHIA-REEVES, New York, NY, USA
Assimilating Antiquity, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2009:
Shen Chen, CYNTHIA-REEVES , New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Contemporary Ink Painting, Doulon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
How Chinese, Gallery 456, New York, NY, USA
Remembering how the air shimmers- Abstract Art by Three artists, 1918 Art Space, Shanghai, China
The Power of Contemporary Chinese Abstraction, Ta Shi Museum of Art, Macau, China
Re-exam modernism, Xi Hu Museum of Art, Zhe Jiang, China
Art SCOPE, CYNTHIA-REEVES , Basel, Switzerland
Art Chicago, CYNTHIA-REEVES , Chicago, IL, USA
SH-Contemporary Art, Fuxin Gallery, Shanghai, China
Return to the modern, Xi Hu Museum of Art, Zhe Jiang, China
Quiet Quest: Realism to Abstraction, One Moon Gallery, Beijing, China
2008
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2008:
Shen Chen, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo exhibition)
Void but Complete Pictures – Recent Works by Shen Chen, Nantong Art Museum, Jiangsu, China (solo exhibition)
Recent Works by Shen Chen, SanShang Art Musuem, Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China (solo exhibition)
Turn to Abstract -- A Retrospective of Shanghai Experimental Art 1976-1985, Zhendai
Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Quiet Quest: Realism to Abstraction - An Exhibition of Chinese Abstraction 2, One Moon Gallery, Beijing, China
Works by Three Artists, East Link Gallery, Shanghai, China
Qi Yun - An International Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Abstraction 2, China Square Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Art Beijing, Presented by One Moon Gallery, National Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
Asian Contemporary Art Fair, China Square gallery, New York, NY, USA
Asian Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s, New York, NY, USA
2007
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2007:
Qi Yun-An International Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Abstraction 1, Hexiangning Museum, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen; Art Now
Gallery, Beijing; Hanart TZ Gallery, Artist Commune, Hong Kong, China
Asian Contemporary Art Fare, Presented by China Square gallery / SanShang Art – Beijing Gallery, Pier 94, New York, NY
Echoes & Reflections, China Square, New York, NY
Art Beijing, Presented by One Moon Gallery, National Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
2006
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2006:
Shen Chen - Recent Paintings, Gallery 456, New York, NY, USA (solo exhibition)
Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, USA
International Modern Ink Painting, Asian Cultural Center, New York, NY, USA
New Chinese Occidentalism- Chinese Contemporary Art in New York, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2005
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2005:
Simplicity, Crystal Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA
The Art Ville, Two Times Thirteen Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2003
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 2003:
Between the Lines, China 2000 Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Creations on Paper by Chinese Contemporary Artists, China 2000 Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1998
Skowhegan Alumni Exhibition, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1995
Pacific Artists in New York, New World Arts Center, New York, NY
1994
Shen Chen – Ink Paintings, Gallery White Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo exhibition)
1993
Paintings by Three Contemporary Chinese Artists, Avatar Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991
Ink of China – Paintings by Shen Chen, Mentor Hair Gallery, Fairfax, VA, USA (solo exhibition)
1990
Shen Chen Exhibitions in 1990:
Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Muse Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
41ʼ Salon Jeune Peinture 1990, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1989
Beijing - New York, Contemporary Chinese & American Art II, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA, USA (solo exhibition)
1988
Shen Chen, Paintings, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (solo exhibition)

Literature

2013
Robert C. Morgan, Essay, “Illuminating the Invisible: Shen Chenʼs Recent Painting”, English
Richard Vine, Essay, “Beyond Abstraction”, English
2012
Galerie Frank Schlag, Statement by Shen Chen, English/German
WILO Foundation, Germany 2012, Introduction by Dirk Steimann, German/English
2011
Bochum Museum, 2011, Essay by Hans Gunter Golinski, English/German
Singer Museum, 2011, Interview by Lao Fu, Christoph Fein and Jan Rudolph de Lorm, English/German
“Shen Chen Shows His Abstract Strength”, Shanghai Today, 16 Sep. 2011
2010
Jonathan Goodman, Review, “Shen Chen: In Thrall To No One”, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, English, Mar/Apr 2010, Volume 9, Number 2
Yuan Art Museum, 2010, English/Chinese
San Shang Museum of Contemporary Art, 2010, Essay by Jonathan Goodman and Huang Si, Chinese
2009
“Here + Now: Chinese Artsists in New York”, Museum of Chinese in America, English/Chinese, New York, NY
Duo Lun Museum of Modern Art, 2009, Text by Chen Jiu, English/Chinese
Remembering How The Air Shimmers. Exhibition Catalog, 1918 Art Space, Shanghai
Re-Exam Modernism, Exhibition Catalog, Xi Hu Museum of Art, Zhe Jiang
2008
SHEN CHEN, Exhibition Catalog, Today Art Museum, Beijing, English/Chinese
Fang Zhenning, Essay “To the Open Void”, SHEN CHEN, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Fang Zhenning / Shen Chen, Writing Interview Untitled Dialogue”, SHEN CHEN, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Zhijian Qian, Essay “Void but Complete, Full but Empty: A Reading of Recent Works by Shen Chen”, Void but Complete Pictures, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Nantong Art Museum, Jiangshu
Statement, Void but Complete Pictures, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Nantong Art Museum, Jiangshu
Turn to Abstract- A Retrospective of Shanghai Experimental Art 1976-1985, Exhibition Catalog, Chinese, Zhendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Nangming Wang, Essay “The Early Abstraction in Shanghai”, Turn to Abstract- A Retrospective of Shanghai Experimental Art 1976-1985”, Exhibition Catalog, Chinese, Zhendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
SHEN CHEN – March Dialogue, an Anthology from Serialized Biography of Chinese Contemporary Artists, SanShang Art, Beijing, China
Li Tuo, Liu He, Xi Chuan, Bei Dao and Shen Chen, Studio Conversations, “March Dialogue”. SHEN CHEN – March Dialogue, Anthology, In Chinese, SanShang Art, Beijing, China
“From Realism to Abstraction”, Exhibition Catalog, One Moon Gallery, Beijing, China
Jan Leaming, Essay “The Roots of Chinese Abstraction”, From Realism to Abstraction, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, One Moon Gallery, Beijing, China
Contemporary Art Studio, a Collection of Contemporary Artist Studio, English/Chinese, Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, Huna
2007
SHEN CHEN, Catalog, China Square, New York, NY, English
Guy Goodwin, Interview “an Interview with SHEN CHEN”, Catalog, English/Chinese, ChinaSquare, New York, NY
Qi Yu - An International Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Abstraction, Exhibition Catalog, Hexiangning Art Museum, J&J Art Foundation, USA
Robert Morgan, Essay “Passages and doorways: The New Abstract Paintings in China”.
Qi Yu- An International Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Abstraction”, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Hexiangning Art Museum, China
Huang Zhuan, Essay “Abstraction: An Expression Concerning Liberty”, Qi Y”u- An International Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Abstraction”, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Hexiangning Art Museum
“Qi Yu- An International Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Abstraction”, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Hexiangning Art Museum, China
Kate Lowenstein, Review “Queens International: Everything All at Once”, Time Out / Jan. In English, New York
2006
Jonathan Goodman, Review “Shen Chen at Gallery 456”, Art in America / Nov. In English, New York
Queens International. Exh. Cat. Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
Valerie Smith, Essay “Everything All at Once”, Queens International. Exh. Cat. In English, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Martha Schwendener, Review “Art from Everywhere, All from Queens”, New York Times / Dec. In English, New York
SHEN CHEN - Recent Paintings, Exh. Cat. Gallery 456, New York
Lilly Wei, Essay, “Shen Chen - Recent Paintings”, Exhibition Catalog, English, Gallery 456, New York, NY
Chaozhong Xie, Review “Minimum Ink”, World Journal / Feb. In Chinese, New York
Mjingyi Wu, Review “Shen Chenʼs Combination: Ink and Oil”, Sing Dao Daily / Feb. In Chinese, New York
“New Chinese Occidentalism”, Exhibition Catalog, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York
Pan Xinlei, Essay “New Chinese Occidentalism - Chinese Contemporary Art in New York,”
“New Chinese Occidentalism”, Exhibition Catalog, English/Chinese, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY
Fay Ku, Thesis “SHEN CHEN: Abstraction and Chinese Calligraphy”, In English, School of Art and Design Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
2005
“SHEN CHEN”, Exhibition Catalog, Crystal Art Foundation, New York, NY
Jonathan Goodman, Essay “Two Sides Story”, SHEN CHEN, Exhibition Catalog, English, Crystal Art Foundation, New York, NY
Chaozhong Xie, Review, “Splendid Acrylic Paintings”, World Journal / Oct. In Chinese, New York
2004
Lilly Wei, Review “Between the Lines”, Art Asia Pacific / Spring, English, New York
2003
“Between the Lines”, Exhibition Catalog, China 2000 Fine Arts, New York, NY
Henry Zhang, Review “Between the Lines”, Sing Dao Daily / Oct. In Chinese, New York
Featuring Artist, “Shen Chen”, Art and Collectibles. New York/Oct. New York
1996
Featured Report “Pacific Artists”, World Journal / Mar., Chinese, New York
1994
SHEN CHEN, Exh. Cat., Gallery White Art, Tokyo, Japan
1990
“41ʼ Salon Jeune Peinture 1990”, Exhibition Catalog, Grand Palais, Paris, France