Zhang Ruyi’s artistic practice embeds itself in nothing less than the logic of life. It is centred on the undisclosed relationship between ego consciousness, physical space, and mundane experience. By withholding certain “slices” of time and information of the material employed, the artist is able to capture, replicate, compress, condense or fabricate the materialisation of emotions. She is dedicated to the exploration of both positive and negative frictions between individuals and reality, nature and industrial landscape. Its position is that of a discursive apparatus, transforming the tactile into the visual. Taking the relational language of order aesthetics, she suggests the reconstruction of a specific space to be “read,” “questioned,” and “memorised.” She employs objects to question objects and spaces to question spaces, thus resisting the order. 

1985 Born in Shanghai, China. Lives and works in Shanghai, China

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

Solo Exhibitions


"Consciousness of Location,"

"Bonsai," François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, California, US



"Building Opposite Building," Don Gallery, Shanghai, China

"Pause," WHITE SPACE-Beijing, Beijing, China


"Cut | Off," Don Gallery, Shanghai, China

"A Line," J: Gallery, Shanghai, China


"Filtrate," WHITE SPACE-Beijing, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions


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

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

"Witness," Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK

"Emerald City," K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China

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


"Zhong Guo 2185," Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

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

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


"Get A Life," chiK11 art museum, Shanghai, China

"La Chair," A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, China

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

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

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


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

"Small is Beautiful," Jewelry Art & Boutique, Shanghai, China

"Nocturnal Friendship," Lehmann Maupin, HK, China


"Omnipresent Concrete," Hunsand Space, Beijing, China

"Soft Abstraction As Constellation," UCCASTORE, Beijing, China

"Memo I," WHITE SPACE Beijing, Beijing, China 

"Manual Machines," Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China

Project& Residence


Participant of the 2018 Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council in Residence Programme at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland

"Profile," Art Basel HK (Discoveries), Hong Kong, China


"Decoration: Dump," Telescope Artist Studio, Beijing, China

"Decoration: Commodity," MOCA Pavilion, Shanghai, China

Participant of the 2017 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Programme, Scotland, UK


"GAP," Bazaar Compatible, Shanghai, China


"Things that I don’t understand," Muskmelon Man Commune, Shanghai, China



Nominated the Frieze Artist Award London 2018


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