Zhang Enli graduated from Wuxi Technical University, Arts and Design Institute in 1989 and currently living in Shanghai. For Zhang Enli, painting itself is a vital activity, no matter his brushes are featuring human activities or illustrating daily objects.

As a painter who depicts the world in the perspective of daily life, Zhang devotes same attention and passion into every single bucket, wardrobe and individual. All the involved presentation is not only a re-presentation but an expression as well. Regarding the painting skills, a specific texture and volume of a single object or a group could be sensed through the transformation and conversion of lines and dimensions. Immersed in the inherent space of canvas, some of the objects in the paintings give a feeling that they are dissolved in the thin paint.

In terms of his space painting installations, what does matter is that he breaks all the conventions of the installation art today. Instead of placing single object together to create a so-called installation, ZHANG focuses on the installation art which speaks an artistic language of painting. While entering his painting installation, what stands among visitors is a dual sense of emptiness that integrated between the time and space. The beingness and the loneliness of the removed objects are featured by the traces they have left in the space. In this circumstance, the involvement of thinking and visualising generated between ‘existence’ and ‘nothingness’ in his paintings, has stimulated much reflection about the idea.

Zhang Enli, ShanghART Singapore
Zhang Enli
Jilin, 1965

Past Exhibitions

Sanguine: Luc Tuymans on Baroque

Fondazione Prada, Milan
18/10/2018 — 25/02/2019


chi K11 art space 27/05/2018 — 25/08/2018

Emerald City at chi art space

chi art space – K11 Art Foundation
28/03/2018 — 31/05/2018

Emerald City at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space

K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space 27/03/2018 — 22/04/2018

Antarctic Pavilion

Palazzo Molin 11/05/2017 — 30/07/2017

Solo Shows

Moca, ‘Zhang Enli’, Taipei, Taiwan
ShanghART Gallery, ‘Zhang Enli’, Shanghai, China
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Four Seasons’, Somerset, England

Hauser & Wirth, ‘The Box’, London, England
K11 Art Foundation Pop- Up Space, ‘Space Painting by Zhang Enli’, Hong Kong, China
Shanghai Night Club, ‘Hair’, Shanghai, China

Museo d’Arte contemporanea di Villa Croce, ‘Landscape’, Genova, Italy
ICA, ‘Space Painting’, London, England

Hauser & Wirth, ‘Topology’, Zurich, Switzerland

Hauser & Wirth, ‘Zhang Enli’, New York NY
Shanghai Art Museum, ‘Zhang Enli’, Shanghai, China

Minsheng Art Museum, ‘Zhang Enli’, Shanghai, China
Hauser & Wirth London, ‘Zhang Enli’, London, England

Group Shows

ShanghART Gallery, ‘The Uncertain, ort he Shelved…’, Shanghai, China
ZART Center, ‘Sense & Sensibility’, Shanghai, China
Chun Art Museum, ‘An Art Banquet’, Shanhai, China
Suzhou Silk Museum, ‘Silk Arena’, Suzhou, China
Le Centre Pompidou, ‘Cher(e)s ami(e)s, hommage aux donateurs, Paris, France
Chi K11 Art Museum, ‘We, A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists’, Shanghai, China

Moca, ‘Shanghai Ever’, Shanghai, China
Ocat, ‘About Painting Too’, Xian, China
ShanghART Beijing, ‘Comfort’, Beijing, China
PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, ‘Jing Shen. The Act of Painting in Contemporary China’, Milan, Italy
SPSI Art Museum, ‘My House Is Your House’, Shanghai, China
Jinji Lake Art Museum, ‘Garden Splendors’, Suzhou, China
ShanghART Singapore, ‘Paper’, Singapore
Minsheng Art Museum, ‘The System of Objects’, Shanghai, China
Lehmbruck Museum, ‘China 8. Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr’, Duisburg, Germany
San Antonio Museum of Art, ’28 Chinese’, San Antonio TX
Aurora Museum, ‘Nobody Knows Where, Zhang Enli and Christopher Doyle’, Shanghai, China
Villa Reale’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, ‘Don’t Shoot the Painter – UBS Art Collection’, Milan, Italy
YUZ Museum, ‘Myth/History II: Shanghai Galaxy’, Shanghai, China
Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Blow-UP—Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era’, Changjiang, China
Overbeck-Gesellschaft, ‘Die Beiläufigkeit der Dinge’ (‘The Incidental Nature of Things’), Lübeck, Germany
Chongqing Changjiang River Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Within Sight – Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era’, Chongqing, China

Long Museum West Bund, ‘Re-View’, Shanghai, China
Vancouver Art Gallery, ‘Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art’, Vancouver, Canada
Yokohama Museum of Art, ‘Yokohama Triennale 2014’, Yokohama, Japan
Long Museum, ‘Broken. Stand, The New Painting to Order’, Shanghai, China
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Aura of Poetry’, Shanghai, China
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art / Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names’, Beijing, China / Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Yuz Museum, ‘Myth/History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art’, Shanghai, China

Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, ’28 Chinese’, Miami FL
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, ‘Metropolis: Reflections on the Modern City’, Birmingham, England
Cafa Art Museum, ‘O’Clock. Time design. Design Time. ‘, Beijing, China
ShangART Gallery, ‘Foundational Work’, Shangai, China

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Jilin Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1965 Lives in: Shanghai