• Zhang Jian 章剑

    Zhang Jian was born in Beijing in 1968 and graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. He now lives and works in Beijing. Influenced by the Impressionists, especially Manet and Serov, Zhang Jian's early works were obsessed with depicting external light and outdoor subjects, presenting pure, introspective and quiet daily life. 2000 onwards, he transitioned from Impressionism to working with photographs, with large flat areas and blurred treatment reminiscent of Gerhard Richter.

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  • Education

    1993 Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


    Selected Solo Exhibition


    2020 Searching, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong
    2019 Park: Zhang Jian, FeeFan’s Art, Beijing
    2017 Tranquility, PIFO Gallery, Beijing
    2013 Still Moments, iPRECIATION, Singapore
    2011 Zhang Jian: The New Painting, Galerie Frank Schlag & CIE, Essen
    2010 The Tale of Two Cities, Z-art Center, Shanghai
    2008 Snow Scapes & Scenery, ChinaBule Gallery, Beijing
    2007 The Filtered Landscape, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
    2007 Realty of History: Zhang Jian’s Art (1995-2007), Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
    2007 Realty of History: Zhang Jian’s Art (1995-2007), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
    2006 Tian’anmen, Galerie Frank Schlag & CIE., Essen
    Chang’an Street, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
    2005 This Moment, Beijing Cubic Art Center, Beijing
    2005 Jian Zhang - Solo Exhibition, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
    2005 One Day in Hamburg and Beijing, FRISE, Hamburg
    2004 Someday, ChinaBule Gallery, Beijing
    2003 Early Spring, Yan Arts, Shanghai
    2001 Beauty and Sorrow, Spring and Summer Hanmo Art Gallery, Beijing

    Selected Group Exhibitions


    2020 Not Far Away, East Gallery, Nanjing

    2019 Being Sharp: A Group Exhibition of Figurative Art, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2018 The Heart Leads the Way, Triumph Gallery, Beijing

    2018 Way of Thinking, Galerie Frank Schlag & CIE, Essen

    2016 Return: Poetic Dwelling in Contemporary Art, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2016 Drawing the Beginning, La galerie épisodique, Paris

    2015 Interbeing, Cheng Art, Beijing

    2015 Garden Splendors: Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre, Suzhou


    2014 Normal & Abnormal Scenery, Lelege Art Space, Beijing

    2014 Social Landscape: The Landscape Narration in Chinese Contemporary painting As Well As Its Cultural Concept Changes, Chengdu International Communication Center For Cultural and Art Pieces, Chengdu

    2013 Pure Views, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka

    2013 The Warm Rivers of Spring, Soka Art Center, Beijing


    2012 Sociological Landscape, Basai Contemporary Art Museum, Suzhou

    2011 Pure Views, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

    2010 Pure Views, Louise Blouin Foundation, London Reshaping History: Chinese Art from 2000 to 2009, Today Art Museum, Beijing

    2007 Rockers Island, Thomas Olbright Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen

    2004 Appropriation and Pastiche: Paintings, Photograph and Video from China, Parma

    2003 Body and Face, Tai Kang Top Space, Beijing/Chelsea Gallery, Shanghai/Hong Kong New 2003 Generation and Post-Revolution, Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing

    2002 Art Summer, Yan Huang Art Museum, Beijing You Talk You Say, International Art Exhibition, Guangzhou