Wang Chuan

China 1967


Wang Chuan
Wang Chuan
March 2, 2015

Wang Chuan is a Chinese photographer, known for his photography that captures China’s modern society, and it’s recent economic expansion and transition.

Born in 1967 in Beijing, Wang Chuan graduated in 1990 from the Book Design Department of the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing. In 2000 he completed a Master of Arts in Visual Art from a joint program between the Central Academy of Fine Arts – CAFA and Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art – QCA in Australia. He is currently Director of the Photography Department in the School of Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing.

Wang approaches photography like a painter. Rather than conceiving his photography as a decisive instant, Wang Chuan’s work is the result of patient contemplation on the composition that in the end creates a unique universe. His research and practice draws from the tradition of street photography, and its ability to track Chinese tradition despite the onslaught of construction and demolition of once-preserved sites. His focus as a photographer lies in recording what remains within the gap between these shifting landscapes. Wang uses pixels and contemporary digital photo techniques to capture the fleeting evidence of ‘the old China’ still present despite the race to modernize.

His early black and white Awakening series demonstrates cosmopolitan men surrounded by lotus flowers illustrating Wang’s conflict with the rapid change of China’s urban landscape. His recent works are photographic montages illustrating the desires of China’s emerging middle class, set against the destructive element of modernization and loss of nature.

The project named 8 Great Sites of Beijing centers on the historic sites of Beijing, each depicted in one panoramic landscape color photo shot, revealing real places stripped of nostalgia or historical reference. Using digital pixel-comprised imagery, Wang digs beneath the surface of the subject photo, unearthing the fundamental compressed features of Beijing.

Wang Chuan has exhibited his photography in China, the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria and in several other countries.

The artist lives and works in Beijing, China.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014Wang Chuan: ColorfulPekin Fine Arts, BeijingSolo
2013Locus - Wang ChuanA Thousand Plateaus Art Space, ChengduSolo
2012Wang Chuan’s Ink Painting ExhibitionGalerie 99, Aschaffenburg, GermanySolo
2012The Elements of Chinese Ink Art: Wang ChuanShanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, ShanghaiSolo
2011Refocus: Dragon - Wang ChuanPekin Fine Arts, BeijingSolo
2011Wang Chuan PhotoEpson Exceed Your Vision (Epsite), ShanghaiSolo
2010Open Frame: New Landscape Photography from ChinaYAVUZ Fine Art, SingaporeGroup
2010ParalinearPékin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
20108 Great Sites of Beijing and Beijing Pixels at Hidden City1949, BeijingGroup
2010Art BeijingBeijing, ChinaGroup
2010SHContempShanghai, ChinaGroup
2010Aloof from the Struggle and Aside from the HubbubPIFO New Art Gallery, BeijingSolo
2009The 8 Great Sites of BeijingPekin Fine Arts, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2009Hong Kong Art FairHong KongGroup
2009Art BeijingBeijing, ChinaGroup
2009Chongqing International Art FestivalChongqing, Sichuan province, ChinaGroup
2009Wang Chuan: The 8 Great Sites of BeijingPekin Fine Arts, BeijingSolo
2009Beijing Pixels - Wang ChuanGallery 49, BeijingSolo
2008Photo Miami and Art + Shanghai GalleryFlorida, USAGroup
2008Asia Contemporary Art Fair, China’s Unwanted GirlsI.D.S. Gallery, NY, USAGroup
2008Supernatural-China’s Contemporary PhotographyArtgate Gallery, NY, USAGroup
2008Art BeijingBeijing, ChinaGroup
2008China trifft Berlin3. Sommerfest der internationalen Kunst, Emerson Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Image Dynamics798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008ZoologyOsage HK, Hong KongGroup
2008Spring TrainingPekin Fine Art Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008Siemens Home Appliances - the 2nd Art Refrigerator Exhibition & Maternal and Infant HealthBeijing, ChinaGroup
2008Retrospective Exhibition of New Beijing GalleryNew Beijing Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2007LIPFLianzhou City, Guangdong provinceGroup
2007Lost and FoundSoka International Art Center, BeijingGroup
2007SightseeingA9 Space, BeijingGroup
2007Dialogue Contemporary ArtBeijing567 Glory and Dream ChineseGroup
2007Collective IdentityHK University Museum, Hong KongGroup
2007ViewWindow Contemporary Art From ChinaSt. Philips Chambers, Birmingham, UKGroup
2007My Favorate MoleskineBeijing, ChinaGroup
2007Collective IdentityChinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UKGroup
2007My LandscapeThe Courtyard Gallery, BeijingSolo
2006Post FactNew Beijing Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2006Harvest II photo expoArt Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2006Signs D’ ExistenceBeijing China, curated by Regis Durand, Centre National de la Photographie, ParisGroup
2006Waking of Graffiti - Wang Chuan’s New Oil PaintingOCT Contemporary Art Terminal, ShenzhenSolo
2006China Abstract II: Wang Chuan Solo ExhibitionZhu Qizhan Museum of Art, ShanghaiSolo
2005Chance EncountersBrisbane, AustraliaGroup
2004These – There: Images from Wang Chuan & Yao LuBeijing ChinaGroup
2001Trace of Life - A Retrospective Exhibition of Art Paintings by Wang ChuanHe XiangNing Museum of Art, ShenzhenSolo
2000PIEA Global photography Competition and Annual ExhibitionOrlando, USAGroup
2000RevisitedBrisbane, AustraliaGroup
1997Space and TransportationGraz, AustriaGroup
1997Public CollectionUBS Bank Art Collection, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
1997Group ShowNeuberger Berman Art Collection, New York, USAGroup
1997Group ShowPékin Fine Arts Gallery, BeijingGroup
1997Group ShowSoka International Art Center, TaiwanGroup
1997Group ShowRed Star Gallery, BeijingGroup
1997Group ShowArt+Shanghai Gallery, ShanghaiGroup