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Peikwen Cheng/ Peikwen Cheng

China 1975

Photography

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Peikwen Cheng
Peikwen Cheng
Male
China
1975
October 11, 2015
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Peikwen Cheng is an American-born Chinese photographer, who did not have any formal artistic education, but taught himself the art of photography. He was born in 1975 in the United States. In 1997, Cheng graduated from Stanford University, acquiring a degree in Product Design. Before exploring his interest in art, Peikwen was a successful designer and had won numerous awards such as the Industrial Design Excellence Award and a United States Design Patent by the American society of Industrial Design.

Less Than Zero series

Peikwen Cheng - Less Than Zero series, 2004
Peikwen Cheng – Less Than Zero series, 2004

Cheng’s keen eye and sense for scenery ensured praises by both critics and the public. Flash Forward festival has recently selected Peikwen as one of the rising stars of photography from UK, USA and Canada. He was also recognized by SIPF, Singapore’s photography biennial in 2010. Apart from these festivals, Cheng’s photographs were exhibited all over the world – in the UK, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Poland, the US, Canada, Syria, China, Cambodia and Singapore, to name a few.

Lost and Found series

Peikwen Cheng - Free on the Range, 2010 - Lost and Found series
Peikwen Cheng – Free on the Range, 2010 – Lost and Found series
Peikwen Cheng - Radio Flyer, 2010
Peikwen Cheng – Radio Flyer, 2010

Cheng lives a nomadic life, moving from one place to another. Each of the places he has visited and lived in (four countries on three different continents) has contributed to his artistic expression, becoming the integral part of his work. Many of his photographs, such as his renowned series Lost and Found, which took him almost 13 years to complete, are in black and white, because, as the artist says, “I love the ephemeral feeling that black and white evokes with the dusty desert and filtered light.”

He is represented by Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai and Paris.

Peikwen Cheng currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Love is…In Focus Galerie, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2015Art.Fairwith In Focus Galerie, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2015Photo Shanghaiwith MD Gallery, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2015Chinese ContemporariesMD Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2015The London ProjectMD Gallery London, United KingdomGroup
2015Art Karlsruhewith In Focus Galerie, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2015Sleeping BeautyMagda Danysz Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2014Contemporary Chinese PhotographyMagda Danysz Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2014Paris Photowith Magda Danysz Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, FranceGroup
2014Stage of Life – Gilbert Garcin and Peikwen ChengIn Focus Galerie, Cologne, GermanyDuo
2014Photo Beijing 2014China Millenium Monument, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2014Art Work – Stanford University Alumni Artist ShowcaseNew York, United StatesGroup
2014Photo Shanghaiwith MD Gallery, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2014Lost and FoundMagda Danysz Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2014Three Shadows Photography AwardThree Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2014LandscapesMD Gallery, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2013Paris Photowith Magda Danysz Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Talents: Four Featured Artists of 2012 by C O Berlin, in conjunction with Deutsche BörseCentre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster, LuxembourgGroup
2013Surge Art Beijing 2013Beijing, ChinaGroup
2013Chinese PhotographyEspace La Vallée Village, Serris, FranceGroup
2012Fotofever, with Charlet PhotographiesBrussels, BelgiumGroup
2012Talents 26: Lost and FoundC O Berlin, Berlin, GermanySolo
2011Counterpoint 2011: Journey to the EastTogonon Gallery, San Francisco, United StatesGroup
2011Renaissance Photography PrizeMall Galleries, London, United KingdomGroup
2011Intimate ChinaAM Gallery, Brighton, United KingdomGroup
2010Singapore International Photography Festival 2010SingaporeGroup
2010Flash Forward 2009 – Emerging Photographers from Canada, the UK and US from the Magenta FoundationGriffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, United StatesGroup
2010Snap OrlandoLucie Foundation, Orlando, FL, United StatesGroup
2009Seen in ChinaEmily Davis Gallery, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, United StatesGroup
2009Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers 2009Magenta Foundation, FotoWeek Central 4, Washington, DC, United StatesGroup
2009Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers 2009Magenta Foundation, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2008ScrapbookRed Box Studio, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008China in Transition: A Closer LookKinzelman Art, Houston, TX, United StatesGroup
2007Degrees of SeparationPeer Gallery, New York, NY, United StatesGroup
2007International Photography Awards 2006 Best of ShowLodz, PolandGroup
2007International Photography Awards 2006 Best of ShowAthens, GreeceGroup
2007International Photography Awards 2006 Best of ShowStockholm, SwedenGroup
2007International Photography Awards 2006 Best of ShowThe Hospital, London, UKGroup
2007International Photography Awards 2006 Best of ShowFarmani Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United StatesGroup
2007Give Us Your Best ShotBenham Gallery, Seattle, WA, United StatesGroup
2006International Photography GatheringLe Pont Gallery, Aleppo, SyriaGroup
2006International Photography Awards 2006 Best of ShowThe Angkor Photography Festival, Siem Reap, CambodiaGroup
2006International Photography Awards 2006 Best of ShowSplashlight Studios, New York, NY, United StatesGroup
2006Ice + Glass, ObjsdartLinc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2006The Line of BeautyKathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY, United StatesGroup
2006Art(212) Contemporary Art FairNew York, NY, United StatesGroup
2006APAture 2006Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2006Terror?Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2006Get on The BusCitySpace, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2006SpringBelcher Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
200624th Annual Juried Membership ExhibitionHouston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, United StatesGroup
2006Eyes on the RockAlcatraz Island, CA, United StatesGroup
2006Eyes on the RockCrissy Field, Golden Gate National Park, CA, United StatesGroup
2005CitationsKathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY, United StatesGroup
2005Musical VisionsKimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA, United StatesGroup
2005AAF Contemporary Art FairNew York, NY, United StatesGroup
200520 - 20 – a Perfect VisionBelcher Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2005Artwalk NYSotheby’s, New York, NY, United StatesGroup
2005APAture 2005SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2005Through the Eyes of the 22City Hall – San Francisco Arts Commision Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2005Through the Eyes of the 22Rolling Gallery – San Francisco Municipal Railway, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2004Unframed First LookSean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, United StatesGroup
2004Artwalk NYSotheby’s, New York, NY, United StatesGroup
2004Less than ZeroJoe Kish, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2004(Re) EmergenceRed Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2004ExposedBelcher Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2004APAture 2004SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2004Through the Eyes of the 22Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2003Artist ComplexBelcher Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2003Spring ShowBelcher Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup
2001Word UpBurning Man Festival, Black Rock City, NV, United StatesGroup
2001The Photograph as Cultural Document – Timeless and Fleeting Images of Our LivesUC Berkeley Extension Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGroup