1977 · China
Shen Wei is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in China. Shen Wei was born in 1977. Also born in China around 1977 and of the same generation are Wang Ningde, Su-En Wong and Li Songsong.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Shen Wei's work is available on display in Flowers | New York in the United States and L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht in Germany. Shen Wei's work has most recently been exhibited at Flowers | Kingsland Road in London (02 May 2019 until 21 June 2019) with the exhibition Solo Exhibition . Shen Wei's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; The Hand That Drew Alone (22 June 2019 - 31 August 2019) at Magda Danysz Gallery | Shanghai in China and Das Ding / The Thing (10 January 2020 - 27 March 2020) at L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht in Germany.
Shen Wei in private collections
Historical Context of China
For centuries, China has been among the most sophisticated and creative cultures. Unique in its political and cultural systems, and rather hermetic in nature, it has always been somewhat of an enigma to the west. Modern art production, when not concentrating on championing the ideals of the State, instead reworked many of the classical ideals of Calligraphic ink works made with the brush.
Further Biographical Context for Shen Wei
Shen Wei was born in 1977 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Relational Aesthetics became a core idea. It was a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this agenda.