PU Yingwei
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  • PU Yingwei
  • Birthdate: 1989
    Gender: Male
    Pu Yingwei, (b.1989), Lives and works in Beijing, China. received his BFA from Sichuan Fine art Institute, DNSEP (MFA with Félicitation du jury) from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Pu Yingwei's work has been defined as an exercise in conceptual art with a strong utopian zeal. He is the artist who interprets the multiple media and identity narratives that he practices in the public sphere as a comprehensive mobilization. Taking personal history as an absolute starting point, with the exhibition, writing, design, lecturing, teaching, and other forms of work, he attempts to produce a kind of “me-ta-politics" that transcends grand topics such as race, nation, and ethics. Such politics is as complex and full of paradoxes as the reality we experience.

    Recent solo exhibitions/projects: A Study in Scarlet: The Re-origin of Revolutionary Realism, MA-MOTH, London, 2021; Obscure Adventure - Speculative Pop & Pan-Chinesism, SSSSTART, Shanghai, 2021; Photoethic: CHINAFRICA, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, (2020); Time, History, Why We Fight, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2020); Pu Yingwei 1989, Organhaus, Chongqing (2019); Double Empire, Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois, Lyon (2018); If only it were true, Galerie Sator, Paris (2018); Pu Yingwei and Jim Thompson Architects, J:GALLERY, Shanghai (2017); Roman Nomade, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017); Recent group exhibitions: 13th Shanghai Biennale: Bodies of Water, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2021; Circular Impact: Video Art 21, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2021; An Archive Seven Trails, Taikang Space, Beijing (2020); Those who see and know all, are all and can do all, 798 Art Center, Beijing (2020); Gold en Flow, CHAO Art Center, Beijing (2020); Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2020); Dance With It, Taikang Space, Beijing (2018); The Comfort Zone At A Distance, Taikang Space-Light Pavilion, Beijing (2018); Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics, OCAT Shanghai/OCAT Insti-tute, Shanghai/Beijing (2017-2018); Fiction Art, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2018); I Do (not) Want To Be Part Of Your Celebration, Qiao Space & TANK Shanghai Project Space, Shanghai (2017); Reciprocal Enlightenment, CAFA, Beijing (2017). Recently curated exhibitions: Sino-Wharf from Chinatown to Red Internationalism, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2018).

    He won the John Moores Painting Prize (2012),His article “Empire’s Legacy:On “Pacing: A Journey of 70 years” and its silences” won the second prize of the IAAC ( International Awards for Art Criticism) prize (2019),He has been shortlisted for HuaYu Youth Award (2018),“China Art power 100”(2019), “Jimei·Arles Discovery Reward” (2020) and the Gen.T Asian Emerging Pioneers list (2020),Porsche “Young Chinese Artist of the Year” award (2021), His film “Interview” has been shortlisted for Caen Festival (2018).

    In the recent practice, Pu Yingwei turned to the new working background with the split of ideological camp and the return of imperialism. He has extensively studied and continued the visual heritage of socialist realism art and avant-garde art in the 20th century, also he has drawn nutrition from the visual culture of revolutionary art and ideological propaganda, thus forming the unique language system and historical perspective.
  • Biography
  • Awards


    Nominated for the “JIMEI·ARLES Discovery Reward 2020”

    Nominated for the Gen.T list 2020



    Second prize for the IAAC Awards



    Nominated for the HuaYu Youth Award

    Shortlisted for Caen Si Ciné ma Festival



    Solo Exhibitions


    “Time, History, Why We Fight”, Beehive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China



    Personal Project “Pu Yingwei and ChinaCapital”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China



    “Double Empire”, Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois, Lyon, France

    “If only it were true”, Galerie Sator, Paris, France



    “Pu Yingwei and Jim Thompson Architects”, J: GALLERY, Shanghai, China

    “Roman Nomade”, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017



    Group Exhibitions


    Beijing Contemporary Art Expo 2020, Beijing, China

    “Being of Evils”, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China



    “Dance With It”, Taikang Space, Beijing, China

    “The Comfort Zone At A Distance”, Taikang Space-Light Pavilion, Beijing, China

    “Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics”, OCAT Shanghai/OCAT Institute, Shanghai/Beijing, China

    “Fiction Art”, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China



    “I Do (not) Want To Be Part Of Your Celebration”, Qiao Space & TANK Shanghai Project Space, Shanghai, China

    “Reciprocal Enlightenment”, CAFA, Beijing, China

  • Exhibitions
  • Artworks
    • Dam Theater: I WANT TO BE MODERN

      Video | Single-channel video, color, sound | 00:23:11 | 2020 - 2021

    • Revolutionary Realism Font: Letter H (Ideology Cluster)

      Painting | Oil on canvas, image transfer, acrylic, spray paint, sticker, paint brush | 170 × 100 cm | 2020

    • ChinaCapital: Dream, Hot Land, Interstellar Colonization

      Painting | Oil on canvas, paint pen, marker pen, stamp, spray paint, paper collage | 100 × 170 cm | 2020

    • Roman Nomade:Western Guests

      Other | Postcard, 19-21th Century Stamps, ink | 2019

    • Revolutionary Realism Font:Modernity (Chinafrica)

      Painting | Oil on canvas,stamp,paint marker,graphite, ink-jet printing | 120 × 200 cm | 2019

    • Revolutionary Realism Font:Alphabet (instrument)

      Painting | Oil on canvas,paint marker,graphite, ink-jet printing | 100 × 80 cm | 2019

    • Memory Video-Ballad of Contour

      Video | single-channel color video, sound | 05:51:00 | 2017

    • Revolutionary Realism Font: WORK, Since the 18th century

      Painting | Oil on canvas, ink-jet printing collage | 20 × 30 cm | 2019

    • Revolutionary Realism Font: Black Flag

      Painting | Oil on canvas, ink-jet printing collage | 20 × 60 cm | 2019

    • Cadeau Tropical

      Video | single-channel color video, sound | 02:28:00 | 2018