Gu became one of the leading figures in the New Wave art movement on the mid-1980s, when he utilized the technical skills he acquires in school for his iconoclastic painting and calligraphy projects. His works exemplify his revolt against the tyranny of the traditional aesthetic of brush and ink (bimo) by subverting it. The large-scale and unconventional composition of the paintings have created a spiritual and surreal world, which reflects the mentality of the Chinese society and idealist art of the 1980s, when huge social changes took place. By combining different character components, Gu has invented unreadable characters to investigate the power of the written word. In most of these works, he places these powerfully symbolic pseudo-characters in vast surreal spaces.

Gu Wenda
Gu Wenda
Shanghai, 1955

Past Exhibitions

ShanShui Within

MOCA Shanghai
03/09/2016 — 20/11/2016

Envision: Sculptures @ the Garden City

16/01/2016 — 15/04/2016

Solo Shows


“Yanhuang Genetic Landscape #1 & #2”, A Special Project For Art Stage, Singapore

“United Nations”, A Special Project For Art Basel Hong Kong, China

“Transformation”, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong, China

“Forest Of Stone Steles – Retranslation & Rewriting Hang Poetry”, Hanart Booth, Art Basel, Hong Kong, China

“Cultural Translation” A Special Art Project & Exhibition Art Museum, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, China


“Central Park”, Chamber Fine Arts, New York, Usa


A Special Curatorial Project “Home” For Ullence Center  For The Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


“Heavenly Lantern – Tea Palace”, An Ongoing Global Landart Project For  Europalia Festival, Brussels, Belgium

“United Nations – Man &  Space”, Drexel University, Usa

Group Shows


“The Cultural Hybridity”, The Dorsky Gallery, New York State University At Stoney Brook, Long Island, New York, Usa


“Open BooksArtist And The Chinese Folding-Books”, Art Museum, Institution Of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

“Boundless Possibilities Important Contemporary Chinese Ink Works By Four Pioneering Masters”, Artshare, Hong Kong, China

“Post Pop: East Meets West”, Saatchi Gallery, London, Uk

“Secret Signs: Calligraphy In Chinese Contemporary”, The Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg-Hamburg, Hamburg, German

“Homage To Hanart Tz Gallery”, Galerie 75 Faubourg, Paris, France

“Open Books Plus”, Australian Defense Force Academy, Canberra, Australia

“Open Books + : Artist’s Books From The Uk, China And Australia”, Logan Art Gallery, City Of Logan, Austrialia

Hadrien De Montferrand Gallery Booth, Art Basel, Hong Kong, China

Gajah Gallery Booth, Art Basel, Hong Kong, China

Ota Fine Art Booth, Art Basel, Hong Kong, China

“Ink Art: Past As Present In Contemporary China”, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, Usa

“Chinese Contemporary Ink Exhibition”, Christie’s China, Jingan Kerry Centre, Shanghai, China

“Chinese Contemporary Ink Exhibition”, Christie’s Singapore, Shangri-La, Singapore

“Chinese Contemporary Ink Exhibition”, Christie’s Taiwan, Fubon Life Assurance Building, Taipei, Taiwan

“Chinese Contemporary Ink Exhibition”, Christie’s Hong Kong, Convention Hall, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, China


Autumn Private Sales Exhibition, Christie’s, Hong Kong, China

Spring Private Sales Exhibition, Christie’s, Hong Kong, China

Christie’s Private Sales Exhibition, Art & Science Museum, Maria Bay Sands, Singapore

“Ink Art: Past As Present In Contemporary China”, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, Usa
“Water & Ink – China Contemporary Ink Paintings”, Sotheby’s Gallery, New York, Usa

“Beyond The Tradition: China Contemporary Ink Paintings”, Hong Kong International Convention Center, China

“Beyond The Tradition: China Contemporary Ink Paintings”, Art & Science Museum, Maria Bay Sands, Singapore

“Beyond The Tradition: China Contemporary Ink Paintings”, Basement, Futon International Convention Centre, Taipei


“Xu Bing, Ushio Shinohara, Gu Wenda, Qiu Zhijie Ink Performances”, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Usa

“China Contemporary Ink Art”, Christie’s Hong Kong, China

“Don’t Be Shy, Don’t Hold Back: The Logan Collection At Sfmoma”, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, San Francisco, Usa

“United Nations China Monument: Tample Of Heaven”, Google Art Project, Hong Kong Museum Of Art, China

“China Contemporary Ink Art”, Saatchi Gallery, England, London


“Community Of TastesChinese Contemporary Art Since 2000”Contemporary Art Musuem Of Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

“Inspiration Dior”, Pouchkine Museum, Russia

“The Hague Under Heaven”, The Hague Sculpture Festival, Hague, The Netherlands

“Shan Shui”, The Kunstmuseum Luzern, Swiss

“10Th International Shoebox Sculpture”, Univeristy Art Gallery, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, California, Usa

“10Th International Shoebox Sculpture”, Tennessee Valley Museum Of Art, Tuscumbia, Alabama, Usa

“10Th International Shoebox Sculpture”, Lsu Museum Of Art, Shaw Center For The Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Usa

“10Th International Shoebox Sculpture”, Murray State Kentucky, Murray, Kentucky, Usa

“10Th International Shoebox Sculpture”, Islas Center For The Arts, University Of Guam, Mangilao, Guam


Contacts & Details

City of birth: Shanghai Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1955 Lives in: New York