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

2019

"Bonsai," François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States


2018

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


2017

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

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


2016

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

"Pause," WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China


2014

"Gap," Bazaar Compatible Program, Shanghai, China

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

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


2013

"Filtrate," WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China


2011

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


Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019

"TIME IS THE NOW," Art Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China

"Glow Like That," K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China


2018

"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(Shanghai), Sanya, China

"Witness," Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, United Kingdom

"EmeraldCity," K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China

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


2017

"Zhong Guo 2185," Sadie Coles HQ, London, United Kingdom

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


2016

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

"A BeautifulDisorder," Cass Sculpture Foundation, Good Wood, UK

"Mountain Sites: Views of Laoshan," Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

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


2015

"No Figurative," Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

"Nocturnal Friendship," Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, China


2014

"Memo II,"WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China 

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


2013

"Script," J: Gallery, Shanghai, China

"Abuse,"Don Gallery, Shanghai, China

"Magnetic Fields," V ART Center Space 2, Shanghai, China

"Revel," MoCA, Shanghai, China

"Memo I," WHITESPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China


Rewards

2018

Nominated the Frieze Artist Award London 2018

2017

Received YISHU8 Creative Young Artist Award

2012

Received Creative M50 Young Artist Award

Received Luo Zhongli Scholarship Award

2010

Received the Coroma Foundation Contemporary Art Scholarship Award