Since the 1990s, his works have been widely shown both in China and abroad. His artwork covers a wide range of mediums – including painting, performance, video and installation. Shi Yong’s earliest artistic practice focused on revealing the subtlety of our reality and the inherent tension in the “system”. At the end of the 1990s, Shi began focusing on the idea of Shanghai’s modernization transition under Chinese economic reform, which contributed to a discussion on globalization and consumption. Since 2006, with the piece Sleepwalking, he turned his attention to the art scene he had been involved, wondering how to provide a more rational perspective through his works. Shi Yong’s 2015 solo exhibition, Let All Potential Be Internally Resolved Using Beautiful Form, continues his reflection on his art practice, disclosing his intention to discuss art and politics under the seeming “abstract” in the future.
Shi Yong was born in Shanghai in 1963. He graduated from Light Industrial School, Fine Arts Department. He resides and works in Shanghai. Shi Yong has exhibited widely since the early 1990’s. Recent shows include: Let All Potential be Internally Resolved using Beautiful Form , MadeIn Gallery, Shangha; Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Spaces for Maneuver- Between Abstraction and Accumulation, Ekaterinburg,Russia;Copylet, China Approriation ART, Power Station of Art, Shanghai; Essential Matters-Moving Images from China, Borusan Contemporary Perili Kosk, Istanbul,Turkey (2015); Off Site Programme, Silent Film, Ikon Gallery, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, U.K; Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands(2014); Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012); Grasstress 2011, Venice, Italy (2011); Negociation, The Second Today’s Documents, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2010); Shanghai Kino, Shanghai Kino, KUNSTHALLE BERN, Switzerland (2009); The 3rd Nanjing Triennial-Reflective Asia, RCM ART MUSEUM, Nanjing (2008); Think carefully, where have you been yesterday?, BizART, Shanghai (2007); The First Today’s Documents, Energy: Spirit ּ Body ּ Material, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2007); Follow Me!, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2005); Second Guangzhou Triennale, Guangsong Museum of Art, Guangdong (2005); Zooming into Focus, China National Art Museum, Beijing (2005); The Heaven, The World, ShanghART Gallery & H-Space, Shanghai (2004); 4th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2002); Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002) and BM99, Bienal da Maya, Maya Art Center, Portugal (1999) etc.