Jin Shan is one of the most promising artists of the younger generation in China. He works in different media to reflect the daily life of young people in contemporary China. He is a leading voice in an emerging generation of socially engaged contemporary artists in China, and an agent provocateur.
Shan was born in 1977 in Jiangsu, China. He received his BFA in 2000 at the East China Normal University, Faculty of Fine Arts.
Preferring wit and satire to aggression and conflict, Jin Shan uses humor and play to draw audiences into a confrontation with the social, cultural and political problems of the modern world. The kind of dizzying transformation of Chinese society which oftentimes brings artistic expression into direct conflict with state authority is more than present in Shan’s work.
One of the prevailing topics in his work is this critique of authority. In one of his recent works, Shanghai-based artist whimsically investigates the varied conditions of that particular subject. At the center of the installation, a larger-than-life silicone policeman is suspended from the ceiling. Slowly rising on a motorized wire against a projected backdrop of deep space, the figure suddenly drops to the ground. With eyes closed and palms open, the enraptured pose of the policeman is meant to evoke religious imagery.
Beyond his personal history, Jin Shan also uses his body in his sculptural and installation works.He has exhibited at international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennial in 2007 and the Singapore Biennial in 2006 and at many important art fairs worldwide.
Jin Shan was born in Jiangsu and lives and works in Shanghai, China. He is represented by Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, Aike Dell’Arco, Shanghai, and Masters & Pelavin, New York.