Wang Jianwei (b.1958, Sichuan Province, China) lives and works in Beijing. Since the 1990s, he has been researching the influence of multiple sciences and interdisciplinary knowledge on contemporary art. Well-versed in philosophy, he draws from mathematics, data-collection methods, scientific experimentation, and neurology to develop a new language for art and to practice a cross-sector methodology. Such a vision illuminates his practice spanning new media, film, performance, painting, sculpture, and installation.

Wang’s major solo exhibitions include: “Treading in Sludge”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2022; “Always Being, But not the Whole”, Long March Space, Beijing (2021); “Time Temple”, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); “Yellow Signal”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011); “Welcome to the Desert of the Real”,  Sharjah Biennial & Beijing & Zurich & Basel (2010); Chambers Fine Art, New York (2007 & 2005); “Giant Steps”, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney (2004); Walker Art Center (2003).

His group exhibitions include: Sharjah Biennial 15, Sharjah, 2023; “START”, Start Museum, Shanghai, 2022-23; “We Borrow Dreams from Others, Like Debt”, MadeIn Art Museum, Shanghai, 2022-23; “The Arts of Memory”, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China (2021);  “Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence”, Centre Pompidou, Chengdu, China (2018); “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World”, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2017); “What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China”, Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar (2016); “Art of Change: New Directions from China”, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London (2012); “Edge of Elsewhere”, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia (2010); “Facing Reality”, National Art Museum of China, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria (2008); “China Contemporary”, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Netherlands (2006); “China Now”, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); 50th Venice Biennale (2003); 25th Sao Paulo Bienal (2002); “Translated Acts”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin & New York Queen Art Museum, New York (2001); documenta X, Kassel (1997).

Wang was the FCA (Foundation for Contemporary Art) Grant Recipient in 2008. He was also awarded the 10th Martell Artist of the Year (2013), Robb Artist of the Year (2013), the 7th AAC (Award of Art China) Artist of the Year – Installation and Multi-media (2012), and the CREDIT SUISSE Today Art Award (2011).