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b. 1981, China

Cheng Ran Biography

Cheng’s oeuvre mostly consists of video and film, as well as photography and installation works. His video works are praised for its eclectic form in which films are integrated into the poetic culture of contemporary age. His works convey a young perspective on the unsolvable issues in life, such as problems regarding identity, and life and death, and the anguish felt by young Chinese people living through the globalized Chinese culture and cultural policy. They integrate elements of the performative, the visual from electronica and rock’n’roll music, and in a few cases, the aesthetics of Chinese ink painting into his cinematic language that is informed by late 20th century cinema.

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Cheng Ran graduated from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and he continues to live and work in Hangzhou. Cheng has exhibited at many galleries and institutions in China and abroad, such as Moving Image in China: 1988-2011 (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2011), Farewell to Post-colonialism: The Third Guangzhou Triennial (Guangdong Art Museum, 2008), Immersion and Distance (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2009), Yi Pai–Century Thinking (Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2009), The Tell-tale Heart (James Cohan Gallery Shanghai and New York, 2010 and 2011), In A Perfect World…(Meulensteen Gallery, New York, 2011), and Boy: A Contemporary Portrait (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, 2012). Cheng Ran has recently been awarded Best Video Artist of 2011 by the online art journal Randian.

Cheng Ran Featured Artworks

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DD-MM-YYYY (No. 6 Body) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork mixed media
Cheng RanDD-MM-YYYY (No. 6 Body), 2017Single channel HD video, TV-set, TV rack, paint, ready-made object
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
DD-MM-YYYY by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork installation
Cheng RanDD-MM-YYYY, 2017Single channel HD video, TV-set, TV rack, paint, ready-made object
66 x 112 x 7 cm
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Mongrel and Black Kite (Diary of a Madman - Hong Kong) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork moving image
Cheng RanMongrel and Black Kite (Diary of a Madman - Hong Kong), 2017Multi-video installation
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The Self-Portrait (Diary of a Madman - New York) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork moving image
Cheng RanThe Self-Portrait (Diary of a Madman - New York), 2016Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9 5'34''
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The Bridge (Diary of a Madman - New York) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork moving image
Cheng RanThe Bridge (Diary of a Madman - New York), 2016Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9 4'25''
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Secret Notes to Nan Goldin by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork moving image
Cheng RanSecret Notes to Nan Goldin, 2013Single channel HD video, color/ sound, 16:9 14'13''
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The Homing Pigeon by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork moving image
Cheng RanThe Homing Pigeon, 2016Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9, 5'37"
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Existence Without Air, Food, or Water by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork moving image
Cheng RanExistence Without Air, Food, or Water, 2013Single-channel video, colour / sound, 16:9, 10" 45"
Variable dimensions
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Cheng Ran Recent Exhibitions

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Cheng Ran Represented By

Galerie Urs Meile contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Galerie Urs Meile Beijing, Lucerne

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