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b. 1985, China

Tianzhuo Chen Biography

Wild and kitsch imagery, and references to Japanese Butoh, LGBT culture, burlesque, raving, voguing and drugs are abundant in the work of artist Tianzhuo Chen. Working between performance, video, painting, installation and drawing, Chen's work delves into moral attitudes and social behaviours embedded within our materialistic culture. Bad taste and provocation are highly prized aesthetic principles. Icons of Tibetan Bhuddism sit alongside sex toys and fertility symbols in his theatrical installations, yet his works are celebrations, rather than critiques, of hedonistic youth culture. 

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Born in Beijing, Chen studied at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, and in 2010 received a MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2015 Chen held his first solo exhibition in France at the Palais de Tokyo. Other solo exhibitions include PICNIC PARADI$E BITCH, BANK, Shanghai, 2014; Tianzhuo's Acid Club, Star Gallery, Beijing, 2013; Gas Station, with Rongrong Bi, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, 2012; and The Great exhibition, with Xinyi Liu, curated by Wei Guo and Chloe Hipeau, 2011.

Tianzhuo Chen Featured Artworks

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Recollection Pierces the Heart - White Stone by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenRecollection Pierces the Heart - White Stone, 2020MDF carving, painting, oil painting stick
160 x 120 x 10 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Recollection Pierces the Heart - Tree Struck by Lightning by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenRecollection Pierces the Heart - Tree Struck by Lightning, 2020MDF carving, painting, oil painting stick
160 x 120 x 10 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Recollection Pierces the Heart: Stupas by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenRecollection Pierces the Heart: Stupas, 2020MDF carving, painting, oil painting stick
160 x 120 x 10 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Recollection Pierces the Heart: Shing Lake by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenRecollection Pierces the Heart: Shing Lake, 2020MDF carving, painting, oil painting stick
160 x 120 x 10 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Recollection Pierces the Heart - Little Six by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenRecollection Pierces the Heart - Little Six, 2020MDF carving, painting, oil painting stick
160 x 120 x 10 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Recollection Pierces the Heart - Dragsum Lake by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenRecollection Pierces the Heart - Dragsum Lake, 2020MDF carving, painting, oil painting stick
240 x 160 x 10 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Ishvara Portrait - YLVA by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenIshvara Portrait - YLVA, 2020Light box - imported light box cloth, aluminium back plate
160 x 107 x 5 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Ndoho by Tianzhuo Chen contemporary artwork
Tianzhuo ChenNdoho, 2020Light box - imported light box cloth, aluminium back plate
160 x 107 x 5 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Tianzhuo Chen Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Tianzhuo Chen, Recollection Pierces the Heart at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
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20 August–27 September 2020 Tianzhuo Chen Recollection Pierces the Heart Tang Contemporary ArtHong Kong

Tianzhuo Chen In Related Press

ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ Related Press ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ 27 October 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

For Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ in London, curator Victor Wang brought together ten Chinese artists born after 1970 for a presentation that looked to the future. The show's theme was rooted in the ideas of science fiction author Liu Cixin, whose 1989 novel Zhongguo 2185, in which six computer-resurrected brains, including that of Mao...

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Thumbing their noses: Performance art around Beijing looks past contemporary art market Related Press Thumbing their noses: Performance art around Beijing looks past contemporary art market 12 December 2016, ARTNews

This past June, Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) presented a major exhibition of the work of Robert Rauschenberg, pairing his 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981–98) with work he made during the 1980s in and about China. Concurrent with the exhibition’s opening, UCCA invited students of Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie...

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