ZHANG Ruyi's artistic practice unfolds around everyday logic. Her work occupies a unique space which reconciles artefacts, the industrial experience, and urban life. The artist finds inspiration in everyday materials. In her main narrative approach, she begins with inner intuition and explores the hierarchical interactions between individuals, material, and place. Her work mainly involves installation, sculpture, and integrated media. She uses "reality" as a "model" for drawing out moments of individual perception as the city shifts around its inhabitants, and through the visual language of paradoxical transformation, plants it within the material to bestow a spiritual significance which extends beyond the material.

ZHANG Ruyi (b.1985) currently lives and works in Shanghai

2012 MFA, Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

2007 BA, Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

E-mail: z_r_y2000@163.com

Selected solo exhibitions


"Speaking Softly," UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

"Modern Fossil," SSSSTART, Shanghai


"Decoration: Building Debris," Tongren Road Space, Sifang Art Museum, Shanghai


"Consciousness of Location,"  Don Gallery, Shanghai

"Bonsai," François Ghebaly, Los Angeles


"Profile," Art | Basel Hong Kong (Discovery), Hong Kong


"Decoration: Dump," ( telescope ), Beijing

"Decoration: Commodity," MOCA PAVILION, Shanghai


"Building Opposite Building," Don Gallery, Shanghai

"Pause," WHITE SPACE-Beijing, Beijing

Selected Group Exhibitions


"Manifesto of Fragility- 16th Biennale de Lyon Contemporary Art," Museum Guimet and The Religious Art Museum of Fouviere, Lyon

"Breaching Sanctum," Tai Kwun, Hong Kong

"ON | OFF 2021 Carousel of Progress," He Art Meseum, Shunde

“Theseus Voyage”, Don Gallery, Shanghai 


"Death Ray on the Coral Island - Science Fiction and Its Archeology,"Power Station of Art, Shanghai

"MIRAGE OR REALITY," K11 Art Museum, Shanghai 

"Right now Right here Stand by Her," DOLAND Museum, Shanghai

"Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth," PACE, CA America


"More More More," TANK Shanghai, Shanghai

"The Palm at The End of The Mind," Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

"Metaphorical Reality," Almine Rech, Shanghai 

"Resistance of the Sleepers," UCCA Dune, Qinhuangdao


"Holy Mosses," Blindspot Gallery, Hong kong

"A Composite Leviathan," Luhring Augustine Bushwick, New York 

"Encounter Shanghai Urban Space Art Season," Yangpu Riverside, Shanghai

"Long Day," Aranya Centre, Qinghuangdao 

"Folded Veil," Kiang Malingue, Hong Kong

"Glow Like That," K11 Foundation, Hong Kong


"Steadfastly Lower the Standards in Nonproductive Construction," Don Gallery, Shanghai

"A World in a Grain of Sand: Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Geometries," FOSUN Foundation, Sanya

"Witness," Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

"Emerald City," K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong

"Walking On the Fade Out Lines," Rockbound Art Museum, Shanghai


"Zhong Guo 2185," Sadie Coles HQ, London

"Stress Field: 4th Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts," Hubei Museum of Art / Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan

"The New Normal: Art and China in 2017," UCCA  Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


"Get A Life," chiK11 art museum, Shanghai

"La Chair," A+ Contemporary, Shanghai

"A Beautiful Disorder," Cass Sculpture Foundation, Good Wood

"Mountain Sites: Views of Lao Shan," Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing

"WE: A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists," chi K11 art museum, Shanghai


"No Figurative," Shanghai 21st Century MINSHENG Art Museum, Shanghai

"Nocturnal Friendship," Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong



Received YISHU 8 Creative Young Artist Award


Received Creative M50 Young Artist Award

Received Luo Zhongli Contemporary Art Scholarship Award


Received the Coroma Fundation Contemporary Art Scholarship Award