b. 1981, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
In 2012, Wu Wei graduated from the Experimental Art Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master's degree and now lives in Beijing. Wu's works are full of sensual desires, involving topics of civilization, barbarism, and mythology, looking for new feelings and possibilities in materials and space. The artist cuts and restructures paper, presenting furry textures. The ‘beastly pattern’ and certain kind of ‘godly creature’ with a vivid colour appears in parts, or interchangeable forms, and presents new meaning with the pure, abstract formal elements. The artist contemplates and investigates into the contemporary culture consistently, results in the symbolism in his works.
He participated in international art residency in Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany. His works have been exhibited in Tang Contemporary Art (Beijing), The Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture 2019, Ichihara Lakeside Museum (Japan), Whitebox Art Center (Beijing), Power Station of Art (Shanghai), Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Art, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (Philadelphia, U.S.A), Asian Library, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), XC. HuA Gallery (Berlin, Germany), Migrant Bird Space (Berlin, Germany), FLUC Art Space (Vienna, Austria) and many other art institutions; public collections include Minsheng Modern Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Whitebox Art Center, Today Art Museum, Being3 Art Foundation and other institutions. He won the 6th Anniversary Award for the New Artists Space Award in 2015, and won the 3rd New Star Art Festival Art Award in 2012.