Zeng Fanzhi is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing. At the beginning of his career Fanzhi’s paintings were marked by an emotional directness and expressionistic technique. He moved to Beijing in the early 1990s and his work took a turn in response to his new and more superficial environment, his work began to draw upon the isolation and instability of contemporary life.  Influenced by German Expressionism Zeng uses bold brushstrokes to depict figures with exaggerated features, he recently has referenced Chinese traditional art and calligraphy.

Zeng Fanzhi
Wuhan , 1964

Past Exhibitions

Zeng Fanzhi: In the Studio

Hauser & Wirth London
02/10/2018 — 10/11/2018


ShanghART West Bund
10/11/2016 — 15/02/2017

M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art

M+ West Kowloon Cultural District
23/02/2016 — 05/04/2016

Zeng Fanzhi in Paris

Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
17/10/2013 — 16/02/2014

Solo Shows

Parcours, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
Northern Land Southern Seas, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Zeng Fanzhi:The Sublime, Union Temple
Zeng Fanzhi, Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
Zeng Fanzhi, The National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

Zeng Fanzhi, Godia Fundation, Barcelona, Spain
Art Beijing 2009–Zeng Fanzhi, Art Fairs Agricultural Exhibition Centre of China, Beijing
Narcissus looks for Echo, Zeng Fanzhi Suzhou Exhibition, Suzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province
Zeng Fanzhi, Acquavella Gallery, New York

Group Shows

Arcadia, Gagosian, Central, Hong Kong

Northern Land Southern Seas, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
Studio, Qiao Space, Shanghai, China
The World Belongs to You, Palalazzo Grassi, Italy
Fusion. Contemporary Art Exhibition, Yiyuan Space, Wuhan

Made in popland, National Museum of Contemporary art
And-Writers 2010 – Nan Jing Biennale, Jiangsu Provingcial Art Museum, Nangjing
The Constructed Dimension,  Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, National Art Musume of China, Beijing
Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000-2009, Special Documenta, China National Convention Center, Beijing
Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Fairy Tales Selections from the MaGMA’s collection, Opera Gallery, Singapore
Photo Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Normality, 2009 Art Works Show, New Space of Fine Arts Literature Art Center
First Annual Conference of Collectors of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hejingyuan Art Museum, Beijing
Retrospect and Exploration, Hu Bei Province Art Museum
Another scene – artists’ projects, concepts and ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass, U.S.A.
China Gold, Museum Maillol, Paris, France
53rd Venice Biennial, Making World, La Biennale, Venice, Italy
Boao Asia Contemoprary Art Exhibition – Contemplation and Communication, Boao Asian Forum International Meeting Center, Hainan
Contemporary Art from Hunan & Hubei 1985 – 2009, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangdong

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Wuhan Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1964 Lives in: Beijing