Chen Ying (b.1982, Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province, China) graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in 2010 with a degree in Scenography, and currently lives and works in Shanghai. Beneath an abstract picture with a straightforward composition and bright palette, Chen incorporates forces of creation, destruction, and transformation into interconnected tableaux to confront classic painting techniques and cognition, thus bringing out the timeliness and playfulness in his works. In his recent practice, Chen draws references from philosophy, social media, and cultural anthropology to question the misuse of digital technology and the proliferation of digital images today. He is nevertheless more concerned with the psychological force and confrontational tension therein, which can be congealed in his painting as an alarm of the homogenization in the technological paradigm, rather than any direct criticism.

His recent exhibitions include: “The Power of Painting”, Ennova Art Museum, Langfang, 2023; “Constellation”, Being Art Museum, Shanghai, 2023; “CHEN YING”, solo exhibition, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2022; “El Lissitzky’s Rooms”, Surplus Space, Wuhan, 2020; “The Image Is Not at Ease”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2020; “Chen Ying: Solo Exhibition”, KWM Art Center, Beijing, 2019; “Extreme Mix”, Guangzhou Airport Biennale, Guangzhou, China, 2019; “Chen Ying: Traceable”, MadeIn Gallery x Carlos/Ishikawa @CONDO, Shanghai, 2018; “Chen Ying: Reality & Regeneration”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2017; “Form Consumption over Substance Reflection”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2017.