b. 1985, China

Zhang Ruyi Biography

Over the past decade, Zhang Ruyi has developed a precise and delicate sculptural material language. Engaging the grammar of the built environment, she creates installations and sculptures that evoke a post-apocalyptic aesthetic of detachment. Zhang's work occupies a unique space that reconciles artefacts, the industrial experience, and urban life.

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She uses 'reality' as 'model' for drawing out moments of individual perception as the city shifts around its inhabitants. As Zhang Ruyi's largest institutional solo exhibition in recent years, this exhibition will feature a series of works commissioned by UCCA, further synthesising and refining the tension-filled dichotomous network of natural and human-made objects that feature in her work. This exhibition is curated by UCCA Assistant Curator Neil Zhang.

Zhang Ruyi's work has been shown at the K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2019); Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2018); UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017); Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester (2016); Sifang Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing (2016); Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2015); and other institutions. Her solo exhibitions include Consciousness of Location (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2019); Bonsai (Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, 2019); Building Opposite Building (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2016); Pause (White Space, Beijing, 2016); Cut | Off (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2014); and _A Line _(J: Gallery, Shanghai, 2014).

Text courtesy UCCA

Zhang Ruyi Featured Artworks

Submerged Landscape by Zhang Ruyi contemporary artwork sculpture
Zhang Ruyi Submerged Landscape, 2019 Aquarium, concrete, Suckermouth catfish, heater, filter, light, wood pallet
80 x 90 x 55 cm
He Art Museum
Reflection, by Zhang Ruyi contemporary artwork mixed media
Zhang Ruyi Reflection,, 2016 Concrete, iron, soil and ceramic tiles
63.5 x 46.5 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Darkness 3 by Zhang Ruyi contemporary artwork mixed media
Zhang Ruyi Darkness 3, 2015 Mixed media on paper
20 x 30 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

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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 t

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Zhang Ruyi 'Pause' at White Space Beijing Related Press Zhang Ruyi 'Pause' at White Space Beijing 27 April 2016, Cafa Art Info

The second solo exhibition of Zhang Ruyi at White Space Beijing showcases the artist’s newest paintings and sculptures. The dynamic relation between Zhang Ruyi’s personal artistic experiences and the materials gleaned from everyday life as expressed in this exhibition is subtle and contains a tensile force. The artist’s...

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Young Chinese artists' Hong Kong show explores friendship Related Press Young Chinese artists' Hong Kong show explores friendship 23 July 2015, South China Morning Post

Liu Wei is best known for using dog chews, discarded books and found materials for his sculptural and installation works, but the Beijing-based artist says he is no stranger to curating. "When I create, I think about the theme and my approach. It's no different from curating an art exhibition. I always see myself as an artist and a curator...

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Cass Sculpture Foundation announces major Chinese art show in 2016 Related Press Cass Sculpture Foundation announces major Chinese art show in 2016

The Cass Sculpture Foundation has just announced details of an ambitious exhibition, scheduled for 2016. A Beautiful Disorder is being billed as the first major UK exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor sculpture by contemporary Chinese artists. From May to November next year, 15 large-scale sculptures, made in a variety of mediums including...

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