Chen Wenling

by Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Chen Wenling was a playful child whose parents were so poor, he had to make his own toys. In a sense his sculptures are grown-up versions of his early creations. Many of his latest works involve pigs, which he finds a perfect metaphor for contemporary people.


1969  Born in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China

Received Bachelor of Arts from the Sculpture Department of Xiamen Academy of Art and Design and Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Artist now living and working in Beijing, China


[Solo Exhibitions]

2012    “Exotic Landscapes – Chen Wenling’s New Work” PIN Gallery   Beijing, China

2012     “China Scene – Chen Wenling Solo Exhibition”, Marina Bay Sands Conference Center, Singapore

2010     “The Suspense” – Sculptures By Chen Wenling , Today’s Art Museum, Beijing, China

“What You See Is Real” – Chen Wenling Solo-Exhibition, Odetoart, Singapore

2009      “Emergency Exit” – Sculptures By Chen Wenling, JoyArt, Beijing, China

2008      “God of Materialism” – Sculptures By Chen Wenling, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China

2007      “Metamorphose” Chen Wenling Exhibition, Makii Masaru Fine Arts, Japan

“1999-2006”-Chen Wenling solo exhibition”, Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia

2006      “Chen Wenling’s Sculpture Solo Exhibition”, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

“Beneath Above”, BANG-Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing, China

2004     “Happy Life” – Chen Wenling Solo Exhibition”, Chinese European Art Centre, Macau, China

2002      “Red Memory”– the First Time Sculpture Show by Chen Wenling,Pearl Bay Beach, Macau, China

1991      Chen Wenling’s Woodcarving Exhibition, Macau Art and Craft Academy, Macau, China



[Awards and Honors]

2012    Recipient of the 7thAnnual AAC China Art Power Award for Excellence in Sculpture

2011    Awarded ‘Most Popular Exhibit’ in the International Sculpture Exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark

Public Art Award at the Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition in Perth, Australia

2010    Annual “Good Announcement Bird” Art Award given by Alternative Space;

Selected by “Art Value” magazine as one of the 2010 China’s Top 100 Most Influential Artists

2008    Awarded the May Fourth Youth Outstanding Contribution in Art by “Contemporary Art” magazine

2003    Beijing Biennale, China Sculpture Special Exhibition, ‘Red Memory’ was given the Most Popular Work Award

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