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b. 1959, China

Shen Yuan Biography

Shen Yuan (b. 1959, Xianyou, Fujian Province) is an artist who lives and works in Paris. Shen Yuan’s work reflects broadly on cultural and political realities, covering issues such as workers (including women workers and child labourers), slums, cultural conflict. When making art, she often employs sociological methods. In trips to Africa or rural China, she lives with local people and works together with them to create a work. Shen Yuan’s work also raises some of the thorny political issues of our time. Of the parties in a conflict, who is legitimate and who is illegitimate?

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Her major solo exhibitions include Without Wall (Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2017), Shen Yuan: Hurried Words (UCCA, Beijing, 2009). Major group exhibitions include Art and China After 1989 (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2017), Reactivation: Ninth Shanghai Biennale” (Shanghai, 2012), The 52nd Venice Biennale China Pavilion (Venice, 2007), Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, 2006), La Force de l'Art (Grand Palais, Paris, 2006), Sao Paulo Biennale (Sao Paulo, 2002), China / Avant-Garde (National Art Museum, Beijing, 1989).

Text courtesy Tang Contemporary Art.

Shen Yuan Featured Artworks

Sketch for Project O, Expo 2010, Shanghai by Shen Yuan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Shen Yuan Sketch for Project O, Expo 2010, Shanghai, 2010 Watercolour on paper
57 x 76 cm
Asia Art Archive
Yellow Umbrella/Parasol by Shen Yuan contemporary artwork mixed media
Shen Yuan Yellow Umbrella/Parasol, 2017 Mixed media
1050 x 200 x 150 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Shen Yuan Represented By

Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China
Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong

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