b. 1969 Chongqing, China


Chen Wenbo, who received his training at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, is considered one of the preeminent figurative oil painters in contemporary Chinese art. Chen’s detailed paintings place him in the Chinese contemporary realist movement, where he and his contemporaries study the quotidian object as centerpiece in their works. Chen’s work is characterized by the use of vivid colors and minutely detailed photorealism on a massive scale. He uses depictions of everyday objects in isolation as an interpretation of contemporary urban life; his subjects have included toilet paper, keys, pills, and dice. For his Epidemiology series, he selected food items and rendered them thickly in bright palettes, highlighting the mirrored gloss of an egg yolk, for example. His recent practice sees a new direction in his observation of the everyday – in these new paintings, he attempts to interrupt natural environments, taking inspiration from Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin’s term ‘carnivalesque’ where subversion of the dominant takes place. Chen’s more recent pieces take up the same themes, but move away from his earlier academic style—for an exhibition in 2009 titled “Abio-View,” he painted scenes taken from quotidian photographs across multiple large, irregularly shaped canvases. Chen explains that the interest of his practice is always “in the surface of things.”


His work is in major public collections such as the Ullens Foundation, Belgium; Olenska Foundation, Switzerland; Guangdong Art Museum, China; Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland; He Xiangning Art Museum, China; the dslcollection, France; and White Rabbit Gallery, Australia.





Day and Night

3.12 - 4.30, 2016


Press / News

Hou Hanru | Just drink it up!

For the last two decades, Chen Wenbo has been essentially working with painting. One can say, with more or less only one kind of painting: landscape of an “after-soft-drug” world. They appear to be banal at the first glance. But they become immediately intriguing when you look at them more closely. They are figurative, but without any human figures. They are no-man’s lands just left by by-passers, by intruders and longing to be re-occupied by other by-passers and intruders…

Robin Peckham | Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: Art and Everything Else

The art of a given era inevitably reflects the social and material conditions of its artists. Hopefully needless to say, our current moment is hardly marked by the extreme experimentation and renegade poverty of the artist villages of the early 1990s. We see a fair amount of art about athleisure and yoga mats these days. As a recent father myself, I spend a lot of time thinking about how artists’ practices have shifted with the introduction of children and family life into the equations of their studio time. Looking at Chen Wenbo’s work over the past year as a cohesive body—some two dozen paintings in a flat oil on canvas—it would appear to represent a rather holistic and comprehensive reflection of the urban milieu in which he thrives as an artist...

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