Chen Wenling


Chen Wenling (b.1969, Fujian, China) is one of the most globally acclaimed contemporary sculptors. He has achieved international fame from the late 1990s with his characteristic ‘Red Memory’ series of sculptures featuring laughing, naked boy figures covered in shiny, bright red vehicle duco.

Chen was trained at the Sculpture Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. Chen’s works have been selected for Sculpture by the Sea multiple times in both Cottesloe and Bondi Beach in Australia. His works are in the permanent public collections of National Art Museum of China; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, USA; Denver Art Museum, USA; White Rabbit Collection, Australia; ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark; National Gallery of Korea, Korea; Seoul Museum of Art, Korea, etc.



1969 Born in Anxi, China
1993 MFA, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
Present Lives and works in Beijing
2022 Surreal Sculptures, Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany

Allegory – The Storytelling of Chen Wenling, Sunzen Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2019 Fabel of Duration – Chen Wenling’s solo exhibition, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijng, China
2018 LIMITED&UNLIMITED Contemporary Works Of Chen Wenling, Xiamen, China
“SUPERNORMAL” Works of Chen Wenling, Shanghai, China
2017 Graces of My Heart, Chen Wenling Solo Exhibition, Whitebox Art Center, Beijing, China
Another Realm, Chen Wenling Solo Exhibition, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China
2016 Everything is awesome, Large outdoor Exhibition, Shunyi international flower garden, Beijing, China
2014 The Community, Chen Wenling’s New Works, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Exotic Landscapes, Chen Wenling’s New Works, PIN Gallery, Beijing, China
2011 Searching for Identity, Chen Wenling Solo Exhibition, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong, China
2010 The Suspense, Sculptures By Chen Wenling, Today’s Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009 Emergency Exit, Sculptures By Chen Wenling, JoyAr, Beijing, China
2006 Chen Wenling’s Sculpture Solo Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2002 Red Memory, the First Time Sculpture Show by Chen Wenling, Pearl Bay Beach, Macau, China
2021 Vancouver Biennale 2021 BIKEnnale/WALKennale, Vancouver, Canada
2020 2020 Harmo Power – The First International Biennale of Jinan, Jinan, China
2019 Reactor: An Exhibition of Rongyi International Art, Jingnan Art Museum, Baoding, China
“Art for the People” – Wulong Lanba Art Festival 2019, Wulong Lanba, Chongqing, China
“Beijing Flash Biennale” – The Evolution of Beijing’s Art Districts & Studios, Nine Art Museum, Beijing, China
2018 Splendors of the sun and moon – China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy
Open Source: Shenzhen Bennale, 2018, Luohu Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2017 Bienal de Curitiba“VIBRATIONS, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil
2016 Pulse Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, America Changwon sculpture biennale, Changwon, Korea
Walking Brics Project of Brazil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China Art Beijing Exposition, Beijing, China
2015 Rhythmic Vitality – Chinese Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition, Anxi wen Temple, China
The Silk Road – 2015 Chinese Art Communication Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Egypt;  Museum of Modern & Contemporary, Carrara, Italy
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia
Dimension of Civilization, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary, Yinchuan, China
Shape for the age, Contemporary Sculpture Collection Exhibition, Museum of Hubei Province, China
Huasheng, China contemporary Art Exhibition, City of Mons, Belgium
China 8, China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ruhr, Germany
The 11th Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Beach, Australia
Happy Spring Festival·Art China, Lincoln Center, New York, U.S.A
Vision of Multi-dimentional, First Exhibition of Antnest Art Museum, Fujian, China
2014 Re-Sculpture, Sanguandian Art 2014, Hubei, China
Fujianese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Art Taipei 2014, Taipei, China
The 10th China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China
As Above So Below: Exhibition of Contemporary Ink Art,
The Fringe Club, Hong Kong, China
Amusement Park, 798 Public Art Invitation Exhibition, Beijing, China
The Art Love Life Exhibition, Today 22 Art Space Opening, Beijing, China
Nanjing International Art Festiva, Nanjing, China
Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
Maritime Quanzhou, Dynamic City, Paris, France
Biennale Italia Cina-2nd Edison, Beijing, China
ART Beijing, Beijing, China
2013 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Inter-vision, A Contemporary Exhibition Across the Strait, Taiwan, China
Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark
A New Atmosphere of Chinese Contemporary Art , The Czech Republic Castle
Museum, Czech Republic
Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Sydney, Australia
Of Human Conditions-Group Exhibition, Hong Kong
Ideology and Manifestation, Today’s Art Museum, China
3th Art Stage Singapore 2014, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore
Chinese Contemporary Public Sculpture Exhibition, Beijing Parkview Green, China
2th Datong International Sculpture Biennial, Datong, China
Art Sanya Chinese Contemporary Art, Sanya, China
2012 Re-history Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, itinerant exhibition in
four cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou Province; Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, Beijing and
Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
Looking Awry Exhibition, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Public Art Exhibition, Kassel, German Environment, Spirit
Western China International Art Biennale, Yinchuan Cultural Art Center, Yinchuan,
2011 7th Sculpture by the Sea, Perth, Australia
Self Camera: Exterior of the Modern, Changwon Asia Art Festival, Sungsan Art
Hall, Changwon, South Korea
2010 Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan Cultural Center, Busan, South Korea
The TAO of Now, The White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2009 A Conversation with Chicago, Contemporary Sculpture from China, Millennium
Park, Chicago Illinois, U.S.A.
2008 Third International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Centro Andaluz de Arte
Contemporáneo, Seville Spain
Busan Biennale – Expenditure, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, South Korea
2007 Red Hot, Asian Art Today, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
2006 Hyper Design, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2015 Received honorary title “2015 China-Australia Art Ambassador”, China
2012 7th AAC “Art China annual impact ten sculptor, China
2011 Most Popular Award, International Sculpture Exhibition, Aarhus City, Denmark
Public Art Prize, the 7th of the Sculpture by the Sea, Perth, Australia
2010 “Bao Xi Niao” Art Prize, Alternative Space, China
Selected by “Art Value” magazine into the 2010 Art Power 100 of China, China
2008 Youth May 4th Outstanding Contribution in Art Award, “Contemporary Art” Magazine
2004 Excellence Award, National Fine Arts Exhibition, China
2003 Most Popular Work Award, China Sculpture Special Exhibition – Beijing Biennale, China

Denver Art Museum

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

The White Rabbit Collection

Melbourne Museum

Western Australian Museum

National Gallery of Korea

Seoul Museum of Art

Doosan Art Center, Seoul

National Art Museum of China

Beijing Today Art Museum

Guangdong Museum

Fujian Normal University

Nanjing University

Fujian Museum

Hubei Museum of Art

Jimei University

Huizhou Sculpture Park

China Contemporary Art Museum in Datong

China Charity Museum

Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum

Huayu Resort & Spa Yalong Bay Sanya

Taichung Sculpture Park

Wuhan United Art Museum

Parkview Green’s Art Center

Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

South Lake Park of Xiamen

Xi’an Yitian Square

Beavallon Hotel of France

Vermilion Art

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